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Rabbi Shimon Leiberman

Rabbi Leiberman is a leading Jewish educator in Israel and abroad, and has written a number of works on Jewish thought and Kabbalah.

Kabbalah #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

Kabbalah #23: Malchut: The Kingdom Within

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The last sefirah is the most important because God uses it to act through His creation.


Kabbalah #22: Yesod: Foundation

Kabbalah #22: Yesod: Foundation

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The sefirah of yesod anchors the world to its spiritual bedrock.


Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

Kabbala #21: Yesod: The Translator

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The sefirah of yesod, "foundation," translates spiritual concepts into actions that unite us with God.


Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

Kabbala #20: Netzach and Hod: Means to an End

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Just like a loving parent may seem cruel when harshly disciplining a child in order to instill good values, the "tactical" sefirot of netzach and hod are often not what they seem.


Kabbala #19: History of Kabbala Part II

Kabbala #19: History of Kabbala Part II

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The imagery of Kabbalah, which examines God's actions through metaphor, can never lead to the creation of images or the suggestion that the One God exists in fragments.


Kabbala #18: Center of the Earth

Kabbala #18: Center of the Earth

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The sefirot of chesed, gevurah, tiferet -- kindness, strength and beauty -- have an interrelationship that serves as a model for understanding the relationships between the other sefirot.


Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1

Kabbala #17: History of Kabbala: Part 1

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A mysterious dialogue between Moses and God gives us clues to the "ways of God" -- revelations of a deep mystical knowledge which enriches our understanding of the Torah.


Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy

Kabbala #16: Beauty as Mercy

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The dynamic of interaction between the three sefirot of "action" can be compared to a courtroom where kindness, chesed, is the defender and judgment gevurah/din the prosecutor.


Kabbala #15: Tiferet: Beautiful Synthesis

Kabbala #15: Tiferet: Beautiful Synthesis

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Of the Ten Sefirot, tiferet -- which literally means "beauty" or "glory" -- is the most central as it mediates between chesed ("kindness") and gevurah ("strength").


Kabbala #14: Love and Awe

Kabbala #14: Love and Awe

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The sefirot of "action" engender love and fear on our part, the two "wings" which we need to soar up to the heavens.


Kabbala #13: The Interplay of Matter and Form

Kabbala #13: The Interplay of Matter and Form

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Creation of raw matter is an act of chesed-kindness. Giving form to creation requires the restraint of gevurah-strength.


Kabbala #12: Chesed and Gevurah: The Two Sided Approach

Kabbala #12: Chesed and Gevurah: The Two Sided...

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Chesed-kindness and gevurah-strength work in tandem, defining God's interaction with the world as a right/left pull/push phenomenon.


Kabbala #11: Gevurah: The Strength of Judgment

Kabbala #11: Gevurah: The Strength of Judgment

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The fifth of the Ten Sefirot -- gevurah -- is the second sefira of action and one which brings strict justice into the world.


Kabbala #10:  Chesed - The World is Built on Kindness

Kabbala #10: Chesed - The World is Built on...

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The fourth of the Ten Sefirot -- chesed -- precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated.


Kabbala #9: Daat - The Bridge Between Idea and Reality

Kabbala #9: Daat - The Bridge Between Idea and...

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The third of the Ten Sefirot -- daat -- allows flashes of inspiration, once processed, to be brought to fruition.


Kabbala #8: Binah - Processing Wisdom

Kabbala #8: Binah - Processing Wisdom

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The second of the Ten Sefirot -- binah – is the womb where raw understanding is developed and processed.


Kabbala #7: Chochma: Inspired Intellect

Kabbala #7: Chochma: Inspired Intellect

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Out of the Ten Sefirot, chochmah, wisdom is the trait which allows creating something out of nothing, for it truly comes from "nowhere."


Kabbala #6 - The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

Kabbala #6 - The Sefirot and the Divine Plan

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God funnels His will through the primary Sefirot of intellect, creating a world where each event and interaction is part of a larger, comprehensible pattern.


Kabbala #5 - Prayer, Study and the Ten Sefirot

Kabbala #5 - Prayer, Study and the Ten Sefirot

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Prayer lifts us above a fragmented world, where we turn our focus to only One God, whose many attributes make up one cohesive union.


Kabbala #4: Why 10?

Kabbala #4: Why 10?

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Ten Sefirot are not "ten" by chance -- their number helps us understand the design of the entire world.


Kabbala #3: The Ten Sefirot

Kabbala #3: The Ten Sefirot

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A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God's manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly One.


Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite

Kabbala #2: Perceiving the Infinite

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How can we get a glimpse of God? Kabbala reveals how the Infinite interacts with humanity.


Kabbala #1: What Is Kabbala?

Kabbala #1: What Is Kabbala?

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Kabbala is the Torah's expression of the way the world works. Removed from its source, it's a lot of rubbish. (First in a series.)


Kabbalah #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn't

Kabbalah #24: Keter: The Sefirah that Isn't

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Keter manifests itself in the world as inexplicable "will" that goes beyond reason or cause and effect.