אAleph is the first letter of the Kabbalistic alphabet, or better said, the Kabbalistic aleph-bet. Aleph is also the first letter in the Arabic alphabet, but it is pronounced Alif (Olif)
With this letter we write many names, such as אלוהים Elohim, which is precisely the Hebrew word for Gods and Goddesses. The Hebrew word for God is ‘El,’ written with א Aleph and ל Lamed. The word Elohim is a plural word that means Gods and Goddesses. Other words written with א Aleph are Elah, אדם Adam, and many words related to Aleph that point at divinity. Most of the names of angels end with אל ‘El’ (Aleph Lamed), like Samael, Zachariel, Orifiel, etc.
The word אלףAleph is written א Aleph, ל Lamed, and ף Peh. (ף or פ Peh in Latin letters is associated with the letters P and F. This is why we can write Aleph with an F or a PH at the end because the letter Peh of the Hebrew alphabet can be either). It is necessary to explain about these three letters א Aleph, ל Lamed, and ף Peh because the letter א Aleph is associated with the air, with the wind. The letter א Aleph has the numerical value of 1, since it is the first letter. The letter ל Lamed (which is exactly in the middle of the alphabet) has the value of 30. The letter ף or פ Peh has the value of 80. So if you make the addition of 80 + 30 + 1 you have 111. In other words, the result is three ones (three-unities), or better said, three Alephs in one.
The Sacred Breath
The letter א Aleph symbolizes the wind, air. א Aleph is associated with the Sephirah Kether. On the Tree of Life, the first Sephirah is Kether. Kether is the synthesis of three, better said, the synthesis of 111. It is one, one, one; one hundred eleven.
The Hebrew letter ב "Beth" is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Hebrew alefbet. The first letter is א Aleph, the letter A and the number 1, which we studied in the previous lecture. The letter Beth represents the number two and is the extension, or vehicle, of א Aleph.
To understand ב Beth, you have to always remember א Aleph, because ב Beth is that through which א Aleph speaks. ב Beth in this sense is like a mouth, and in its shape you can imagine this. The breath (the Aleph) emerges through ב Beth. The emergence of the breathe of God is the emergence of life. The breath of God is the Neshemah (the soul). The breath is creation, emerging through ב Beth. This is why Beth is the very first letter of the entire Bible; the entire Torah or Tanach begins with ב Beth. The significance of this letter is underscored by this simple fact.
ב Beth is the first letter of the first word of the Bible. That word is בראשית "Barashith."
It is from the letter ב Beth that the entire Bible emerges as an expression of that א Aleph, the breath of God. This is why we call the Bible "The Word of God." The Word in Greek is "the Logos." It is the expression of something that is inexpressible. This is part of the importance of these Hebrew letters. They encode and symbolize a form of knowledge that is inexpressible and is incapable of being symbolized. So, each letter has multiple meanings and a depth of significance that is far beyond the intellect. To grasp the real meaning of the letters requires the intuition to be active and receptive. With intuition, we can grasp the full depth of the meanings of these letters.
The House of GodThe letter ב Beth represents a tent or a house, and you can see that in the shape of the letter. The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are full of references to the House of God, to the temple, to the tents of Israel, and all of these are related to Beth. In fact, to write the word "house" in Hebrew, you write ביתBeth (pronounced BAH-yeet).
That house is represented by the letter ב Beth. That house is us; it is our mind, our heart, our soul, our body.
Beth represents duality. Beth represents the two pillars that stand side by side: Jachin-Boaz. Those two pillars are the very structure to any temple. Those two pillars hold up the temple. If you look at the Tree of Life, you see two pillars on the two sides; these are Beth.
The God that religious people call “the Father” is not exclusively masculine, because to write Father in Hebrew, you write אב Aleph-Beth. A-B: male-female. God is male-female.Chokmah is the Hebrew word for “wisdom.” Chokmah is Christ. Chokmah is a level of nature in which there is no individuality. Chokmah is unity, purity, law, which is love - love as sacrifice, not love as attachment.
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