(Video coming soon…) There are 3 different unifications found between the 7 lower, or emotive sefirot. These unifications are dependent on 3 different types of unification between the intellectual sefirot, particularly wisdom and understanding. The nature and difference between these 3 different unifications is explained based on the Book of Formation as well as how each unification affects a unification in the lower sefirot. Other topics covered are writing your own life story, the stories of tzadikim, and submission, separation, and sweetening in unification.
(Audio lecture) In the lecture, Rabbi Ginsburgh gives a thorough explanation of the origins of the concept of the 50 Gates of the sefirah of understanding.
These three sources are then corresponded to the 3 foundational categories of the Ba'al Shem Tov: worlds, souls, and Divinity (see also Introduction to The Hebrew Letters). In the main part of the lecture, Rabbi Ginsburgh goes through the 8 manifestations of the 50 Gates of Understanding as they appear in the writings of the Arizal. Each of these manifestations is explained. One of the main foci of the lecture is the kavanot (the Kabbalistic intentions) of Keriyat Shema.
(Video available) In this lecture given in Los Angeles (October 22, 2007), Rav Ginsburgh explains some of the most basic fundamentals regarding the sefirot and the study of Kabbalah in our generation. You can also watch the video of this class. Click here for the full article.
Absolute nothing is the awareness that besides the absolute existence of God all is naught and that God’s absolute existence is absolutely incomprehensible; relative nothing is the state of nothing that precedes creation ex-nihilo; intangible somethingis the aspect of reality we can’t directly experience; tangible something is the aspect of reality we can directly experience.
When the great, high-energy lights of Chaos (self-expression) enter and combine with the pleasant, sensitive vessels of Order (interrelationship), the union gives rise to messianic consciousness.
The sages are called “the eyes of the congregation.” They are visionaries, they are guides, and they open our eyes to see truth.
Would it not be for the consciousness of my sin staring me in the face I would not experience God’s infinite compassion towards me. Although I am far from Him He is so close to me, loving me and being compassionate no matter what.
The Torah has body and soul, law and mystery. Both derive from a common source: the Hebrew language.