The First Word of the Torah also Alludes to Hidden Beginnings

Why did the Torah begin with the letter beit [of “bereishit”], and not with an alef? Why was the alef saved for the first letter of “I am G-d” – “Anochi” – the first word of the Ten Commandments? The fact that the Torah begins with the letter beit teaches that the Torah has or contains two aspects: peshat [its simple or literal meaning] and sod [its deeper meaning].The sod of the Torah is its “soul” corresponds to the World to Come… The peshat of the Torah is its “body”:

http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380717/jewish/Northern-Exposure.htm

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3 Responses to The First Word of the Torah also Alludes to Hidden Beginnings

  1. Although Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Arizal) wrote relatively little himself, as mentioned in the “Works” section, his teachings were nevertheless systematically recorded by his disciples, primarily by Rabbi Chaim Vital. It is from these teachings that the startlingly innovative teachings of the Arizal have been given to posterity.
    Following the era of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his disciples, a long line of distinguished kabbalists focused their teachings on one or more of the themes already found explicitly or implicitly in early texts such as Sefer Yetzira , Sefer HaBahir and Zohar and in the works of their immediate predecessors and contemporaries:

    http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/718380/jewish/Ari-Basics.htm

  2. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria was undisputedly the greatest practitioner and expounder of Kabbalah since Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria founded a new school in Kabbalistic thought, known as “the system of the Ari.”:

    http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380758/jewish/The-Holy-Ari.htm

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