Facilitated Communication: Just Say No to Mediums

Okay now we all know the Torah says no witchcraft. That means no building gingerbread houses and baking kids in EZ Bake ovens. No flying around on brooms on moonlight nights. No casting spells. No magical amulets, fortune telling, voodoo doctors, witch doctors and all the rest. Seems easy enough at least for those of us not addicted to the psychic hotline.

Oh right because see everything gets modernized. Remember King Shaul going to the Witch of Endor. Remember that they used to channel the dead. But yeah, nobody does that anymore, right?

Sure they do, they just call it by different names. That’s what a medium does but who really cares about mediums. It’s not like mediums are about to become a major issue for Jews. Oh but mediums come in different flavors. Instead of medium, try facilitated communication. Same idea but less filling.

The concept has been kicking around for a while and at first glance seems on par with the people who do the table rapping and the Ouija board juggling. They take autistic kids, the adult’s hand is on the kids and they begin ‘drawing’ messages supposedly from the autistic kids. Not a big deal until they began claiming that these messages represented some sort of higher spiritual plane of knowledge.

Not something most of us would need to take seriously normally except this has now somehow morphed its way into the loonier fringes of the Kabbalah world, where facilitated communication is supposedly producing prophecies or revelations from these autistic kids. Worse yet there are Rabbanim involved in this. How is Hashem not clear?

ד  כִּי הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה יוֹרֵשׁ אוֹתָם–אֶל-מְעֹנְנִים וְאֶל-קֹסְמִים, יִשְׁמָעוּ; וְאַתָּה–לֹא כֵן, נָתַן לְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ. 14 For these nations, that thou art to dispossess, hearken unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
טו  נָבִיא מִקִּרְבְּךָ מֵאַחֶיךָ כָּמֹנִי, יָקִים לְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ:  אֵלָיו, תִּשְׁמָעוּן. 15 A prophet will the LORD thy God raise up unto thee, from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

No witchcraft. No fortune tellers. No mediums, whether you call it facilitated communication or anything else. It is not Jewish. It has no place in Torah no matter how many times you quote the Rambam who would take a stick and beat you senseless if he had a clue what you were up to.

You are literally taking superstitious beliefs from the goyim, importing them and trying to make it Jewish.  Oh look, that’s what Moshe spent all that time warning us about. You want prophecies, study Tanach. You want to know what’s to come, study Daniel. Don’t take autistic kids, scrawl their hands around and start rambling about prophecies or revelations. You are not a navi nor are those kids. What you’re doing is explicitly forbidden by the Torah. It’s an abomination and it’s described as contaminating the land.

ט  כִּי אַתָּה בָּא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ–לֹא-תִלְמַד לַעֲשׂוֹת, כְּתוֹעֲבֹת הַגּוֹיִם הָהֵם. 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

So cut it out.