WELCOMING SHABBAT

Shabbat is more than a day of refraining from worldly activity.

When experienced to its spiritual fullest, its holiness enlightens all other days of the week.

We invite you to enhance your Shabbat with these words of Torah.

 

The Aleph Beit Of Creation – Ki Tissa

The Aleph Beit Of Creation – Ki Tissa

Sinclair, Rabbi Yaakov Asher
March 10, 2023

“The mystics teach that G-d created the whole of existence with permutations of the 22 letters of the alef-bais… The entire world is nothing more than Hebrew letters connected in a myriad of different ways.

 

In parashat Ki Tisa, …Hashem commanded Betzalel to build the mishkan (the tabernacle). The mishkan was a microcosm of the creation, meaning that the mishkan too was no more than permutations of the aleph-bais.

 

The Gemara expounds the letters of Betzalel’s name to read b’tzel-Eil, meaning ‘in the shadow of G-d.’ Just as G-d had combined those letters to create the universe, so did Betzalel know how to combine the letters of the alef-beis to create the mishkan.”