Shirah: Known to many of the Masada women as the Witch of Moab and Ben Ya'ir. She supervises Yael in one of Masada's dovecotes.
“The women who joined in this way of life believed that few were closer to Shechinah than the KEDESHAH. They embraced the feminine aspect of God, the Dwelling, the deep place where inspiration abided, for in the written words of God, compassion and knowledge were always female.”
“The wickedness of the world was a part of creation, i knew this, and the angel of death had been created on that day when life first appeared, yet I was embittered. I wept for what I had lost and what the world had lost and would yet lose again.”
“I dried my eyes because he asked me to do so. I had always done as he asked, not because I was bound to do so by duty but because I saw the depth of who he was and how he himself suffered. when I gazed at him, I did not see the brutal face his enemies looked upon, or the heavy arms and back of a warrior who carried armor and steel, but the young man at the well who had seen beyond my henna tattoos. He had always known who I was....He whispered that he would prefer to spend what little time we had left in each other's arms. Let us not speak, or tend to our troubles, let us lie together and forget the world, remembering only each other.”
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