Kabbala #4: Why 10? – aish.com

The Sefirot are our human perceptions of God’s various interactions with the world, as discussed in “The Ten Sefirot.”. What is the significance of the number “ten”? In the Kabbalistic metaphor, numbers are not merely arithmetic notations. Numbers have a personality and are qualitatively meaningful.

Seder Table: A Kabbalistic Perspective – aish.com

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Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator – aish.com

The sefirah of yesod, “foundation,” translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God. Therefore, by analyzing the primary characteristics of this human organ, we can get a through understanding of the attribute of yesod. 1. We find that while the cells of every organ are very …

Kabbala #8: Binah – Processing Wisdom – aish.com

The second of the Ten Sefirot — binah – is the womb where raw understanding is developed and processed. In the last installment in this series, we have discussed chochmah or “inspired wisdom.” We now come to the second of the Ten Sefirot, which is binah or “processed wisdom,” also known as …

Kabbala #6: The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

God funnels His will through the primary Sefirot of intellect, creating a world where each event and interaction is part of a larger, comprehensible pattern. We are now ready to introduce the Ten Sefirot — the ten emanations of God. At their fundamental level, the Ten Sefirot are a step-by-step …

Kabbalah and Lag B’Omer

Forget the red string. What exactly is Kabbalah? Lag B’Omer, the 33 rd day of the Omer, is celebrated as a commemoration of the memory of Rabi Shimon bar Yochai. A prominent sage of the Mishna, Rabbi Shimon is best known as the author of the chief mystical work, the Zohar, or “Luminescence …

Kabbala #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn’t – aish.com

Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable “will” that goes beyond reason or cause and effect. We have portrayed the sefirot as a chain of command starting with the idea (chochmah) and finishing with the implementation (malchut). However, the “idea” is never the real beginning of an act …

Kabbalistic Insights into Shvat – aish.com

Each month of the Hebrew calendar contains mystical meaning. Shvat teaches us about the wellsprings of wisdom. The word shvat is related to the Hebrew word for a staff or rod. A staff can be used as a symbol of power, or as a cane to lean on. It serves a master. This is an underlying theme of the …

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Kabbala #9: Daat – The Bridge Between Idea and Reality

First I must mention my reverence for these articles on the Kabbalah. It is a relief to find insight in “mystical” truths without having to weed through the sea of occult terminology and ritual that often hides the proper message.

Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite – aish.com

How can we get a glimpse of God? Kabbala reveals how the Infinite interacts with humanity. The Kabbalah is about understanding God. This brings us to a major paradox, because how can we — who are finite, understand God, who is Infinite. The Kabbalah describes God as Ein Sof, which in Hebrew means …

Kabbala #11: Gevurah: The Strength of Judgment

The fifth of the Ten Sefirot — gevurah– is the second sefira of action and one which brings strict justice into the world. We thus speak of God’s primary modes of action as being the kindness and unaccountability of chesed, versus the stringency and strict accountability of gevurah. It is called …

The Soul #3 – Ten Sefirot

While studying at the famed yeshivas of Chaim Berlin, Lakewood and the Mir in Jerusalem, Rabbi Noson Weisz also received a degree in Microbiology from the University of Toronto, MA in Political Science at the New School for Social Research and his LLB from the University of Toronto.

Kabbala #13: The Interplay of Matter and Form – aish.com

Creation of raw matter is an act of chesed-kindness. Giving form to creation requires the restraint of gevurah-strength. Matter and form are concept familiar to anyone with a passing acquaintance with Greek philosophy. The most familiar example of their interaction is a sculpture — the stone is the …

Kabbala #18: Center of the Earth – aish.com

The sefirot of chesed, gevurah, tiferet– kindness, strength and beauty — have an interrelationship that serves as a model for understanding the relationships between the other sefirot.

Kabbala #10: Chesed – The World is Built on Kindness

The fourth of the Ten Sefirot — chesed– precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated. In the earlier parts to these series, we have explored the meaning of the first three of the Ten Sefirot, which we described as the attributes of the “intellect.” We are …

Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy – aish.com

The dynamic of interaction between the three sefirot of “action” can be compared to a courtroom where kindness, chesed, is the defender and judgment gevurah/din the prosecutor. The following verse to illustrate the relationship of these different modes. In a section dealing with God sitting and …

Climax of History – Current Events and Kabbalah: Part 3

The flow of world events, highlighted by the September 11 attacks, point to the dramatic culmination of history. Throughout Jewish history, there has rarely, if ever, been a single group of Jews. It was no different thousands of years ago in the desert either, where a large number of Jews rejected …