The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

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The Panoply of Symbols for the Sefirot

A reference list of symbols for the Sefirot.

What are the Sefirot?

God emanates ten vessels through which the world is created, called sefirot, which are both part of God and created by God. These vessels are channels of light or water, and they are also light itself.

The Chakras and the Sefirot

How they correspond.

Some concepts related to creation

The light of the Infinite – Tzimtzum contraction – feminine and masculine – The diminished moon – The balance and the three columns – Du-partzufim two faces of the first human – N'tzotzot sparks – Primordial Adam – "In the beginning..."

Some central themes in Kabbalah

The double shattering of creation – Cosmic blessing: Kabbalah is the first area of Jewish thought to propose that the Jewish covenant was given for the sake of all creation – Redemption and reincarnation – Tzorekh gavoha, Divine need – The infinity of Torah – The structure of the soul.

More important terms

ShefaOr Makif, Surrounding light, Or M'malei, and other terms for light – It'aruta, Arousal – Mayin Nukvin, Feminine waters – Tant"a and Abiy"a.


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