The Hebrew Letters: Channels of Creative Consciousness

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GalEinai Publication Society, 1990 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 501 pages
Despite its apparent simplicity, the Hebrew alef-beit (alphabet) contains within it the deepest secrets of Creation. In this book, Rabbi Ginsburgh unveils before the modern English reader some of the infinite dimensions hidden beneath the surface of the holy letters.

The Kabbalistic classic, Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation), teaches that creative consciousness exists in three states (space, time, and soul), which are reflected in the form, name, and numerical value of each letter. Rabbi Yisrael Ba al Shem Tov (founder of the Chassidic movement) taught that each letter also exists in each of the three dimensions of Worlds, Souls, and Divinity.

Through Rabbi Ginsburgh s treatment, based on these teachings, the alef-beit emerges from this work as the key to opening up the entire panorama of Jewish spirituality.

 

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Contents

The Paradox of Gd and Man
24
PurposeGds Dwelling Place Below
38
Reward and Punishment
52
Selflessness
66
Expression Thought Speech Action
80
Connection
94
The Woman of Valor
108
The Life DynamicRun and Return
122
Divine Providence
238
CommunicationThe Oral Torah
252
The Faith of the Righteous One
266
OmnipresenceRedemption of Fallen Sparks
280
Processthe Art of Clarification
296
The Eternal Flame
310
Impression the Seal of Creation
324
Gematria Filling Substitution Systems GEMATRIA
340

Introversion the Concealed Good
138
The Infinite Point
154
The Crownthe Power to Actualize Potential
168
AspirationContemplation of the Heart
180
Fountain of Wisdom
194
The MessiahHeir to the Throne
208
The Endless Cycle
222
Glossary
348
Suggestions for Further Reading on Kabbalah and Chassidut in English Partial Listing
362
Notes
368
Bibliography
462
Index
478
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About the author (1990)

Harav Yitzchak Ginsburgh is one of our generation’s foremost expositors of Kabbalah and Chassidut and is the author of over 100 books in Hebrew,English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The interface between Torah and science is one of the areas in which he is known for his breakthrough work, forging a path in revolutionizing the way we think about the relationship between Judaism and modern science. He is also the founder and dean of the Ba’al Shem Tov School of Jewish Psychology, and his unique approach to mathematics in Torah is now the basis of a new math curriculum for Jewish schools.

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