What are the modern beliefs and opinions of the Shekhina being the feminine presence / version / alternate of God who dwells on the earth?
In his article "Shekhina," as referenced by the Encyclopedia Britannica, Ilil Arbel, Ph.D., wrote, "The manifestation of a loving maternal entity, ready to defend her people even from God Himself, brings a feeling of comfort that a paternal, invisible entity like Yahweh cannot bestow upon His worshipers. Shekhina represented compassion in its purest form, and despite being, officially, the female side of God, she was visible and audible as a feminine entity in her own right."
The complete article is here: http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/shekhina.html
The Encyclopedia Britannica page is here: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/539592/Shekhina
What are the current Judaic perspectives on this concept of Shekhina? Is it explored, rebuked or embraced?