names of God

Out There

Apr 17, 20112 Comments

“Egypt” (מצרים) means “straights,” alluding to psychological blocks and states of confinement. Chametz (leavened bread) symbolizes egocentricity. Egocentricity (chametz) is the source of all psychological confinement

The Last Exile

Apr 17, 2011No Comments

The four questions that we ask at the Seder table begin: “What is the difference between this night (of Pesach) and all (other) nights?” The children at

Not a Body

Apr 07, 2011No Comments

One of our basic tenets of faith in God, in the words of Maimonides: “He is not a body and not a power in a

Lights of Chaos in Vessels of Order

Mar 28, 20112 Comments

The messianic formula: Lights of Chaos in Vessels of Order. Lights of Chaos are great, unbounded lights. They give full, outspoken expression to what one

From Afar God Appears to Me

Mar 23, 2011No Comments

In one verse King David says: “I place God before me always” (“שויתי הוי’ לנגדי תמיד”). But in another he says: “My sin is before

Bittersweet is the Sweetest

Mar 09, 20111 Comment

The Ba’al Shem Tov taught that Amalek (עמלק, 240), Israel’s archenemy, is equal to “doubt” (ספק). No doubt that he is the original skeptic. Amalek

Miscellaneous Tweets, Part 1

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

There are many worlds. In the highest spiritual World of Emanation there is no consciousness other than that of God. * The Bible speaks of

Of Adam and Eve

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

Woman was created from the “side” (often translated as “rib”) of man. “Side” = 190 = 10 times Eve. Woman, 306, side, 190 = 496,

Moses, Shimon, Isaac, Israel

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

The Oral Torah is a living, growing organism. From generation to generation its submission and separation dimensions are ever reinterpreted. But with regard to the

The Oral Torah

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

The Oral Torah comprises the Mishnah, the Gemara, and the Midrash. The original name of the Zohar is Midrash Yehi Or, “Let there be light.”

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