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118:20). Every message the King requiresgoes forthfromthis Lady's house. Any message from below that is sent to the King arrivesfirst at the house of His Lady,and from there proceeds to the King. The Lady is thus the universalgo-between, from above to below and from below to above. She is the emissary of all, of whom Scripturesays: "The angel of the Lord who goes before the Campof Israelmoved on" (Ex. 14:19). Israel above. "Theangel of the Lord"-the one of whom it says "The Lord walked before them" (Ex.

Johnson,"Marian DevotionintheWesternChurch" Elizabeth II,ed. Raitt Spirituality Books,1988),p. 400-405. 136This places her in the role of mediatrixin the other direction as well, offering the prayersof humanityto her risen Son. Shekhinah too is conduit of divine grace, indeed of the life-force itself, into the lowerworlds. 137As Motherof the lower worldsand as Throneof Divine Glory, it is also she who receives the prayersof humanityand the merits of theirgood deeds. Here the traditionsdiverge along the predictablefault of virginal/celibate versus marital/coitaldifference.

In fact the greatlove amongthe disciples of RabbiSimeon ben Yohai as depicted in the Zoharis reminiscentof the fellowship of the Apostles. See Liebes, "ChristianInfluences on the Zohar,"(Hebrew)p. , "Mashiahshel ha-Zohar"162ff. and English translations in his Studiesin the Zohar (Albany: SUNY Press, 1993). 101. See. S. Rawidowicz, "Saadya'sPurification of the Idea of God" in Saadya Studies, ed. E. R. Rosenthal(Manchester:ManchesterUniversityPress, 1943), pp. 139-165; H. A. Wolfson, "Maimonides on Negative Attributes"in TheLouis GinzbergJubilee Volume(New York:Jewish Theological Seminaryof America, 1945), pp.

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