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Sepher Yetzirah

by Akiba ben Joseph (Alleged Author)

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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts, and now brings its theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light. He expounds on the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the Sefirot, souls, and angels. When properly understood, Sefer Yetzirah becomes the instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers.… (more)
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Many esoteric Jewish texts are rather voluminous (think of the compilation which is the Zohar). If you find that daunting, the good news about the Sepher Yezirah is that it is extremely short. It is so short that my copy (published by AMORC) has Hebrew text on odd numbered pages, English translation on facing even numbered pages, extensive end notes, a glossary, a preface by the translator (Isador Kalisch) and is still only sixty one pages. The basic ideas of this ancient text (some modern scholars believe it may date back to the first century CE) are that the Lord created the cosmos by speaking (Hebrew of course) and tremendous divine power inheres in the characters of the Hebrew alphabet. It was a common idea among ancient people (and contemporary tribal cultures) that the name of a thing is a part of the very thing itself. Hence the great power attributed to names and language generally. Early in the text comes the description of the ten spheres (the first ten numbers) being creating in sequence like a flash of lightning. Then comes a description of three ranks of Hebrew characters (mother, double and simple letters) and how these were emanated and their qualities. There are also sections relating the Hebrew characters to various things such as as the directions (above, below, before, behind, etc.) and parts of the human body, and other schemes.
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Akiba ben JosephAlleged Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaplan, AryehEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuntz, DarcyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suarès, CarloEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warwick, TarlEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westcott, Wiilliam WynnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In two and thirty most occult and wonderful paths of wisdom did J A H, the Lord of Hosts, engrave his name; God of the armies of Israel, ever-living God, merciful and gracious, sublime, dwelling on high, who inhabiteth eternity.
Foreword: The Sepher Yetzirah or Book of Creation is usually traced back to the Sixth Century, though it is much older, being, in fact, one of the earliest of the traditional teachings.
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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and most mysterious of all kabbalistic texts, and now brings its theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to light. He expounds on the dynamics of the spiritual domain, the worlds of the Sefirot, souls, and angels. When properly understood, Sefer Yetzirah becomes the instruction manual for a very special type of meditation meant to strengthen concentration and to aid the development of telekinetic and telepathic powers.

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For those involved with the study of Kabbalah, the Sepher Yetzirah is, along with the Sepher Bahir, one of the key works of note within this genre of mysticism. Involved with both the Hebrew alphabet and numbers systems, it ascribes all major aspects of creation (literally, formation by divine force) to three classes of Hebrew letters, with three numbered classes thereafter; the three mothers, the seven pairs, and the twelve elementals. Further, to this is added the ten Sephiroth and their representations. The work contains what are very likely to be Gnostic elements as well, for the Sephiroth are of nothingness; here too are some alchemical properties and concepts enumerated in antiquity, long before their latter day Renaissance counterparts. Here, then, it is through fire, water, and breath that formation occurs, and the divine breath of god is considered the moderating force which measures and imparts all other existence and nature.
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