By J. Immanuel Schochet

An outstanding consultant to the complex techniques of Jewish mysticism present in Chabad Chasidic philosphy. It strains the heritage of Jewish mysticism from its earliest beginnings via its growth within the 16th century and the hot period of its promulgation in the course of the Chasidic circulate. distinct realization is given to the lessons of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, who first elucidated Kabbalistic options in a scientific demeanour and made them obtainable to the typical individual.

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All the attributes of the Holy One, blessed be He, His WilI and His Wisdom, are designated and called by (their) terms relative only to the upper and lower beings alone"; Tanya 1I:lO. In a sense, with respect to the En Sof, R. Schneur Zalrnan goes even beyond Maimonides' definition of the attributes as negations (Moreh Nevuchim 158-80) : It is even inappropriate to say that "it is impossible to apprehend Gd", because that would be like saying "of a lofty and profound wisdom that it cannot be touched with the hands because of the profundity of the concept.

In essence, the concepts and doctrines discussed here, and in the chapters following, all relate to these issues. Creation is often explained in terms of a theory of emanationism: by means of a chain of successive emanations from "higher" to "lower" the finite evolved from the Infinite, and matter evolved from spirit. But this suggestion as it stands is insufficient. To speak of a casual evolutionary process of successive emanations merely begs the question and does not answer it. For regardless of how long this chain of causal evolutions may be, there always remains some relationship, qualitative as well as quantitative, between the effect 48 MYSTICAL ~ ~ V C E P T IN S CHAS~ISM and its cause.

20; see supra, ch. 2, note 18. V. "~] 2. O r d e ~of the Sefirot The Sefirot are ten spheres or c l a s s e s 2 ~ n the following order: Keter ( Crown) ; Chochmah (Wisdom); Binah ( Understanding); Chesed ( Kindness; Grace; Benevolence ) ; Ceuurah ( Might; Power; Prevalence) ; Tiferet ( Beauty ) , Netzach (Endurance; Victory) ; Hod ( Splendour; Majesty) ; Yesod ( Foundation) ; Malchut ( Sovereignty; Kingship). I n some schemes Keter is omitted from the order of the ten S e f i ~ o t ~ ~ - freasons or to be explained further on; these schemes take Chochmah as the first of the ten and insert Da'at (Knowledge) as a Sefirah after Binah.

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