The Infinite Dwelling Within The Finite- The Tabernacle (Mishkan)

webinar handouts Feb 17, 2019

The Mishkan

Setting Up A Dwelling Place Within The Finite

ברכות נ״ה א:מ״ט-ס״א א"ר שמואל בר נחמני א"ר יונתן בצלאל על שם חכמתו נקרא בשעה שאמר לו הקדוש

ברוך הוא למשה לך אמור לו לבצלאל עשה לי משכן ארון וכלים הלך משה והפך ואמר לו עשה ארון וכלים ומשכן אמר לו משה רבינו מנהגו של עולם אדם בונה בית ואחר כך מכניס לתוכו כלים ואתה אומר עשה לי ארון וכלים ומשכן כלים שאני עושה להיכן אכניסם שמא כך אמר לך הקב"ה עשה משכן ארון וכלים אמר לו שמא בצל אל היית וידעת

Berakhot 55a:12 R. Samuel the son of Nahmani said in the name of R. Jonathan: He was called Besalel

because of his wisdom: for at the time that the Holy One said to Moses, "Go, tell Besalel, 'Make for Me a tabernacle, an ark and vessels'," Moses went and inverted the order, saying to him, "Make an ark and vessels and a tabernacle." He replied, "Moses, our teacher, it is the way of the world for a man to build a house and afterwards furnish it ; but you said, 'Make for Me an ark, vessels and a tabernacle'! Where shall I place the vessels...

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DREAMS AND JUDAISM | PART-1

dreams talmud Feb 13, 2019

DREAMS AND JUDAISM

“A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter that is unread” -Talmud Berachot, 55a

What is the Jewish view of dreams? Dreams have always agitated and fascinated people. Indeed, the study of dreams goes back to ancient times. The question that has always existed is whether dreams have any significance?

1. Psychology

According to Sigmund Freud in his book The Interpretation of Dream, he claims that all details of a dream even the most ridiculous of them have significance. In his view, dreams represent the subconscious, which the person usually suppresses due to social prohibitions. During waking hours, logical tendencies predominate, not allowing instinctive desires to be .expressed and satisfied. According to Freud, these desires are primarily sexual

Though Freud’s theories have been rejected, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts do not contradict the fact that dreams are important and have significance. According to psychoanalysts such as...

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Clothing or Garments- Do You Limit Yourself? (Vlog)

vlog Feb 11, 2019
 
Clothing can cover us and bring out dormant good or negative.
Lessons from the Torah Portion - Tezave on clothing of the High Priest and on getting dressed up on Purim
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5 Things You Should Know About The Month Of Adar

beyond the zodiac Feb 11, 2019

By: Rabbi Amichai Cohen

“When Adar enters we increase in joy”

-Talmud, Taanit 29a

The month of Adar is considered a very auspicious month. Someone born in the month of Adar does not have an evil eye on them and it says that”״מזלו בריא״, there mazal (fortune)is healthy. Why is it is especially connected to joy? What are the components of real happiness?

 

1. Permutations

The Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation) tells us:

  1. The permutation of Tetragrammaton is ה ה י ו
  2. The tribe of month is Naftali
  3. Letter of the month is ק
  4. Body part is the spleen
  5. The sense of the month is the sense of laughter
  6. Sign of month is Pisces- fish

  

2. Planting An Adar

The Talmud (Tractate Beitza 15b) says “anyone who wants to make sure that there investments will be successful and reap results should plant an Adar”.

Adar isn't found anywhere in the scriptures as referring to a tree but obviously if it is planted it is referring to a tree.

What does it mean that you...

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מ״ה- The 45 Letter Divine Name

kabbalah Feb 10, 2019

 מ״ה- The 45 Letter Divine Name

The 45 letter name of G-d is connected to the 72 letter name. The difference is in the intensity of the revelation. The Zohar says that the 72 letter name comes from the forehead of A”K Adam Kadmon- Primordial Man which is the dimension which includes everything that existed before creation and everything that will exist until the end of time.

The name Mah is “covered” by the forehead and therefore it’s revelation is limited and dimmed in comparison to the name Av. Also, the name Av is called an old name because it is interwoven with the Ain Sof- the Infinite Divine entity. While the name Mah is called a “new name” because it the name is for the sake of post existence and ultimately achieving the Tikun (fixing) within the finite world as we will see when we get into the combination of the names Mah and Ban.

The name Mah is composed of 45 letters and it’s primary hidden value is Aleph. יוד  קא ...

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Divine Permutations & The 72 Letter Name Of G-d

kabbalah Feb 03, 2019

Permutations & Hidden Value

What are permutations?

In mathematics, permutation is the act of arranging the members of a set into a sequence or order, or, if the set is already ordered, rearranging (reordering) its elements—a process called permuting. Permutations differ from combinations, which are selections of some members of a set regardless of order. For example, written as tuples, there are six permutations of the set {1,2,3}, namely: (1,2,3), (1,3,2), (2,1,3), (2,3,1), (3,1,2), and (3,2,1).

In Kabbalah, permutations are combinations of words or numbers which illicit a deep truth about what a a person, place, or thing. Permutations are the hidden facets of the Hebrew Alpha-Bet. Based on the way the letters are arranged is how these letters convey the latent spiritual potential found within their combinations.

What are hidden values or מילוי (pronounced Milui) in Hebrew?

When we talk, there are the words we say which others hear. However, there is a deeper hidden...

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The Temple- A House For All Nations

peace on earth Jan 28, 2019
 

Greetings from the Western Wall, the holiest place in the world for jews and the site of the future 3rd Temple.

The Talmud says that "Adam was created from the place of his atonement. This teaches us that we do not need to be perfect. G-d choose as a work in progress. 

We also learn that Jerusalem in general and the Temple is a place of unity, oneness and peace between all of the nations. 

The entire world is connected and that is manifested by the Temple.

This is seen on a daily in the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where thousands of people come from all over the world to connect to this transcended peaceful reality.

 

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The Infinite Name Of G-d- YKVK

kabbalah Jan 28, 2019

The Name YKVK is the name which is the most associated with the infinite nature of G-d called Ain Sof (limitless).

Kabbalah explains that while the Divine names are modalities of which G-d allows himself to be constricted (and thereby known) within a finite dimension. Nevertheless, the name YKVK is connected with the light more the vessel.

In our previous class on the Divine names, we spoke about the contradiction of names in general. On the one hand a name captures the person, place or thing. Yet on the other hand, the name captures merely the externality of the thing it it describing. The intrinsically deep nature is of the essence of the matter can not be captures and contained within a finite description.

This is the novelty of the the name YKVK. It is a name which relates to the infinite nature of G-d. The other Divine names are more external descriptions, while the YKVK describes the infinite as much as possible.

It is for this reason that Kabbalists spent time meditating...

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The Divine Names Of G-d- Part 1

kabbalah Jan 22, 2019
 

What Is In A Name?

There is a riddle which asks “what is is something that is yours which other people use more than you?”  The answer…. Your NAME.

A name is somewhat contradictory. On the one hand it captures the person, animal or thing which we are identifying. Yet on the other hand the essence of the thing which we are trying to identify remains illusive. The essence or SOUL of the person, animal or item which we are trying to capture is essentially unknowable.

Kabbalah explains that a name is like a shield which contains what is stored inside of it.

 

Ain Sof

How does this work out in terms of the Divine names of G-d?

G-d is called by the Kabbalists “Ain Sof”- unending, or Infinite.

Therefor, there is no real opportunity for us to have a relationship with G-d who is infinite. Unless, he makes himself known to us. In other words, by allowing himself to be limited and discribed via a name, we are able to have a relationship with him and...

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T”U B’shvat- Rosh Hashanah of the trees

"For man is like the tree of the field" (Devarim 20:19) 

The Talmud says that there are 4 heads of the year; According to Beit Shamai, “The first of Nissan is the Rosh Hashnah for kings and Holidays, the first of Elul is Rosh Hashanah for tithing of animals, the first of Tishrei is the Rosh Hashanah of the lunar calendar year and the first of Shevat is the Rosh Hashanah for the trees. According to Beit Hillel the Rosh Hashanah for the trees is on the 15th of Shevat” (Tractate Rosh Hashanah 2a). What is the inner significance of the 15th day of Shevat? We celebrate the 15t of Shevat by eating 7 species of fruit (which 5 are fruits) that the land of Israel was blessed with: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives and dates. Why specifically these fruit? The verse says “for man is like the tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 21,19). What is the comparison of the tree to man?

 

Tree and Man

The special character of trees, specially fruit trees...

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