Introduction to Jewish Meditation – Part 12

The Order of Remembrances

The order of the remembrances as listed in the siddur is thus from chesed to netzach to yesod to hod to gevurahto tiferet (whose inner soul is da’at). This order, when superimposed on the sefirotic tree, forms a never-ending circle. The process of remembrance, the Divine impression manifest in the consciousness of the soul, is circular in nature. In contrast, in-depth meditation is “straight.”

In summary:

right

chesed

exodus

love

left

gevurah

Miriam

fear

front

tiferet

Shabbat

unity

above

netzach

revelation at Sinai

belief

below

hod

golden calf

idolatry

rear

yesod

Amalek

shielding the mind

 

We will now explain the assignment of each mitzvah to its direction. In doing so, we will quote the mitzvah as it is stated in the Torah. These words of the Torah will serve as a “consciousness-anchor” on which we may focus our comprehension of the concepts, as explained above.

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