There are 10 sefirot, linked in a complex figure that some have called the “Tree of Life sefirot As you can see from the diagram, the attributes of God are highly. Kabbalah: The 10 sefirot. A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God’s manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly. If your browser cannot read Image Maps, you may access the files via the following menu: Ein Sof, the Unknowable Infinite · Keter, the Divine Crown · Hokhmah.

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A Kabbalistic concept explaining the multiplicity of God’s manifestations in the world helps us see how God is truly one. Rabbi Shimon Leiberman Published: The building blocks of Kabbalistic terminology are the ten sefirot.

These are the ten emanations or “lights” through which God interacts with, and relates to, His world. When Kabbalah looks sez various events that have transpired in the world, or various Divine commandments in the Torah, it classifies and describes them in terms of these various modes of interaction.

The Ten Sefirot: Introduction

Xez has placed at its masthead the principle of the Oneness of God. How do we now dilute this most important of beliefs with the idea of “Ten Emanations” that seems to imply God is more than one? This question was posed to the Rivash 14th century: God’s unity vis-a-vis the ten sefirot may be likened to a ray of sun passing through a prism.


On one side, we have a single ray of light, while, on the other side, we perceive a radiation of seven colors. The person sitting on the other side perceives this as if it were many lamps radiating many hues, while in reality it is one lamp.

Kabbalah World Center – “The Teaching of Ten Sefirot”

The multi-hued rainbow is a “distortion” created by the prism that the light passed through. Imagine a child who hugs his mother, beats up his brother and cheats on a test. For the layman each one of these behaviors is a separate event, which has its own rational and dynamic. However, the professional psychologist looks at all these events and after analyzing them states, “These are all symptoms of one underlying problem.

The child desires his mother’s love and attention. He therefore hugs her, hits his younger brother who is stealing away so much of her attention, and cheats on his test so that he will be showered with her love and attention for having done well.

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We perceive such a wide variety of events, so overwhelmingly diffuse and so oddly contradictory. There is the God who breathes a breath of life into dea newborn baby’s mouth, and extracts the last labored breath of a dying man.

There is the God who has wrought the Holocaust, and the God who has preserved a tiny, fragile Jewish nation for over three millennium.

There is the God who gives some people beautiful bodies, and the God who seemingly condemns the congenitally defective to a lifetime of suffering. sefiroy

Sefirot – Wikiwand

From our side of the prism, each and serirot one of these events is disparate. Yet we recognize them as being the work of one God, with one purpose, with unified plan of action for the world. Thus the ten sefirot are the various ways we perceive God through his action within the world, while we firmly believe in the unity of God.

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