Sunday, 29 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

Since the goal is to make the upper masculine and feminine energies unite, man has to “resemble” physically the higher masculine configuration, i.e. configuration זעיר אנפין. The Tefilin on the head represent the directive lights he receives from the higher configuration of אימה; the Tefilin on the hand represent the feminine configuration that attaches to his left side. The Talit represents his surrounding lights given also by the configuration אימה.

After configuration זעיר אנפין receives his directive lights from the higher configuration of אימה and they enter his head, they emerge from his forehead toward the outside in four different lights. The Tefilin of the head represent these lights; they comprise four compartments, each one containing a portion of text from the Torah, written on parchment.

Each one of these four lights also brings out an aspect of Levush (garment), which are the four compartments for the Parashiot.

Since the Mo’hin are directive lights that comprise ten Sephirot, the Tefilin are a representation of these ten lights:

The four compartments on the forehead are the Sephirot HBD – חכמה, בינה, דעת (which divides in two).

The two straps on the side of the head are the Sephirot חסד and גבורה.

The knot on the back is Sephira תיפארת.

The two straps that come down on the sides are the Sephirot Netsa’h and הוד: Netsa’h until the chest and הוד until the navel.

The knot that makes the י (Yud) on the Tefilin of the hand is the Sephira יסוד of configuration ז׳א. From there (the arm of ז׳א), the building of the feminine configuration begins.

The Tefilin on the arm represent the feminine configuration Ra’hel. The order of the Parashiot is the same as in the Tefilin on the head, but in only one parchment.

The three wrappings on the biceps correspond to the three first Sephirot of נוקבה. The seven wrappings on the forearm correspond to the seven lower Sephirot.

The three wrappings on the finger correspond to the NHY (נצח, הוד, and יסוד) of ז׳א, which enter inside the נוקבה to be its Mo’hin – directive lights.

Since configuration ז׳א receives two types of directive lights, one from the configuration אבה, and one from the configuration אימה, there are two types of Tefilin:

  • Tefilin of אימה are called Tefilin of Rashi. They are the regular type worn by all
  • Tefilin of אבה are called Tefilin of Rabenu Tam. They are worn by only a few, together or after the ones of Rashi

The difference is in the order of the writing of the four Torah portions – Parashiot.

As we can see, every element of the prayers, whether physical or spiritual, has very deep and essential meanings to give important forces and power to the one praying. It is a pity that these powerful and beautiful rituals are taken mistakenly for “folkloric recitations” in an incomprehensible language, part of “one has to do” type of thing when attending a prayer in a synagogue.

By making the effort to understand the deeper meanings of these rituals, one will discover a whole new definition and reason for his special relationship with the higher worlds and his Creator

Sunday, 29 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

The main names are:

  • Y-H-V-H – י-ה-ו-ה
  • Ein Sof – אין סוף
  • Adona-y – אדנ- י
  • Ahy-h – אהי-ה
  • Elohi-M – אלוה-ים

Sephira

                   Name

כתר אהי-ה AHY-H
חכמה י-ה YH
בינה י-ה-ו-ה YHV-H (vowels of Elohi-m)
דעת אהו-ה AHV-H
חסד אל EL
גבורה אלהי-ם Elohi-m   
תיפארת י-ה-ו-ה YHV-H
נצח יהו-ה -צבאות YKVK Tsebaot 
הוד צבאות אלהי-ם Elohi-m Tsebaot  
יסוד י שד- Shada- y
מלכות אדנ- י Adona- y

Ein Sof– אין סוף

Ein Sof – The without limit or Infinite, is the most used Name for G-od in the Kabbalah. Since His light or energy cannot be measured by any definition or limiting terms, we therefore use the name “Ein Sof” (without limit) since we know and admit that G-od and the concept of limitlessness or without end is beyond our human comprehension. This name represents kindness.

Adona-y – אדנ- י

This name represents the feminine aspect of G-od; it has an aspect of rigor and is represented by the Sephira מלכות. It also represents the feminine configurations of Ra’hel and Leah. Since men’s prayers are first directed to the Sephira מלכות before they can be transmitted higher, this name also represents the closest relationship between man and his Creator.

Ahy-h – אהי-ה

This name represents the higher masculine aspect of G-od, and is represented by the Sephira כתר. It shows kindness together with the awe of G-od.

Elohi-M – אלוה-ים

One of the names of G-od, represented by the Sephira גבורה. In general, it denotes rigor in the actions of G-od.

Y-H-V-H (הוהי)

The primary name of G-od reveals kindness and mercy, represented by the Sephira תיפארת. All that was created has its origin in these four letters. Most of the guidance is manifested by this name and its different spellings that make new individual names.

By spelling each one of the four letters of this name differently, the numerical value of the name changes, and each one of these possibilities becomes different in its nature and actions.

בן BaN 52
מה MaH 45
סג SaG 63
עב A”V 72

The four Miluyim (spellings) are:

    ה ו ה י    
עב הי ויו הי יוד
15 22 15 20 = 72
סג הי ואו הי יוד
15 13 15 20 = 63
מה הא ואו הא יוד
6 13 6 20 = 45
בן הה וו הה יוד
  10 12 10 20 = 52

Each name can also be divided and subdivided to describe even more precisely the different outcomes and manifestations of these energies:

‘A”V of ‘A”V, SaG of ‘A”V, MaH of ‘A”V …

BaN of BaN of SaG, SaG of MaH of ‘A”V etc.

The lights or forces that are clothed in these letters or their combinations emanate masculine or feminine configurations that make the guidance of the worlds.

Sunday, 29 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

Tsimtsum

The “Tsimtsum” is the first act of Ein Sof (Infinite) in the creation. It is the retraction of His light from a certain space and encircling it, so as to reduce its intensity and allow created beings to exist. After this contraction, a ray of His light entered this empty space and formed the first Sephirot.

By these boundaries, He revealed the concepts of rigor and limit needed by the created beings, and gave a space for all the created to exist.

‘Hallal – vacant space

After the Tsimtsum (retraction) of His light, an empty space called ‘Hallal was left in the center of this new creation – a space without His full presence. This space is circular and contains all possibilities of existence for separated entities given that they are now distanced from the intensity of His light.

Reshimu – imprint

When His light retracted to form this round space, a trace of it called Reshimu – imprint remained inside. This lower intensity light allowed a space of existence (Makom) for all the created worlds and beings.

The roots of all future existence and events are in the Reshimu. Nothing can come into existence without having its root in this imprint.

The combination of the Reshimu  – imprint of the original light and the Kav – ray of His direct light, will be the origin of all future worlds and existence.

Sunday, 29 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

About Kabbalah

The Kabbalah is the mystical and esoteric explanation of the Torah. It teaches the unfolding of the worlds, the will of the Creator, the various ways of guidance of these worlds, the role of man in the creation, and more. No other writings explain in details; the creation of this world and the ones above it, the energies that influence its guidance, nor the final goal of everything. These writings are based on ancient Jewish texts and mostly on the Zohar.

The Kabbalah teaches us that the world is guided by an extremely complex system of forces or energies, which through their interactions provoke chain reactions that impact directly on man and the worlds. Each one of these reactions has numerous ramifications, with many details and results. It explains to us the true guidance of the world, so that we may understand the will of God. How and why He created the world, in what way He governs it, the provenance of the souls and angels, the reasons for the dualism of reward and punishment, etc.

 

 

The word Kabbalah comes from the verb Lekabel (to receive), but to receive it is first necessary to want, and to become a Keli(recipient) able to receive and contain this knowledge. The Kabbalah also demonstrates to us the importance of man, because only he, by getting closer to the Creator, can influence these incredible forces. For this, one has to elevate to a higher dimension of understanding, and start asking himself some very important questions like; “Why”, “What is the purpose of doing this act or this prayer”, “What are the outcomes of my actions” etc.

The other writings explain in the least details “how” to do, but only the Zohar and the Kabbalah explain to us the exact reasons, and effects of all our prayers and actions.

I believe that most yearn to serve at their best the Creator, but have been accustomed to execute and not seek further, or were kept away from this knowledge. It is now the time to know and learn this magnificent science, as it is written and recommended:

“From there, you shall seek the Lord your G-od, and you shall find him if you seek him with all your heart, and with all your soul.” (Devarim 4,29)

“The one, who was able to learn the secrets of the Torah (Kabbalah) and did not make an effort to understand them, will be severely judged”(Even Shelomo 85, 24). – HaGra, HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu de Vilna

All the souls in this present world, that will make the effort to know their Creator through His secret writings (Kabbalah), will ascend higher than all the other souls that did not learn and understand, and will be first at the time of the resurrection. (Zohar, Vayeshev, 182, 2)

The man who learns Kabbalah is above all the others. (Zohar, Shemini, 42,)

The one that learns Kabbalah to understand the secrets of the Torah, and the purpose of the Mitsvot according to the Sod (secret), is called a “Son” of the Lord.(Zohar, Vayera)

And finally, the very clear obligation in the Torah “To know, now”, and not just believe:

“וידעת היום והשבת אל-לבבך כי יהו-ה הוא האלה-ים בשמים ממעל ועל-הארץ מתחת אין עוד”

Know, today, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is G-od in heaven above and upon the earth beneath, and there is no other.” (Devarim, 4.39)

Sunday, 29 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

The Kabbalah teaches us that the world is guided by an extremely complex system of forces or energies, which through their interactions provoke chain reactions that impact directly on man and the worlds. Each one of these reactions has numerous ramifications, with many details and results. It explains to us the true guidance of the world, so that we may understand the will of God. How and why He created the world, in what way He governs it, the provenance of the souls and angels, the reasons for the dualism of reward and punishment, etc.

The word Kabbalah comes from the verb Lekabel (to receive), but to receive it is first necessary to want, and to become a Keli (recipient) able to receive and contain this knowledge. The Kabbalah also demonstrates to us the importance of man, because only he, by getting closer to the Creator, can influence these incredible forces. For this, one has to elevate to a higher dimension of understanding, and start asking himself some very important questions like; “Why”, “What is the purpose of doing this act or this prayer”, “What are the outcomes of my actions” etc.

The other writings explain in the least details “how” to do, but only the Zohar and the Kabbalah explain to us the exact reasons, and effects of all our prayers and actions.

I believe that most yearn to serve at their best the Creator, but have been accustomed to execute and not seek further, or were kept away from this knowledge. It is now the time to know and learn this magnificent science, as it is written and recommended:

“From there, you shall seek the Lord your G-od, and you shall find him if you seek him with all your heart, and with all your soul.” (Devarim 4,29)

“The one, who was able to learn the secrets of the Torah (Kabbalah) and did not make an effort to understand them, will be severely judged”(Even Shelomo 85, 24). – HaGra, HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu de Vilna

All the souls in this present world, that will make the effort to know their Creator through His secret writings (Kabbalah), will ascend higher than all the other souls that did not learn and understand, and will be first at the time of the resurrection. (Zohar, Vayeshev, 182, 2)

The man who learns Kabbalah is above all the others. (Zohar, Shemini, 42,)

The one that learns Kabbalah to understand the secrets of the Torah, and the purpose of the Mitsvot according to the Sod (secret), is called a “Son” of the Lord.(Zohar, Vayera)

And finally, the very clear obligation in the Torah “To know, now”, and not just believe:

“וידעת היום והשבת אל-לבבך כי יהו-ה הוא האלה-ים בשמים ממעל ועל-הארץ מתחת אין עוד”

Know, today, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord is G-od in heaven above and upon the earth beneath, and there is no other.” (Devarim, 4.39)

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

The Mo’hin are the directive force given to a configuration by one or two superior configurations. Depending on the state of growth, there are Mo’hin of Katnut – infancy – and of Gadlut – growth. There are also Mo’hin that enter the lower configuration – interior, and Mo’hin that encircle him – exterior. These directive forces vary in strength and intensities.

During gestation, the directive force are at the lowest level and are called NHY (נצח, הוד, יסוד) of the Mo’hin; they are of the aspect of נפש.

During the suckling, the lights grow and the directive force are at a higher level; they are called HGT (חסד, גבורה, תיפארת) of the Mo’hin and are of the aspect of רוח.

During growth, the directive forces are now fully developed to guide with the full force of HBD (חכמה, בינה, דעת); they are of the aspect of נשמה.

Two distinct Mo’hin come to ז׳א: directive forces of אימה arrive first, and then the directive forces of אבה, second. The directive forces that are given from אבה and from אימה to ז׳א, are called his Tselem (צלמ) and do not completely enter into him

The ones that enter inside the lower configuration – interior, are the three Sephirot NHY (נצח, הוד, יסוד) of the superior configuration, they divide in three and are now composed of nine parts and correspond to the צ. They spread into the nine Sephirot of ז׳א.

The ones that do not enter are HBD, HGT of the higher configuration. They do not enter inside the lower configuration, but rather encircle him on the outside in the three-column arrangement of kindness, rigor and mercy. The encircling Mo’hin are of a higher aspect than the interior Mo’hin and correspond to the למ of the complete Mo’hin -צלמ  

The HGT (חסד, גבורה, תיפארת) that surround him correspond to the ל

The KHBD (כתר, חכמה, בינה, דעת) that encircle him correspond to the מ

Before reaching its full force, ז׳א goes through three prepatory states. First, from his original six Sephirot (infancy 1) he will get his higher four Sephirot which are his directive force, from ISOT 2 (growth 1). When these directive forces exit[3] it is infancy 2, when they come back to him through ISOT 1 (אבה and אימה), he has reached his full growth (growth 2).

Therefore, for the two infancies and two growths of configuration ז׳א, there are directive forces corresponding to each one of these different states of growth.

Directive forces of infancy

There are two types of directive forces of infancy: Katnut (infancy) 1 and Katnut 2.

When configuration ז׳א only receives the NHY (נצח, הוד, and יסוד) of his Mo’hin – interior – but not the encircling, they are the directive forces  of Katnut 1.

When he receives the NHY (נצח, הוד, and יסוד) of his directive forces directly from אימה, they are the directive forces  of Katnut 2.

Directive forces of growth

There are two types of directive forces of Gadlut (growth): Gadlut 1 and Gadlut 2.

When configuration ז׳א receives all his directive forces – interior and encircling from ISOT, they are directive forces  of Gadlut 1. When he receives all his directive forces directly from אימה, they are directive forces  of Gadlut 2, and he has now attained his full maturity.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

Since the goal is to make the upper masculine and feminine energies unite, man has to “resemble” physically the higher masculine configuration, i.e. configuration זעיר אנפין. The Tefilin on the head represent the directive lights he receives from the higher configuration of אימה; the Tefilin on the hand represent the feminine configuration that attaches to his left side. The Talit represents his surrounding lights given also by the configuration אימה.

After configuration זעיר אנפין receives his directive lights from the higher configuration of אימה and they enter his head, they emerge from his forehead toward the outside in four different lights. The Tefilin of the head represent these lights; they comprise four compartments, each one containing a portion of text from the Torah, written on parchment.

Each one of these four lights also brings out an aspect of Levush (garment), which are the four compartments for the Parashiot.

Since the Mo’hin are directive lights that comprise ten Sephirot, the Tefilin are a representation of these ten lights:

The four compartments on the forehead are the Sephirot HBD – חכמה, בינה, דעת (which divides in two).

The two straps on the side of the head are the Sephirot חסד and גבורה.

The knot on the back is Sephira תיפארת.

The two straps that come down on the sides are the Sephirot Netsa’h and הוד: Netsa’h until the chest and הוד until the navel.

The knot that makes the י (Yud) on the Tefilin of the hand is the Sephira יסוד of configuration ז׳א. From there (the arm of ז׳א), the building of the feminine configuration begins.

The Tefilin on the arm represent the feminine configuration Ra’hel. The order of the Parashiot is the same as in the Tefilin on the head, but in only one parchment.

The three wrappings on the biceps correspond to the three first Sephirot of נוקבה. The seven wrappings on the forearm correspond to the seven lower Sephirot.

The three wrappings on the finger correspond to the NHY (נצח, הוד, and יסוד) of ז׳א, which enter inside the נוקבה to be its Mo’hin – directive lights.

Since configuration ז׳א receives two types of directive lights, one from the configuration אבה, and one from the configuration אימה, there are two types of Tefilin:

  • Tefilin of אימה are called Tefilin of Rashi. They are the regular type worn by all
  • Tefilin of אבה are called Tefilin of Rabenu Tam. They are worn by only a few, together or after the ones of Rashi

The difference is in the order of the writing of the four Torah portions – Parashiot.

As we can see, every element of the prayers, whether physical or spiritual, has very deep and essential meanings to give important forces and power to the one praying. It is a pity that these powerful and beautiful rituals are taken mistakenly for “folkloric recitations” in an incomprehensible language, part of “one has to do” type of thing when attending a prayer in a synagogue.

By making the effort to understand the deeper meanings of these rituals, one will discover a whole new definition and reason for his special relationship with the higher worlds and his Creator

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

The soul has five levels, their names are: Nefesh, Rua’h, Neshama, ‘Haya and Ye’hida. The soul is the spiritual entity inside the body, the latter being only its outer garment. Each soul has a precise root and a possibility of acquiring the highest level of this root. All come first with a lower level, and will, if they merit, attain the next higher level.

Nefesh

The first and lower level. It is acquired at birth and before the succeeding levels. It corresponds to the level of the physical world of ‘Asiah and of the feminine configuration Nukva.

Rua’h

The second level and is acquired before the succeeding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of angels – Yetsirah and configuration Zeir Anpin.

Neshama

The third level and can be acquired only after acquiring the level of Nefesh and Rua’h. It corresponds to the level of the world of souls – Beriah and configuration Imah.

‘Haya

The fourth level and can only be acquired after the preceding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of emanation – Atsilut and configuration Abah.

Ye’hida

The fifth and highest level; it is very rarely attained and can only be acquired after the Tikun (rectification) of all the preceding levels. It corresponds to the level of the world of emanation – Atsilut and configuration Arikh Anpin.

Correspondence between the five levels of souls, four worlds and five configurations

Soul World Configuration
Ye’hida Atsilut Arikh Anpin
Hayah Atsilut Abah
Neshama Beriah Imah
Rua’h Yetsirah Zeir Anpin
Nefesh ‘Asiah Nukva

There are many divisions and categories of souls. They differ according to their origin or their level in the higher realms.

Each level of the soul is subdivided in five levels. As for the level of Nefesh, there are Nefesh of Nefesh, Rua’h of Nefesh, Neshama of Nefesh, ‘Haya of Nefesh and Ye’hida of Nefesh.

Each level of the soul has its own five levels

Nefesh Rua’h Neshama ‘Haya Ye’hida
Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida
‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya (2)
Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama
Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h
Nefesh (1) Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh

(1) Nefesh of Nefesh is the lowest level for a soul

(2) ‘Haya of Ye’hida is almost the highest

Each level of Nefesh subdivides again

Level Nefesh Rua’h Neshama ‘Haya Ye’hida
Nefesh Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida Ye’hida
Nefesh ‘Haya ‘Haya (1) ‘Haya ‘Haya ‘Haya
Nefesh Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama Neshama (3)
Nefesh Rua’h (2) Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h Rua’h
Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh Nefesh

Each level can again be subdivided, for example:

(1) ‘Haya of Rua’h of Nefesh is a higher level than

(2) Rua’h of Nefesh of Nefesh but lower than

(3) Neshama of Ye’hida of Nefesh

Each soul has its origin in the different worlds and configurations. The quality of the soul will depend on which configuration and from which world it has its root. A soul with a higher origin will be of superior quality and will have a better potential for understanding and approaching nearer to its Creator, on the condition, of course, that it acts accordingly and reaches its potential.

Each one of these levels of the soul subdivides for each level of Partsuf – configuration and for each world.  Therefore, there are five levels of soul for each configuration and there are five levels of configurations for each world, etc. Each one of these levels can again subdivide in many, adding numerous possibilities.

The goal of man is to reach each successively higher level of his soul; for that, he must perform the Tikun of the preceding levels. The higher levels of the soul cannot be acquired at once. Most men only have the level of נפש, and if they merit, they will acquire the succeeding levels – but one by one by dying and reincarnating. If he needs to acquire the level of אימה of עשיה, first, he must perform the Tikun of מלכות of עשיה, ז׳א of עשיה, and so on. To acquire his level of נשמה, he must perform the Tikun of all the levels of the Sephirot and configurations of his נפש and רוח, etc.

To do this Tikun could take a few lifetimes, the soul will then reincarnate as many times as needed to accomplish it.

All these complex possibilities have only one purpose; to allow man to have merit by his own efforts and get closer to his Creator. For this, he must get a higher level of soul and elevate his ways by doing his own Tikun.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

There is a “second” authority called Sitra A’hra – negative force or “evil”. Even though it is the opposite of everything good, it is important to understand that the origin of “evil” is from an emanation of the superior lights, and thus, it does not really have a complete independent authority. It nourishes itself from the lower extremities of the holiness, and needs permission to act from above.

There is really only one unique and full authority, and it is the one of the Creator.

At the creation, when the ten feminine Sephirot of the aspect of the name of BaN (52) came out from the eyes of Adam Kadmon, the first three Sephirot – KHB (Keter, ‘Hokhma, Binah) – were able to stand in the three column arrangement. However, the seven lower Sephirot did not stand in this order; they were not able to retain their lights and consequently broke. This was the first imperfection or damage in the creation. It is only when there are three columns, where the one of mercy stands between the columns of kindness and rigor that the three can attach and bind together for a harmonious balance.

This imperfect arrangement is the first origin of the negative force or “evil”. This type of existence could not come to be from a perfect source; it had to originate from a defective state.

The breaking of the seven lower Sephirot caused a descent of all the worlds. The world of ‘Asiah fell even lower and from its end, the negative force emerged.

The Sephirot have their root in the holiness of the Ein Sof, B’H. The root of the negative force is in the lack or absence of the holiness. These husks obstruct the lights of the Sephirot, concealing man from his root and from the light.

In parallel (opposite) to the four worlds, this negative entity has its own four worlds, where ten groups of negative angels divide as follows:

  • three groups in their world of Beriah
  • six groups in their world of Yetsirah
  • one group in their world of ‘Asiah.

They nourish from the extremities of the higher lights when the latter are weakened by the bad deeds of the lower beings. When this negative force receives its strength by sucking on these higher lights, its destructive angels get more powers and come to do evil in the world.

The existence of the Sitra A’hra – negative force – was willed by the Creator to give man free will. With falsehood, it almost constantly tries to seduce him, and make him stumble.

The good deeds of man have an effect on the four higher worlds, his bad deeds on the four lower worlds. It is only when man sins that the negative side can grow in strength.

When man acts negatively, he attracts a derivative of this negative force that grows inside him. This is his Yetser Hara’; it cuts him off from the higher worlds and the holiness. When he acts positively, he attracts positive energies that weaken the negative energies inside of him and give him strength to come closer to its creator.

Husks – Klipot

The husks are the individual manifestations of the negative force. They obstruct the lights of the lower Sephirot by attaching and nurturing from their extremities. They conceal man from the truth and from the light. Because of the bad deeds of the lower beings, the husks get and renew their strength to do evil in the world.

The Tikunim (rectifications) of the lower beings consist in detaching these husks from the holiness, by accomplishing the commandments and by the prayers. When men act negatively, they produce contrary energies that cause deteriorations that reach the lower worlds and create even more husks to do harm.

There are four main levels of husks, they correspond to the four lower worlds. They too comprise Sephirot and configurations as in the positive worlds, and are also built on the three column arrangement of the Sephirotic trees. But they have the aim of acting contrary to the above positive worlds by emanating negative and hurtful energies.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

There are different systems of interpretation of the hidden meanings of the Torah. One of them is the Gematria, where the mathematical values of each letter or word are calculated. Each letter having its own numerical value, the fact that some words have the same total is not just coincidence, but denotes a similarity or complementarity.

It is one of the different systems of interpretation of the hidden meanings of the Torah, where mathematical values of letters, words, and sentences are calculated to find a similarity or complementarity. Each letter has its own numerical value.

Letter Name Value
א Aleph 1
ב Beit 2
ג Gimel 3
ד Dalet 4
ה He 5
ו Vav 6
ז Zain 7
ח ‘het 8
ט Tet 9
י Yud 10
כ Khaf 20
ל Lamed 30
מ Mem 40
נ Nun 50
ס Samekh 60
ע ‘ain 70
פ Pey 80
צ Tsadey 90
ק Kuf 100
ר Resh 200
ש Shin 300
ת Tav 400

The final letters also have their own numerical values:

Letter Name Value
ך Final Khaf 500
ם Final Mem 600
ן Final Nun 700
ף Final Pey 800
ץ Final Tsadey 900

There are seven main types of Gematriot:

  • Ragil – regular
  • Katan – small value
  • HaKlali – value squared
  • Kolel – regular plus a value for one or all the letters
  • HaKadmi – regular plus the value of the preceding letters
  • HaPerati – each letter squared
  • Miluy- sum of the spellings

1 – Ragil: the numbers of the letters are as follows:

From To Value
א ט 1 – 9
י צ 10 -90
ק ת 100 – 400
ך ץ 500 -900

Ex : הארץ = 1106

2 – Katan: tens and hundreds are reduced to one digit.

From To Value
א ט 1 – 9
י צ 1 – 9
ק ת 1 – 4
ך ץ 5 -9

Ex : הארץ = 17

3 – HaKlali: the Ragil value of the word squared.

Ex : הארץ = 1106 * 1106 = 1 223 236

4 – Kolel: the Ragil value of the word + the numbers of letters, or + 1 for the word.

Ex : הארץ = 1106 + 4 = 1110

or 1106 + 1 = 1107

5 – HaKadmi: each letter has its Ragil value plus the total of all the ones preceding it.

From To Value
א ט 1 – 45
י צ 55 – 495
ק ת 595 –1495
ך ץ 1995 – 4995

Ex : הארץ = 15+1+795+4995 = 5806

6 – HaPerati: each letter is squared.

Ex : הארץ = 5 * 5 = 25, 1 * 1 = 1

200 * 200 = 40 000, 900 * 900 = 810 000 Total = 850 026

7 – Miluy: the sum of the spelling of each letter.

Letter Miluy Value
ה הא 6
א אלף 111
ר ריש 510
ץ צדי 104

Ex : הארץ = 731

By the Gematriot, we see that each letter and word has a dynamic meaning beyond the simple definitions. Gematria is only one of the secret ways of interpreting the hidden meanings in the Torah.

There are also permutation systems where letters are replaced by others in a set order as “ATBaSH” where the first letter is replaced by the last, the second by the one before the last etc. “Notrikun”, where initials of different words make a new word, and many other systems.

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To reach a more active role in the unification of the different configurations, one needs to understand and concentrate when praying. There are different levels of Kavanah – concentration. The basic Kavanah is to understand the words, and concentrate on the intention of the blessing or the prayer. The higher level is to meditate on the different systems of permutation of names and configurations, to get a particular action or result. Each word or part of the prayers has its own action or purpose. These actions are initiated by concentrating on the different names of G-od, their appellations and other arrangements of the Autiot – letters.

When saying a blessing with the Kabbalistic meditation on the appropriate words or names, we act and participate directly on the Tikun – rectification of the action or thing being blessed. The purpose of most of the blessings recited before and after eating or drinking is to liberate the souls that have been reincarnated in these comestible elements.

When praying, it is important to be part of a Minyan – a group with a minimum of ten men. Without this minimum number, the Kadish and other important parts of the prayer cannot be recited. For the morning prayer, one also has to wear a Talit – praying shawl, and Tefilin – phylacteries wrapped on the head and left arm.

As we can see, every element of the prayers, whether physical or spiritual, has very deep and essential meanings to give important forces and power to the one praying. It is a pity that these powerful and beautiful rituals are taken mistakenly for “folkloric recitations” in an incomprehensible language, part of “one has to do” type of thing when attending a prayer in a synagogue.

By making the effort to understand the deeper meanings of these rituals, one will discover a whole new definition and reason for his special relationship with the higher worlds and his Creator

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The forces or energies that make or influence the guidance are also identified or described as the different names of God.

The main names are:

  • Y-H-V-H – י-ה-ו-ה
  • Ein Sof – אין סוף
  • Adona-y – אדנ- י
  • Ahy-h – אהי-ה
  • Elohi-M – אלוה-ים

Sephira

                   Name

כתר אהי-ה AHY-H
חכמה י-ה YH
בינה י-ה-ו-ה YHV-H

(vowels of Elohi-m)

דעת אהו-ה AHV-H
חסד אל EL
גבורה אלהי-ם Elohi-m   
תיפארת י-ה-ו-ה YHV-H
נצח יהו-ה -צבאות YKVK Tsebaot 
הוד צבאות אלהי-ם Elohi-m Tsebaot  
יסוד י שד- Shada- y
מלכות אדנ- י Adona- y

Ein Sof– אין סוף

Ein Sof – The without limit or Infinite, is the most used Name for G-od in the Kabbalah. Since His light or energy cannot be measured by any definition or limiting terms, we therefore use the name “Ein Sof” (without limit) since we know and admit that G-od and the concept of limitlessness or without end is beyond our human comprehension. This name represents kindness.

Adona-y – אדנ- י

This name represents the feminine aspect of G-od; it has an aspect of rigor and is represented by the Sephira מלכות. It also represents the feminine configurations of Ra’hel and Leah. Since men’s prayers are first directed to the Sephira מלכות before they can be transmitted higher, this name also represents the closest relationship between man and his Creator.

Ahy-h – אהי-ה

This name represents the higher masculine aspect of G-od, and is represented by the Sephira כתר. It shows kindness together with the awe of G-od.

Elohi-M – אלוה-ים

One of the names of G-od, represented by the Sephira גבורה. In general, it denotes rigor in the actions of G-od.

Y-H-V-H (הוהי)

The primary name of G-od reveals kindness and mercy, represented by the Sephira תיפארת. All that was created has its origin in these four letters. Most of the guidance is manifested by this name and its different spellings that make new individual names.

By spelling each one of the four letters of this name differently, the numerical value of the name changes, and each one of these possibilities becomes different in its nature and actions.

בן BaN 52
מה MaH 45
סג SaG 63
עב A”V 72

The four Miluyim (spellings) are:

    ה ו ה י    
עב הי ויו הי יוד
15 22 15 20 = 72
סג הי ואו הי יוד
15 13 15 20 = 63
מה הא ואו הא יוד
6 13 6 20 = 45
בן הה וו הה יוד
  10 12 10 20 = 52

Each name can also be divided and subdivided to describe even more precisely the different outcomes and manifestations of these energies:

‘A”V of ‘A”V, SaG of ‘A”V, MaH of ‘A”V …

BaN of BaN of SaG, SaG of MaH of ‘A”V etc.

The lights or forces that are clothed in these letters or their combinations emanate masculine or feminine configurations that make the guidance of the worlds.

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Tikun in the Kabbalah is a very important notion. It shows, in a way, that everything that was created with a possibility of deficiency also has a potential to be rectified. In Hebrew, the word “Tikun” has different meanings; it can be understood as reparation or rectification but also as function, relation or action.

There are different types of Tikunim:

– Tikunim (reparations) that took place in the first emanations to repair the worlds.
– Tikunim (rectifications – relations) for the construction and inter-relations of the Sephirot and configurations.
– Tikunim (actions – functions) of certain configurations for the guidance of the world.
– Tikunim (rectifications) for the souls.

Tikunim (reparations) to repair the worlds: At the creation, when from the configuration of Adam Kadmon emerged the ten Sephirot of the feminine aspect of BaN (52), and the seven lower Sephirot broke. To sustain the recipients of these Sephirot after they broke, 288 sparks of their lights came down as well to keep them alive.
This important damage – Shvirat HaKelim – the breaking of the vessels needed to be repaired. A first Tikun was to help in the ascent of some of these fallen 288 sparks, and to repair the recipients that had broken when they fell, that they might return to their respective lights.
Tikunim (rectifications – relations) for the construction of the configurations

The Tikunim for the construction of the Partsufim – configurations are achieved by way of Zivug (union) of the higher masculine and feminine configurations, during which time the lower configuration will go through a period of gestation inside the feminine higher configuration, followed by its birth.Tikunim (rectifications – relations) of the configurations for the guidance: There are also Tikunim of different configurations which are their actions, illuminations, and inter-relations in order to influence the guidance of the worlds. These Tikunim result in various illuminations of different intensities, depending on time and the actions of man.

Tikunim (rectifications) for the souls: A Tikun for a soul is its rectification because of its unfulfillment or to cleanse it from any defect. The Tikun for the soul is realized by the Gilgul (reincarnation) and by the ‘Ibur (attachment). By accomplishing what he did not complete of the 613 Mitsvot, by rectifying an act or a damage he caused by his wrongdoings, man makes the necessary Tikun of his soul, which can now ascend to the higher realms and rejoin its source.

There are different types of Tikunim – rectifications for the soul, each one of its levels[1] needs its own Tikun. Most men only have the lower level of נפש, and if they do the proper Tikun, they will acquire the succeeding levels[2] – albeit one by one. A Tikun of a higher level can only be accomplished after all the preceding levels.

As long as one undertakes the Tikun of his soul within three reincarnations, he will reincarnate and return as needed to complete his Tikun. However, if he maintains his wrong behavior, he will not come back after the third reincarnation and this soul will be destroyed with no more chance of Tikun.

Tikun ‘Olam – General Tikun

Evil will disappear from this world and change to goodness, when all the general Tikunim – rectifications will be completed[3]. The general Tikun is to bring back the world to its former state before the damage caused by the breaking of the vessels. A state of harmony where kindness, bounty and peace prevail and rigors are appeased, when all the fallen sparks of holiness will be bought back up to their origins because of all the positive behavior and acts of men. Consequently, the Sitra A’hra (negative force) will not be able to attach and nourish from the higher lights anymore and will cease to exist. G-od gave man an important role in the  Tikun ‘Olam – general Tikun. It is now up to him to restore and make the necessary reparations to the world by observing His commandments, doing good deeds, and learning the ways of his Creator.

The final goal is to understand and accomplish His will, to deserve and merit closeness to His presence, and to finally help and participate in the revelation of His unicity to the world.

[1] Five levels of the soul

[2] After reincarnating again

[3] When the fallen sparks will ascend again

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The Kabbalah is the mystical and esoteric explanation of the Torah. All the profound secrets explained in the Kabbalah, are alluded to in the letters, words and different stories narrated in the Torah. These stories as well as the shape of the letters, the vowels, and the cantillation notes are a Levush – outer garment on the real message and meaning of the Torah. The different systems of Sephirot and configurations of lights and energies are represented by the people and events in the Hebrew texts of the Torah. Therefore, the translations only cover the most basic meaning and can not reach into the real purpose and signification of the Torah as explained in the Zohar:

“Rabbi Shimon said: Woe to this man who says that the Torah came to simply relate stories in an ordinary language, because if this is so, even in these times we could make a Torah from ordinary tales, and even nicer than from those [tales]. If the Torah came to explain worldly subjects, even the governors of the [present] world have more interesting stories. If so, let’s follow what it [tale] says and make a Torah of it in the same way. But really, all that the Torah says is of very high nature, and of supernal secrets.

Therefore, the story in the Torah is the garment of the Torah. The one that thinks that this garment is itself the Torah and that there is nothing else, let his soul swell and have no part in the world to come. For this reason, King David said: (Tehilim, 119. 118) “Open my eyes so I may glaze the wondrous things in your Torah”. Meaning what is under this garment of the Torah.
(Zohar, Bamidbar, Behalotekha 58- 64)

The Torah has 248 positive and 365 negative commandments. Similarly, there are 613 veins and bones in man, 613 parts to the soul, and 613 lights in each Sephira or configuration. This number is not arbitrary, as there are important interrelations and interactions between them.

The Torah contains four levels of comprehension, of which the highest is the Sod (secret). At this level, the Torah explains to us the goal of creation, the real purpose of all the commandments and their influence on the Sephirot.

Through the knowledge of Kabbalah, we can arrive at a level of true understanding of the will of the Creator, His guidance, the creation, and in a way, “decode” the profound secrets of our holy Torah.
Mitsvot – commandments

In the Torah there are 613 Mitsvot and each one corresponds to one of the 613 veins and bones of man and to one of the 613 parts of his soul. By observing the commandments, man reinforces their strength, and by not accomplishing them, he, in a way, weakens them.

The Mitsvot were given for three main reasons:
· To reinforce and purify man
· To act on and influence the guidance
· To help accomplish the Tikun of the creation

After the breaking of the vessels and the fall of the 288 sparks, man has to act and participate in the ascent of the fallen sparks to their origin. This can be done by accomplishing the Mitsvot and by the prayers. As there are different levels of grasping the meanings and purpose of our actions, there are also various possibilities and powers of influence, depending on the understanding and intention of our acts.

The husks are the manifestations of the negative force to obstruct the lights of the Sephirot, and this degradation is caused by the sins committed by man. When accomplishing the Mitsvot, the lower beings send positive energies to weaken these husks and detach them from the higher lights, and thus remove any obstacles from the inflows and outflows of positive energies. Therefore, before each prayer and performance of the commandments of the Torah, we try to unify the masculine and feminine configurations so there will be harmony on high, and that a result or inflow of abundance will come down to us.

By understanding the profound meanings of these commandments as explained in the Kabbalah, we realize the enormous love that the Lord bestows to His creatures by allowing them to be part of this dynamic system, and by giving them the means and tools to reach the highest realms.

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At first, the Creator was alone, filling all space with His energy. He was not bestowing His influence because there was no one to receive it. When He willed to create, He started to influence. Kabbalah is the only science that, in the least details, explains to us the true guidance of the world, so that we may understand His will.

The will of the Creator is to bestow goodness on His creatures; all the levels of creation and their guidance were put in place so His kindness could emanate to them, yet in such a way that they would be able to receive it.

The light of G-od is unique, of equal force, quality and beyond all description. The guidance of the world is manifested by different types of attributes such as rigor, mercy, etc. This unique light is therefore transformed or filtered by other lights, to give it various qualities or forces for a guidance based on the system of free choice, punishment, and reward.

These “transforming”, secondary lights are called Sephirot or Partsufim – configurations, and also attributes or qualities of G-od. A Sephira is, in a way, a “filter” that when the unique light enters it, transforms it into a particular force or quality by which the Creator guides the worlds.

The Kabbalah explains to us very precisely this true guidance, and how the worlds are guided by these extremely complex systems of forces or lights, which through their interactions provoke chain reactions that impact directly upon man and the worlds. Each one of these reactions has numerous ramifications with many details and results.

This complex system of forces or lights are the different Tikunim (actions) and Zivugim (unions) of the Sephirot and configurations to influence and make the guidance by means of their different arrangements and amalgamations.

There are two main kinds of guidance:
– The general guidance, which is for the subsistence of the worlds, and is not influenced by the actions of men.

This guidance is by means of the encircling Sephirot.

– The variable guidance, which is on the basis of justice, reward and punishment and is dependant on time and on the actions of man.

This guidance is by the linear Sephirot that are arranged in three columns: right, left and middle, representing the guidance of the world in the manner of kindness, rigor and mercy.

The guidance is mostly influenced by the different positioning and interactions of the masculine and feminine configurations, since they have a direct effect on the measure and balance of the factors of kindness, rigor and mercy.

The masculine configurations bestow kindness, the feminine bestow rigor. By their union, different equilibriums of the two forces of kindness and rigor make the guidance. Complete rigor will be the destruction of anything not perfect, while complete kindness will permit everything without restriction. However, these two aspects are necessary for the guidance based on justice, and for giving man the possibility of free choice.

The guidance is manifested by three main attributes:
· the attribute of kindness – right pillar
· the attribute of rigor – left pillar
· the attribute of mercy – middle pillar

The attribute of kindness

Kindness is mostly manifested by all the masculine aspects of the configurations[1], the Sephira חסד, by the concealments of the aspects of rigor and by the illuminations of the higher lights.

There are special moments, or days of bounty during the year, such as the Shabbat and Holidays. This is dependent on the different positions of the configurations[2]. When the masculine and feminine configurations are face to face, it is the ideal level and corresponds to the bestowing of abundance[3]. In the attribute of bounty, the guidance is from the right pillar – the pillar of kindness.

The attribute of judgment

Rigor is mostly manifested by all the feminine aspects as: the name of BaN (52), the Sephira גבורה and by all the concealments of the masculine aspects that represent bounty.

There are particular moments, or days of rigor during the year[4]. This is dependent on the different positions of the configurations. In the absence of Zivug (union), when the masculine and feminine configurations are back to back, it corresponds to dissimulation and rigor. In the attribute of judgment, the guidance is from the left pillar – the pillar of rigor.

The attribute of mercy

In the attribute of mercy, the guidance is from the middle pillar – the pillar of mercy. This attribute makes the balance between the attributes of rigor and bounty, to allow a more equilibrated guidance for the present existence. Without this equilibrium there would not be a possibility of guidance based on merit – reward and punishment, also called guidance of justice.

Will

All the Kabbalists agree that it is not possible to understand or have the slightest notion of the Nature of G-od, since our comprehension cannot attain this level[5]. However, by understanding these systems of guidance, we can learn to understand His will, how and why He created the world in what way He directs it, the purpose of the existence of evil, and the reasons for the dualism of reward and punishment, etc.

It is by understanding His will that we realize the importance of man, because only he, by getting closer to the Creator and observing His commandments, can influence these incredible forces that impact directly upon the guidance of the worlds.

Will to bestow

The will of the Creator is to bestow only goodness on His creatures, and to bring all the creation to participate in the revelation of His unicity at the end of the six thousand years. It is to give men the possibility of merit that His bounty is not revealed openly and that manifestations of the aspects of rigor are put in force.

There is no existence that is not composed of the aspects of the name of MaH (45) or BaN (52); the influencer and the receiver, the masculine and the feminine, bounty and rigor etc. The Ein Sof, B’H, influences when there is instigation from the receiver, the latter corresponding to the feminine receiving aspect of BaN (52). This influence is transmitted by the different illuminations of the Sephirot and then to the worlds.

It is the different equilibriums of the two forces of kindness and rigor that make the guidance. When rigors dominate harshness prevails, when bounty is in force, peace and kindness are bestowed. Thus, we see that everything that is, and happens, is always composed of a variable measure and balance of these two forces.

By allowing man to merit by his own efforts to get closer[6] to his Creator and receive His goodness, we see a very clear demonstration of His perfect justice.

Will to receive

By his nature man is himself a Keli (recipient) with a will to receive without limits, and containing a spiritual light; his soul. A guidance based on this desire of only receiving will not allow man to merit by his own efforts to get closer to his Creator.

These dual, attractive forces of good and bad influence man’s choices and the ways or levels of his service to the Creator. It is by his own free choice that he will choose his way and control these contrary forces.

The perfect goal for man is to elevate his bodily desires by sanctifying his ways, and resembling his Creator, by becoming a giver with a will to bestow goodness to all.

Free choice

The two main aspects of the present guidance, which are kindness and justice, were put in place to give man the possibility of serving the Creator by his free will.

At the creation, when the breaking of the seven Sephirot caused an important damage, G-od emanated lights of the aspect of the name of MaH (45) to repair the deterioration that was caused by this unbalanced inflow of energies. He could have done the complete Tikun (repair) of all the worlds with one emanation, but then, there would not have been a reason for the participation of man in this Tikun.

To give man the possibility of acting upon and repairing creation, G-od in a way, restrained His outflow of kindness to this world, to allow men to have merit by making the Tikun[7] with their own free will. While man’s good deeds have an effect on the four higher worlds, his bad deeds have consequences upon the four lower worlds. It is only when man sins that the negative side can grow in strength. The root of the Sitra A’hra (negative force) is in the lack or absence of the Kedushah (holiness). Its existence was willed by the Creator to also give man free choice.

The good and bad impulse

These forces of good and bad, positive and negative, are in a constant battle at the level of the world of עשיה (our physical world). Inside of man, these forces are: Yetser Hatov corresponding to his good or positive impulse and Yetser Hara’ corresponding to his bad or negative impulse.

This negative aspect (his Yetser Hara’) grows inside of man, cuts him off from the higher worlds, and uproots him from the Kedushah – holiness. It almost constantly tries to seduce him and make him stumble, while the Yetser Hatov (positive aspect), on the other side, tries to attract him to Torah and Mitsvot and to help him do the Tikun of his נשמה.

Without these two aspects of Yetser Tov and Yetser Hara’, men would be like angels, with no power to decide either on their actions or on their service to the Creator. Therefore, they would gain no merit from choosing good over bad, or following His commandments.

Free choice also gives rise to a system of perfect justice, whereby men will be punished or recompensed according to their own decisions and free choice.

[1] Aspects of the name of MaH – (45)

[2] It is because of the positions of these configurations every year at the same time, that these days are special

[3] Face to face allows a possibility of Zivug – union

[4] As the days of fasting

[5] But we can and are allowed to learn to understand His will from the time of creation

[6] By observing His commandments and by praying

[7] Bring back up the fallen sparks

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A world is a possibility and a type of existence in a particular dimension. From the first configuration; Adam Kadmon (Primordial man), emerged the emanations that made the other worlds.

There are four worlds. The first to unfold from Adam Kadmon is called Atsilut, the world of emanation, where there is no existence of the separated and no negative force even at its lowest levels.

The second world is Beriah (creation), the world of the souls.

The third world is Yetsirah (formation), the world of the angels.

The fourth world is ‘Asiah (action), the world of physical existence

There is a screen (divider) that separates one world from another, and from this screen the ten Sephirot of the lower world emerge from the ten Sephirot of the higher world.

All the worlds are similar they each contain ten Sephirot and five main configurations: But the quintessence of the higher world is superior.

There is no interruption of the flowing of energies from both directions. All the worlds are joined by the last Sephira of the higher world which “connects” with the higher Sephira of the world under him. The three first Sephirot of configuration ‘Atik Yomin are in the Sephira Malkhut of the higher world, his seven lower Sephirot are in the first configuration Arikh Anpin of the world under it.

Atsilut – world of emanation

The first world, Atsilut, is the world of emanation, the world of divine thought. It is a completely spiritual world without any existence of separated entities. It brings into existence and sustains the other worlds. It is the highest of the four worlds, above Beriah, Yetsirah and ‘Asiah.

From Atsilut unfolded all the lower worlds, which are the source of existence for the physical worlds and the possibility of reward, punishment and evil.

Beneath Atsilut, the lights of its Malkhut collided, and a curtain was made between Atsilut and Beriah from the striking of these lights. From there, other configurations similar to the ones in Atsilut were formed in the lower worlds, but of a lower force since the lights were dimmed by the curtain. It is because of the diminution of these light’s intensities that existence for separated entities became possible.

Beriah – world of creation

The second world to unfold is called Beriah, the world of creation. It is the world of the souls. It is the first world where separate entities have the possibility of existence. These individual creations are of the highest spirituality; they are the souls with their full luminosity, before they descend into physical bodies. Beriah is under Atsilut and above Yetsirah and ‘Asiah.

Beneath Beriah, under its curtain, other Partsufim similar to the ones in Beriah were formed in the lower world of Yetsirah – Formation, but of a lower force since the lights were even more dimmed by the curtain. It is because of the accrued diminution of the light’s intensity that even more separated entities such as angels will come to be.

Yetsirah – world of formation

The third world to unfold is called Yetsirah; it is the world of formation, the world of the angels. After Beriah which has separated entities, albeit of the highest spiritual level, Yetsirah is also a spiritual world, but the angels that are its separated entities also have a spiritual form. This world is under Atsilut and Beriah but above ‘Asiah.

Beneath Yetsirah, under its curtain, other configurations similar to the ones in Yetsirah were formed in the lower world of ‘Asiah – Action. Because of the much-accrued diminution of the light’s intensity, physical entities will be able to exist.

‘Asiah – world of action

The fourth world to unfold is called ‘Asiah – Action, the world of physical existence. It is the furthest from the emanation of the light, which has now been filtered by the three worlds above it. All types of physical existence are now possible, and even the existence of opposite forces are allowed. It is the world of man as an entity composed of two contrary elements: a soul from the very high world of Beriah, and a physical body from the lower world of ‘Asiah. These two components are always in a condition of struggle, the soul being attracted and drawn to the realms of its spiritual origin, the body to this world’s physical pleasures and vanities.

From the last level of the Sephirot of ‘Asiah (Malkhut of ‘Asiah), the negative force emerged.

In parallel to the four worlds (ABYA), there are four types of existence in our world:

  • mineral corresponding to עשיה (Action)
  • vegetal corresponding to יצירה (Formation)
  • animal corresponding to בריה (Creation)
  • man corresponding to אצילות (Emanation)

The other entity, which is called Sitra A’hra (the other side, or the negative force), has its own four worlds of אצילות, בריה, יצירה and עשיה. It also has configurations, Sephirot, Hekhalot and angels, as in the positive world, but of a lower force.

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The light of G-od is of a perfect unicity, without any variables or difference. Once this energy enters a particular Sephira, its outcome or effect is transformed into a particular force or attribute by which the Creator guides the worlds. A Partsuf is a configuration of one or more Sephirot acting in coordination. Partsuf in Aramaic means face, visage or countenance. A face is composed of many and various elements as eyes, nose, mouth, forehead and so on, but all are coordinated as one single unit. A face is also unique; it shows the particular identity of a person and is the main vehicle of communication.

Some Partsufim – configurations are masculine and bestow kindness, while others are feminine and bestow rigor. The masculine corresponds to kindness – ‘Hesed and is of the aspect of the name of MaH (45). The feminine corresponds to rigor – Gevurah and is of the aspect of the name of BaN (52). By their unions, different equilibriums of these two forces (Kindness and rigor), make the guidance. Complete rigor would be the destruction of anything not perfect, while complete kindness would permit everything without restrictions. However, these two aspects are necessary for the guidance of justice, and to give man the possibility of free choice.

The Partsufim – configurations are in a constant state of action, illuminations and inter-relations between them. This dynamism of exchange and influence of energies is called Tikunim of the Partsufim. These Tikunim result in various illuminations of different intensities, depending on time and the actions of man. They translate the upper will into particular influences and effects, for the guidance of the worlds.

The construction of a Partsuf – configuration is achieved by way of a Zivug (union) of two higher masculine and feminine Partsufim, followed by a period called gestation inside the higher feminine configuration, and birth, when it is revealed. There is afterwards the suckling, where it is nursing energies from the higher Partsufim, and finally the growth when it is now fully independent.

There are five main Partsufim – configurations:

  • Arikh Anpin – :Long countenance
  • Abah – Father
  • Imah – Mother
  • Zeir Anpin – Small countenance
  • Nukva – Feminine

And one above them: ‘Atik Yomin (clothed inside Arikh Anpin).

From these five main configurations emerge seven more. They all emanate from the ten Sephirot as follows:

From כתר:

‘Atik Yomin and his נוקבה

אריך אנפין and his נוקבה

From חכמה:

אבה

From מלכות of אבה – Israel Saba

From מלכות of Israel Saba – Israel Saba 2

From בינה:

אימה 

– From מלכות of אימה-Tevunah

– From מלכות of Tevunah – Tevunah 2

Israel Saba and Tevunah are also called by their initials ISOT or ISOT 2.

From חסד, גבורה, תיפארת, Netsa’h, הוד, and יסוד:

זעיר אנפין also called Israel

From זעיר אנפין – Ya’acov

From מלכות:

נוקבה, divided in two Partsufim: Ra’hel and Leah

Configuration ‘Atik Yomin

The configuration ‘Atik Yomin is superior to all the configurations. It has ten Sephirot. His aspect of the name of MaH (45) corresponds to the masculine principle; his aspect of the name of BaN (52) corresponds to the feminine. He is called ‘Atik and his נוקבה. His נוקבה – feminine is attached to him, her back to his back. ‘Atik is thus all face, facing to the back, his feminine configuration, facing to the front, his masculine configuration. Each one of these aspects – masculine and feminine – is comprised of ten Sephirot.

‘Atik’s masculine aspect is not clothed inside the first world of אצילות. The first three of the ten Sephirot of his נוקבה – feminine aspect – are above אצילות and together make the Radl’a – רישה דלא אתידע (the unknown head). [1]

His seven lower feminine Sephirot attach to the world below and dress inside configuration אריך אנפין in the following manner:  חסד of ‘Atik in כתר of אריך, גבורה in חכמה, תיפארת in בינה. His three Sephirot of NHY (נצח, הוד, יסוד) have three parts each: the first part of NHY in חסד, גבורה and תיפארת, the second part of NHY in Netsa’h, הוד and יסוד, the third part of NH (נצח, הוד), and מלכות of ‘Atik in מלכות of אריך אנפין.

The lower Sephira of a world makes the connection with the world below it and becomes its configuration ‘Atik[2].  In אצילות, it is the מלכות of Adam Kadmon that becomes its configuration ‘Atik. It is the same in the three other worlds of בריה, יצירה and עשיה, the מלכות of the world above becomes the configuration ‘Atik of the world below.

Configuration אריך אנפין

אריך אנפין is the main configuration in each world; all the other configurations are his “branches”. He and his feminine make one configuration; called אריך אנפין and his נוקבה. His masculine is his right side, his feminine, his left. אריך אנפין is the first configuration in אצילות and the root of all the others.

אריך אנפין is different from the other configurations, his first three Sephirot, which are called his three heads, are not in the three column arrangement; his Sephira בינה is under כתר and חכמה, which are in a straight line.

אריך אנפין reaches from the top to the bottom of a world. אבה and אימה dress his right and left arm (his Sephira חסד and גבורה); their כתר reach his Sephira בינה and their מלכות his Sephira תיפארת.

אריך אנפין has three heads, which are the roots of the direction of kindness, rigor and mercy. The first is כתר, the second is in the space between his כתר and חכמה, the third one is his חכמה. Their names are:

1- Gulgolta – his כתר

2- Avirah – in the space between his כתר and חכמה 

3- Mo’ha – his חכמה

These three heads emanate from אריך אנפין to the configurations אבה and אימה, and from there, to configuration ז׳א[3]. The emanations and actions of configuration אריך אנפין are called his Tikunim 

Other Tikunim – emanations of energies and actions – come out from the face of Sephira חכמה of אריך אנפין and spread downward; they are called allegorically his hair, or beard. They divide into thirteen and are called the thirteen Tikunim of the Dikna – the beard of אריך אנפין. These emanations are called hair and beard because they spread out in individual conduits.

The other Tikunim, emanations of lights from אריך אנפין, are for the attainment and abundance. However, the guidance itself is from the Dikna, lights of the beard, and it is through it that the abundance flows.

Configurations אבה and אימה

These two Partsufim (configurations) are essential for the guidance of the worlds; they are the link between configuration אריך אנפין, which is the highest configuration, and configuration זעיר אנפין who communicates these emanations to the worlds by his Zivug (union) with the configuration נוקבה. אבה is the Sephira חכמה, and אימה  the Sephira בינה.

They emanated by the Zivug (union) of configuration אריך אנפין with his נוקבה (feminine). אבה is the masculine aspect and אימה the feminine. They are influenced and built by the lights of configuration אריך and are at the level of his arms – Sephirot חסד and גבורה. אבה is on the right – Sephira חסד, and אימה on the left – Sephira גבורה. See fig. 10

To communicate their emanations, אבה and אימה unite to emanate their influence. There are for אבה and אימה two types of Zivug (unions): the constant Zivug is called exterior and is for the subsistence of the worlds[4], while the second is called interior and is for the renewing of the Mo’hin – guiding force of Z”uN (זעיר אנפין and נוקבה).

The Sephira מלכות of אבה becomes another configuration called Israel Saba. Similarly, מלכות of אימה becomes another configuration called Tevunah. These two secondary configurations act as an extension of אבה and אימה to transmit a reduced intensity of their emanations. They are mostly called by their initials ISoT. They themselves have their own secondary configurations called Israel Saba 2 and Tevunah 2 – ISoT 2. They transmit an even more reduced intensity of the emanations of אבה and אימה. See fig. 10

The main role of אבה and אימה is to give to configuration ז׳א, his Mo’hin – guiding force[5]. There are different states of growth for configuration ז׳א. In its first growth, he receives his Mo’hin – guiding force from the configurations ISOT (Israel Saba and Tevunah), and in his second more important growth, he receives them directly from אבה and אימה.

Configuration זעיר אנפין 

Configuration זעיר אנפין is most often called by his initials; ז׳א. He is composed of the six lower Sephirot: חסד, גבורה, תיפארת, נצח, הוד, and יסוד.[6] For the created, ז׳א with configuration נוקבה are the main configurations for the guidance. All our relationships with the above are first directed to Z’uN (זעיר אנפין and נוקבה).

זעיר אנפין is a dynamic configuration, constantly in a process of getting from a weaker state to one of growth to renew its forces and influence. At first, ז׳א is incomplete having only seven Sephirot, and in a state of Tardema (somnolence). Inside of אימה, ז׳א goes through a period of gestation, followed by a first period of infancy and a first growth. To act, he needs to get his Mo’hin – directive force, which are his three first Sephirot of “Hokhma, בינה and דעת, and get to a stage of growth. They are given to him in a specific order from the configurations above him; ISOT or אבה and אימה.

During the time of the gestation, ז׳א is not really acting for it is being built. At the time of suckling it starts to act, and at the growth stage it is ready to act and influence.

When the three Sephirot of NHY (נצח, הוד, יסוד) of ISOT 2 are the directive force of ז׳א, it is at the stage of the first growth. But when NHY of ISOT 1 are clothed in him, it is considered as if אבה and אימה were clothed in him directly as his Mo’hin – directive force, and this stage is the second growth. It is only after the second growth that ז׳א reaches its full potential. This is called Gadlut 2.

[1] The outcomes of its actions are above our understanding

[2] There is continuity of attachment and communication in all the worlds

[3] From ז׳א to נוקבה and then to the world

[4] Not influenced by the actions of men

[5] Their three Sephirot- נצח, הוד and יסוד

[6] Becomes ten Sephirot when he gets his guiding force

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The light of G-od is unique and of equal force and quality. A Sephira is in a way a “filter” that holds and transforms a certain part of this light into a particular force or attribute. A Sephira is the way the Creator reveals a part, an attribute or a quality of His will in the creation. The light divides into ten different gradations of its original emanation, each with its own qualities, characteristics and actions.

The straight Sephirot are arranged in three linear columns: right, left and middle, representing the guidance of the world in the manner of Kindness, rigor and mercy. On the right is the kindness column, on the left, the rigor column and in the middle, the mercy column, which makes the balance between the two other columns. This arrangement of ten Sephirot is the concept of all created, as everything that exits is made of ten energies.

There ten Sephirot that make the Sephirot tree are:

On the right: the kindness (‘Hesed) column with the Sephirot ‘Hokhma, ‘Hesed, and Netsa’h.

In the middle: the mercy (Ra’hamim) column with the Sephirot Keter, Tiferet, Yesod, and Malkhut

On the left: the rigor (Din) column with the Sephirot Binah, Gevurah, and Hod.

There is one more Sephira called Da’at, also in the mercy column, which is counted when Keter is not.

Keter

The first and most important of the Sephirot is Keter. It is complete kindness to all, even to the non – deserving. Like a crown that is above the head, it is not a part of the body, but represents the glory that is granted to whom it is on. The Sephira Keter encompasses all the other Sephirot and represents the divine will, its first expression and manifestation.

Its position is at the top of the center column, which corresponds to mercy. From it, are made the two most important Partsufim – configurations: ‘Atik Yomin and Arikh Anpin.
Its corresponding name is AHY- H אהי-ה –
Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name: ‘A”V – עב (72). The level of the soul associated with Keter is Ye’hida, its highest level. Its physical correspondence is the head

Hokhma 

The second Sephira, ‘Hokhma, is also kindness to all, even to the non – deserving, but less than Keter, and not always. Keter being the will, ‘Hokhma is the first manifestation of the thought. It is the initial consciousness in its general form.

Its position is on top of the right column, which corresponds to ‘Hesed (Kindness). From it, is made the configuration Abah.
Its corresponding name is YH – י-ה, and its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is ‘A”V -עב (72).
Its physical correspondence is the right brain and its corresponding level of the soul is ‘Haya.

Binah

The third Sephira, Binah, is kindness to all, even to the less deserving, but from her, the rigors start. After the initial consciousness in ‘Hokhma, the role of Binah is to translate this general thought into a cognitive mode ready to be put in action.

Its position is at the top of the left column, which corresponds to Din (rigor). From it is made the configuration Imah.

Its corresponding name is YHV-H י-ה-ו-ה (but with the vowels of Elokim), and its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is SaG (63) – סג. Its physical correspondence is the left brain and its corresponding level of the soul is Neshama.

Da’at

It is the fourth of the Sephirot, Da’at is counted when Keter is not. Its quality is the guidance that makes the equilibrium between ‘Hokhma and Binah.

Its position is at the center of the center column, which corresponds to ‘Ra’hamim (mercy).
Its corresponding name is AHV-H – אהו-ה

Its role is mainly to make the Mo’hin – directive force for configurations Z’A and Nukva.

‘Hesed

The fourth Sephira, ‘Hesed, is complete kindness but to whom it is deserving. It is the quality of always giving and without limits, caring, expanding and reaching outwards to help and forgive. An excess of kindness becomes negative, as it could permit everything and anything without restriction, not wanting to punish.

Its position is in the middle of the right column, which corresponds to ‘Hesed (kindness). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A.
Its corresponding name is Elאל –

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (מה) 45. Its physical correspondence is the right arm and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Gevurah

The fifth Sephira, Gevurah, is full rigor to whom it is deserving. It is the quality of restriction, limitation and severity. It restricts the excess of kindness of Sephira ‘Hesed, but is still influenced by it, fortunately, because complete rigor will be the destruction of anything not perfect.

Its position is in the middle of the left column, which corresponds to Din (rigor). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A.
Its corresponding name is Elohi-m אלהי-ם

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (מה) 45. Its physical correspondence is the left arm, and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Tiferet

The sixth Sephira, Tiferet, is kindness and justice that make the equilibrium between the Sephirot ‘Hesed and Gevurah, between complete kindness and rigor. It is represented as the thorax in a body, which holds and maintains all the other members in their respective place.
Its position is in the middle of the center column, which corresponds to Ra’hamim (mercy). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A.
Its corresponding name is YHV-K י-ה-ו-ה

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (מה) 45. Its physical correspondence is the thorax, and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Netsa’h

The seventh Sephira, Netsa’h, is diminished kindness to whom it is deserving. It receives from Sephira Tiferet the new mitigated reality between Sephirot ‘Hesed and Gevurah, but drawn on the side of kindness, since Netsa’h is on the right column of bounty.
Its position is at the bottom of the right column, which corresponds to ‘Hesed (kindness). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A. Its corresponding name is YKVK Tsebaot יהו-ה -צבאות

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (45) (מה). Its physical correspondence is the right leg, and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Hod

The eighth Sephira, Hod, is diminished rigor to whom it is deserving. It also receives from Sephira Tiferet the new mitigated reality between Sephirot ‘Hesed and Gevurah, but drawn on the rigor side, since Hod is on the left column of rigor.

Its position is at the bottom of the left column, which corresponds to Din (rigor). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A.

Its corresponding name is Elohi-m Tsebaot
-צבאות אלהי-ם

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (45) (מה). Its physical correspondence is the left leg, and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Yesod

The ninth Sephira, Yesod, makes the equilibrium between Sephira Netsa’h and Hod for the guidance and is the link or connection between all the superior Sephirot and the Sephira Malkhut. It is the point of convergence between the superior realms and the last Sephira of Malkhut, which will reflect the outflows of energies to man and the creation.

Its position is before the last Sephira, at the bottom of the center column, which corresponds to Ra’hamim (mercy). It is one of the Sephirot that make the configuration Z’A.
Its corresponding name is Shada- y — שד-י

Its corresponding Miluy (spelling) of name is MaH (45) (מה). Its physical correspondence is the masculine organ, and its corresponding level of the soul is Rua’h.

Malkhut

The tenth Sephira, Malkhut, translates all the superior emanations that are channeled through Sephira Yesod into one that is reflected to the creation. It is the link or connection between all the superior Sephirot and man. This relationship is bidirectional, as all that is communicated from below to the higher Sephirot will first go to Malkhut, and from it, to the Sephirot above it.

Its position is at the bottom of the center column, which corresponds to Ra’hamim (mercy). It makes the configuration Nukva, divided in two Partsufim: Ra’hel and Leah.
Its corresponding name is Adona-y –אדנ- י

Its corresponding Miluy of name is BaN (52) – בן. Its physical correspondence is the crown on the masculine organ and its corresponding level of the soul is Nefesh.

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To sustain the recipients after they broke, 288 sparks of the lights came down as well, because a connection to their original lights was needed to keep them alive. Some of these sparks reunited with their higher lights, and helped the recipients rise and also reunite with their lights, while others fell even lower into the other worlds.

The Tikun – reparation is to make rise all the other sparks to their origin and bring back the creation to its original state. Therefore, the goal of all the works, deeds and prayers of men in this existence is to help and participate in the ascent of the rest of the fallen 288 sparks to their origin. This can be done different ways but mainly by accomplishing the Mitsvot and by the prayers.

After the breaking of the Kelim and the separation from their lights, it was necessary for the guidance of the world that reparation be done. From the forehead of Adam Kadmon emerged ten Sephirot of the aspect of the name of MaH (45), corresponding to the masculine – reparation. This is in contrast to the Sephirot of BaN (52), which correspond to the feminine aspect – rigor, and are the root of deterioration.

The Tikun was done by the union of the Sephirot of MaH (45) (mercy) and BaN (52) (rigor) in complex arrangements, so as to allow the feminine BaN (52) to be repaired by the masculine MaH (45), and for the Sephirot to stand in the three-column arrangement of kindness, rigor and mercy. With the proper order of the Sephirot in place, various configurations that are called Partsufim completed the creation.

With the emanation of the lights of MaH (45) He could have done the Tikun (rectification) of all the worlds after the Shvirat HaKelim (breaking of the vessels), but then, there would not have been a reason for the participation of man in this Tikun.

It is to give a possibility to man to act and repair the creation that G-od restrained in a way, his outflow of kindness to this world. At the completion of this Tikun of unification between the fallen sparks and their Kelim, it will be the time of the resurrection of the dead and the arrival of Moshia’h.

 

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

This ray of His direct light called “Kav” emerged from Ein Sof (Infinite) and entered on one side of the vacant space, where there was still an imprint of the original light. The Kav, which represents the masculine and the imprint, the feminine, will now together give existence to the worlds and the various systems of Sephirot with which He will govern these worlds.

There are two main systems of guidance of the worlds: one is for the general guidance, in charge of the nature and normal events, and one for men, influenced by their acts and time.

After entering the vacant space, the Kav made ten circular Sephirot encircling one another – (encircling Sephirot) in charge of the general guidance of the worlds. Keeping his shape, he also made ten Sephirot in a linear arrangement – (straight Sephirot) in charge of the guidance of the world in the manner of ‘Hesed, Din and Ra’hamim (Kindness, rigor and mercy), which is the balanced guidance of this existence.

The Kav is the root of all the guidance and the innermost interiority of all this creation.

Encircling Sephirot 

The ten circular Sephirot encircle the whole vacant space, one on the other. The first Sephira כתר encircles חכמה, which encircles בינה and so on until יסוד encircles the last Sephira of מלכות.

These ten circular Sephirot are in charge of the general guidance of the worlds, provide for its subsistence, for what is needed for the normal events of nature and for the vegetal and animal life. This guidance is not influenced by the actions of men.

Straight Sephirot

The Kav (ray) maintained his straight shape and made ten other Sephirot, but this time in a linear arrangement. They ten straight Sephirot were arranged in three columns: right, left and middle, it is the model of the dynamic guidance of the world. Each one of these three columns represents one of the main forces that make the guidance: kindness, rigor and what makes the balance of the two; mercy. This first configuration, or the first world where the emanated lights were formed into ten Sephirot, is called Adam Kadmon (Primordial Man). It is the union between the imprint and the Kav (ray). From this first configuration, all the other worlds of אצילות (emanation), בריה (creation), יצירה (formation) and עשיה (action) came forth into existence

[1] כתר is the outer limit of the vacant space

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 / Published in Kabbalah Concepts

In the beginning, there was no existence except His presence; the Creator was alone, occupying all space with His light. His light, without end, borders or limit, filled everything. He was not bestowing His influence because there was no one to receive it. When He willed to create; He started to influence. His light being of such holiness and intensity, it is not possible for any being to exist in its proximity.

The “Tsimtsum” is the first act of Ein Sof (Infinite) in the creation. It is the retraction of His light from a certain space and encircling it, so as to reduce its intensity and allow created beings to exist. After this contraction, a ray of His light entered this empty space and formed the first Sephirot.

By these boundaries, He revealed the concepts of rigor and limit needed by the created beings, and gave a space for all the created to exist.

‘Hallal – vacant space

After the Tsimtsum (retraction) of His light, an empty space called ‘Hallal was left in the center of this new creation – a space without His full presence. This space is circular and contains all possibilities of existence for separated entities given that they are now distanced from the intensity of His light.

Reshimu – imprint

When His light retracted to form this round space, a trace of it called Reshimu – imprint remained inside. This lower intensity light allowed a space of existence (Makom) for all the created worlds and beings.

The roots of all future existence and events are in the Reshimu. Nothing can come into existence without having its root in this imprint.

The combination of the Reshimu  – imprint of the original light and the Kav – ray of His direct light, will be the origin of all future worlds and existence.