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Binah, is a Hebrew word which means “understanding”, and is the second intellectual sephira on the kabbalistic Tree of Life. It sits on the level below Keter (in the formulations that include that sephirah), across from Chokmah and directly above Gevurah. It is usually given four paths: to Keter, Chockmah, Gevurah, and Tiphereth (some Kabbalists... / READ MORE /
Gevurah is the fifth of the ten Sefirot we’ve been exploring over the past few weeks on The Esoteric Encyclopedia series. This sphere corresponds to the second day of creation, and represents the second layer of the emotive attributes in Creation. Gevurah is seen as God’s mode of punishing the wicked, and judging humanity. It is the... / READ MORE /
Chesed is the fourth sephirot on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, and is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” The first three of the ten sephirot, are the attributes of the intellect, while Chesed is the first sephira of the attribute of action. Its position is below Chokhmah, across from Gevurah and above... / READ MORE /
Tiferet, which is defined as “Adornment” or “Beauty”, is the sixth sefira in the kabbalistic Tree of Life, located in the Middle Pillar. It represents the archetype of the number 6, the descent of the Godhead into consciousness, and is also associated with “Spirituality”, “Balance”, “Integration”, “Beauty”, “Miracles”, and “Compassion”. According to Wikipedia: Tiferet is the... / READ MORE /
Yesod, Hebrew: יסוד “foundation”,  is the 9th sephirah in the kabbalistic Tree of Life, which is located below Hod and Netzach, and above Malkuth. It can be seen as the vehicle from one thing or condition to another (the power of connection). The consciousness of Yesod, is often associated with the moon. It is the realm of precognition,... / READ MORE /
Malkuth is the tenth sephirot on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, its literal translation is “kingdom” (Hebrew: ملكوت ;מלכות). Sitting at the bottom of the Tree, below Yesod, this sephirah symbolizes the Bride, which relates to the sphere of Tipheret, symbol of the Bridegroom. Unlike the other nine sephirot, Malkuth is an attribute of God which does not... / READ MORE /
With Christmas on the horizon tomorrow, I can’t help but reflect on how the significance of this holiday has shifted for me over the years. A few years ago I almost converted to Judaism, a two year journey that blessed me with so much knowledge, that I will forever be grateful for. The Rabbi I... / READ MORE /