New commentaries on Sulam


Was browsing the web and found this book. Looks like someone did a nice job of putting additional commentaries around Talmud Eser HaSefirot.

I looked at the preview of a few pages – looks very promising.  Also, very nice charts that help understand key concept. Especially like how the concept of KAV is drawn – I tried to draw it myself and always found the image come too confusing – the author created very nice presentation of the KAV – how it spans across the worlds.

Recommend to check out.



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One Response to New commentaries on Sulam

  1. I know that to some people like to draw the charts and it helps them to keep in mind more or less the information that they learn, but the problem with the charts is that we may easely fall down in their trap, because even the simplest spiritual prosess is so complecated that no cart may discrube it. We say that A”K is the most inner spiritual world, so how can it be that it is draw the most outsider one?. How can you draw the endless worlds of the numbers between 1 and 2, there are formulas for them, but do they really show the endless possibilities of influences in different curcomstances of the 1.1 which may open in a whole endless world, and then 1.2 into another endless world, and so on. and if we need more correct answer that the number 1.23 is an endless,category, and 1.24 is another parralel endless world of possibilities.
    Next part is the fact that nothing disapears in spiritual, so it would be right to draw the A”K of a transparent parper, and then Nekkudot de SA’G, and then Ullam HaNekkudim with its break down prosseses, and then the Atzillut and so on and to put these transtarent parpers one on to another and to see how endlessly complecated the spiritual kingdom is. Now if you draw the Tumma system and put it on Kddusha one, you will be lucky, if there is somebody to tell you what to start with.

    Next moment comes from the explanation of Baal HaSulam at the end of Ptikha, that each even simplest Partzuf consists of its A”K and ABY”A.

    And if we finally take into consideration that each Sffira consists of privete Sffirot and each privete Sfirra from privete of privete, won’t we be lost in all this details?

    And still it leaves us with nothing, because we actually don’t know to connect this matireal= models in Kabbalah, even if we spend endless amount on parper for charts, with the everyday life of a Kabbalaists, and how to use this models for the correct reaction on each given to us situations.

    So I would certanly recomment for the beginners to read Ptikha, or TES and try at least to draw and sumerize the learned matirial, because we are built in such a way that we should feel that we do make a certain progress in the chosen field. But for those that don’t want to fool themselves there is much better way to understand the learned matirial. And it is correctly organased lessons, which inclued TES( 2-3 letters) for 2 hours, with complete discussing of AR”I, then Baal HaSulam, and Rubbash, and then Rav Gottlieb comments, and if you find other Kosher comments you may read them too, then comes Rabash’s article with or without Rav Gottlieb’s comments. The article should be read from the bigining till the end without disturbence, and then you read it paragraph by paragrph and discuss things which are not clear to somebody of the group( it also takes about two hours), and then comes TORAH you take Parrashat HaShavu’a and read it and then each should bring the comments, classical ones and of morden Raves, and from Rabash’s and Baal HaSullam comments, Especially should be given time to Rav Gottlieb’s comments of each Parrashat HaShavvua, which are avalible on his site, to learn a Kabbalaist analyses of Torah, and learning Kabbalaistiac way of viewing the world, it takes two hours too. Now while studing each student should try his best to see his life experience through the learned matirial, but nobody’s personal experience should be discussed, only the examplece started with”let’s see the following situation” then each member would feel involeved in solving it and won’t feel that the material discussed now has nothing to do with him , of course if there is some students which have good knoeledge of Talmud B. and Y. they may enreach the discussion by the examples and comments, the main thing is to be able to present them through the Kabbalaistic point of view= which teaches that a person is a world and everything taught by out Sages has its place in each individual person.

    As for the studing at home, each pupile should decide what is his individual plan, but more attention should be payed on the learning and less on speculating, though if you have interesting questions or parraleles, with already known materriel, one should write them down, BUT it shouldn’t interfier with the group lesson, and all the questions should be asked at the end, because sometimes most of them are answered during the lesson by Rav or by group.

    And if you work this way you will see that the need of charts will very quickly be deminished to the minimum, because they are not the main part of studing, accually they are not a part of studing at all, they are helpful devices, as sticks for little children who just are learning to count, and have difficulty to do it in mind. With the time( after studing Ptikha2-3 times, and reading TES 2-3 times) the organisation of the spiritual worlds will be as a table of multiplication in each of students’ heads, and each of them will see that this Table of multiplication has no much merit, but is neccesarry for solving some promlems, and as we know that the students that study Math at the universities they don’t use numbers for their problems at all, they have their mathematical language and with the help of it sole all the possible and impossible problems. So with Kabbalaists they learn the Kabbalah Language and don’t need any charts, because they are outdated for the advansed level of learning.

    Again, I don’t have anything against the charts, but be careful not to fall in to thier trap, and to spend too much time on the things which are completely axillary to the main prossess.

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