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Spiritual Juggling

It is reported of the sages that one would juggle 8 torches, another 8 knives, another 8 cups of wine, another 8 eggs. 8 is above nature.

To succeed in life we must learn to juggle, we must learn to perceive how objects continuously move from being held in our hands to midair.

2 hands and 8 objects make 10. In Kabbalah, the 2 hands are love and fear and the 8 objects we juggle are the remaining 8 powers of the soul.

For some of us the 8 objects we juggle are torches, for others knives, for others cups of wine, and for others eggs.

Torches represent enlightenment, knives represent cutting edge technology, cups of wine represent pleasure, and eggs represent creativity.

The Talmud makes a point that when the sages juggled the objects never touched one another. Each maintained its unique individuality.

In a Torah scroll the letters must not touch one another. Each letter must have its space, its white encompassing light.

The Talmudic word for "juggle" is "play." Life is work and play. The Torah's exoteric dimension is work, its esoteric dimension is play.

The initials of "work" and "play" spell "people." "There is no king without a people." A wise king teaches his people to work and to play.

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1 comment

R. G. March 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

Women are good jugglers, they juggle hats. Sometimes they wear a cook's hat, sometimes a cleaner's hat or maybe now they are wearing their work cap (in fact, if they only have eight different hats they can count their blessings!), whichever hat it is, they wear it on top of their sheitel, of course…

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