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14. Smaller Spheres
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:3 The spheres possess no weight and no color. They appear to us as blue because of the atmosphere. Similarly, the spheres have no taste and no smell. These phenomena only exist in the physical things that the spheres contain. Yesodei HaTorah 3:4 All the spheres that surround the world are round and […]
13. The Heavenly Spheres
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Yesodei HaTorah 3:1 There are spheres that are called “heavens,” “firmament,” “habitation” and “skies.” All together, there are nine. The closest sphere is that of the moon. The second sphere contains the planet Mercury. The third sphere contains the planet Venus. The fourth sphere contains the sun. The fifth sphere contains the planet Mars. The […]
12. Keeping Profound Matters Secret
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:11 The concepts that we have discussed in these first two chapters are like a drop of water from an ocean of what is really required to explain things. The explanation of the principles discussed in these chapters is known as Maaseh Merkava, “the work of the Divine chariot.” Yesodei HaTorah 2:12 The […]
11. God’s “Life”
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:9 Everything in the universe aside from God Himself was brought into existence by Him. Since He knows Himself, He is aware of His own His greatness. God knows all and nothing is hidden from Him. Yesodei HaTorah 2:10 God knows the truth of His Own Being. His knowledge is not something external […]
10. Ten Levels of Angels
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:7 The groups of angels are called by different names, which reflect their positions. These include: 1) Chayos HaKodesh (holy beings), the highest rank; 2) Ofanim (wheels); 3) Erelim (valiant ones); 4) Chashmalim (electric ones); 5) Seraphim (fiery ones); 6) Malachim (messengers); 7) Elohim (the mighty ones); 8) B’nei Elohim (sons of the […]
9. Angels
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Yesodei HaTorah 2:5 Since angels have no bodies, what separates them from one another? They are not the same. Each one exists based upon the influence it exerts in a series of levels, one on top of the next. This is alluded to in Koheles 5:7, “…there is a watcher above the one who is […]