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Monday, September 12, 2011

The Wonders of Your Torah

The Wonders of Your Torah: "two levels of “nothing,” absolute nothing and relative nothing, and two levels of “something,” intangible something and tangible something.

Absolute nothing is the awareness that besides the absolute existence of God all is naught and that God’s absolute existence is absolutely incomprehensible;  relative nothing is the state of nothing that precedes creation ex-nihilo; intangible something is the aspect of reality we can’t directly experience; tangible something is the aspect of reality we can directly experience.

The Hebrew terms for “absolute nothing,” “relative nothing,” “intangible something,” and “tangible something” (as they appear in the classic texts of Kabbalah and Chasidut, when the concepts are meant to be distinguished one from the other) are efes (אפס), ayin (אין), yesh (יש), and mamash (ממש), respectively."

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