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What are the ten sefirot and what is their purpose?

The ten sefirot are 10 attributes that G-d created through which He would project Himself to creation and man. They have been called the ten building...

How would you explain the sefirot of Chochmah and Binah?

Say you have a problem that you’re working on. You think about it again and again but you remain without a solution. Suddenly as you’re walking...

How does the Divine Name Y-H-V-H represent the ten sefirot?

Yud=Chochmah. This is because Chochmah is a seminal point, which can be likened to the letter yud, which is just a point.Hey=Binah. Binah is the expansion...

Can you recommend any good books on the ten sefirot?

“Ten Keys for Understanding Human Nature” by Rabbi Mattis Kantor. Another good book is one that deals only with last seven—Chessed...

Is there any source for the Ten Sefirot in the Bible or in Midrash?

There is no explicit reference to the sefirot in the Bible. However, the names of the sefirot do appear in the Torah but not all together. The names of the...

What are the Mothers, Doubles and Elementals of the alphabet in Kabbalah?

Sefer Yetzirah (the oldest kabbalistic text; attributed to Abraham) divides the Hebrew Alphabet into three divisions: Mothers, Doubles and Elementals. The...

How does Chassidic philosophy view Torah?

The Torah in its present manifestation—as we know it—is a “descended” version of the original. In its original form, the Torah...

Can you explain the sefirah of Tiferet?

Tiferet literally means beauty. As one of the sefirot it refers to harmony and blending, just as beauty is brought about through blending colors. A canvass...

Why are letters called stones in Kabbalah?

In the kabbalistic book Sefer Yetzirah (4:16) says that “Two stones build two houses.” This is understood to be a metaphor for letters and...

Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel?

[It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled outside of...