Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bat Ayin, Chozeret B'Teshuvah

כ"ח בתמוז תשס"ז

Today, the shabbat containing the lifeforce of Tammuz moving with messianic consciousness, is my father's 70th birthday. Seventy is the gematria of the Hebrew letter ayin (ע).

R' Yitzchak Ginsburgh teaches regarding ayin:

The Ba'al Shem Tov teaches us that whenever the Hebrew word ein (spelled: alef, yud, nun), whose literal meaning is "no," appears in the Torah text, by changing its vowels to read ayin, the implied negation becomes transformed into a positive assertion. Ayin means "nothing," referring in Kabbalah to the Divine nothing from which all reality -- something -- is continuously recreated. The consciousness of ayin is identified by the Ba'al Shem Tov to be the source of the Jewish soul (based upon the rabbinic phrase, ein mazal l'yisrael, "Israel is under no astrological sign," which he reads ayin mazal l'yisrael, "the Divine nothing is the soul-source of Israel").

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