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Holiness vs. Human-ess

In the Book of Leviticus (19:2), the Jewish people are commanded: “You shall be holy, for I, the L-rd your G-d, am holy.” This commandment is...

What is the Tanya?

Tanya is the name of a book written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of Chabad chassidism. Rabbi Schneur Zalman called his work...

Why is number ten significant -- Commandments, men in a minyan, etc.?

The number ten symbolizes perfection. The world was created with ten utterances (Avos 5:1), this is because the Torah, which is the blue print which G-d...

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...