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Jewish mysticism. Merkava. Ma ase Merkava. research of the mysteries of Ma ase Merkava is just as acceptable as a prayer watch out for falling into error!!!! kabalah can be taught only through hints and allusions – litterary or superficial understanding are misleading

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Jewish mysticism

Merkava


Ma ase Merkava

  • research of the mysteries of Ma ase Merkava is just as acceptable as a prayer

  • watch out for falling into error!!!!

  • kabalah can be taught only through hints and allusions – litterary or superficial understanding are misleading

  • Mishna: „The mysteries of Merkava are not supposed to be pronounced in the presence of one student if he is not wise and if he does not understand with knowledge.“


Gematria

  • from greek Geometria

  • one of 32 rules of agada for interpretation of Torah – new meaning through counting of numerical values of letters


Jewish mysticism

Sefer Jecira – Book of Creation

  • 10 sefirot = ten basic spiritual ur-numbers

  • 32 pathes of wisdom

  • Bereshit

    • G d said = 10 x = 10 sefirot

    • Creation

    • 32 – LEV – Bereshit- Israel

    • Elohim – 32 x = paths of wisdom


Antipode position of hypercube

hypercube

Gra version


Tesseract

  • 10 sefirot define the natural space – define 10 directions = 5 dimensions

  • fourdimensional hypercube has 16 points (2 raised on the power of 4 - exponentiation)

  • fivedimensional hypercube has 32 points (2 raised on the power of five)


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  • Bahir (Book of the Brightness)

    • Midrash of rabbi Nechunja ban Hakana

    • besides Bahir is ascribed to him a prayer ANA BEACHOACH – the initial letters form a 42 letter long name of G d

    • Published in Provence 1176

  • Jb 37, 21: "Now men do not see the light which is bright (BAHIR) in the skies.“

  • Rabi Moshe Cordovero: „The words of the text are bright (bahir) and sparkling, but their brilliance can blind the eyes”


Jewish Mysticism

  • Zohar (Brightness)

    • The main character Rabbi Shimon ben Jochaj – rabbi Akiva´s follower, 2nd c. CE – who was hiding from Romans

    • Published in the 13th c. by Moshe de Leon

    • mystical midrash = explanation of a hidden meaning

PARDES

1) Pschat= simple litterary sense

2) Remez= hint, allegory

3) Drash= homiletic sense

4) Sod= mystical meaning = DERECH HA-KABALA


Sefer ha-Tagin

  • TAGA – arameic

  • Ketarim – hebrew

  • when combined, the letters with the tagin form the divine names by which heaven and earth were created  creative power

  • oral tradition

  • Rabi Akiva deduced from tagin many important teachings

    • he RECEIVED the tradition of Merkava


Jewish Mysticism

  • Expulsion from Spain -

  • Safed – Galilee,16th c.

    • Moshe Cordovero – Pardes Rimonim

    • Jicchak Luria, ha-Ari,


CimcumJicchak Luria

  • Tohu and Bohu

  • Zohar: In the beginning of the King's authority, the Lamp of Darkness engraved a hollow in the Supernal Luminescence.


Jicchak Luria

The meaning of the human existence is to help to renew the original order of the world – tikkun

Every human thought and action plays a very important role in this process


Gilgul

  • Gilgul – transmigration of souls

    • Galgal = circle, rotation

    • Mystical organization of 22 lettres

    • System of alternation of lettres

  • 22 lettres 231 gates


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