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Dec 11 2017, Kislev 23, 5778
Torah reading: Miketz

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

The Knowledge of G-d – Table of Contents

Click here to download a PDF of this book. This book is an excellent introduction to the entire system of Kabbalah, in a way of comprehension and understanding.  Part one explains the Kabbalistic System of the Chaining Down of the Worlds – known as the Seder Hishtalshelut. This knowledge is the foundation of all Kabbalistic thought, … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:1

Part One: Seder Hishtalshelut   It is clear that there is a force which enlivens the body. The external body itself is nothing more than an inanimate vessel which contains and is animated by this force. This is readily observable by the fact that when one passes away, G-d forbid, his body remains intact, but … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:2

From the above, it is understood that there must be a soul which animates and enlivens the physical body.  Now, just as this is so in man, who is a microcosm, likewise, in the macrocosm, it appears that there is a force which enlivens and animates the entire universe.  For the physical universe is no … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:3

We concluded above that the universe and everything in it, including the human body, appears to have an animating force within it to enliven it, and that without this force it would be nothing more than dead matter. However, it is actually more than this, for the physical body of man and the materiality of … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:4

If we would strip away all the properties of man, we would be left with the quintessential self of the person, for one’s arms are not him, his legs are not him and neither is his torso.  Neither the outer nor the inner organs are him.  Neither is his will and desire nor is his … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:5

There are two types of potentialities.  The first is called a “Heyulie” – “ability”, and the second is called a “Ko’ach” – “potential”.  The example usually given to explain the difference between these two potentialities is the difference between how fire exists in a coal as opposed to how it exists in a flint.  There … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:6

Now that we understand the difference between a heyulie (ability) and a ko’ach (potential), we may now understand how the above mentioned faculties simultaneously do and don’t exist in the singular essence of the soul.  A case in point is the power of movement.  Even before one moves at all, he possesses the power of … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:7

Now, in order for distinguishable qualities to be revealed from this quintessential singularity, there must be intention.  Whereas prior to intention, the quintessential soul is not within the definition of relating to a body, nonetheless, upon intent, these qualities are “highlighted”, so to speak, as a preparation for the influx of  life into the body. … Read more

The Knowledge Of G-D – 1:8

Following the above mentioned stage, in which a specific quality and desire is “highlighted” as a preparation to being revealed, there comes a third stage. In this third stage, all the details of the desire which has emerged, have already been estimated and finalized and are ready for actualization. He has resolved to act upon … Read more