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Rachela: what does "a sweet year" mean?


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Rachela: what does "a sweet year" mean?

Rabbi Gurkow: a year in which everything that one experiences is pleasant

Rachela: thank you; you are very kind...

Rabbi Gurkow: the term can be traced back to a Kabbalistic concept -- to sweeten the judgement

Rachela: Ah! Very good; anything else?

Rabbi Gurkow: Kabbalah uses euphemisms to help us conceptualize abstract ideas

Rabbi Gurkow: judgement is called bitter, and leniency is called sweet

Rabbi Gurkow: sweeten the judgment, means to introdice leniency in the judgement

Rachela: Makes a lot of sense; tnk u!

Rabbi Gurkow: your welcome

Rabbi Gurkow: thank you for coming to ask Moses

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Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
(adj.) Pertaining to Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism.