Sefer Yetzirah, Class 4
The Ten Sefirot in Abulafia, and Other Early Sources
Readings from the works or R. Eliezer of Germiza, R. Yitzhak of Acco, RaMBaN and R. Abulafia's commentary Gan Na'ul, with special elaboration from his book, Sitrei Torah on RaMBaM's Moreh Nebukhim. What are the Ten Sefirot? There are two specific opinions, one very different from the other. This class enumerates Abulafia's understanding of the Sefirot, and their relationship to Divine inspiration. This class covers the transition of understanding the sefirot cosmologically as infinite numbers and into understanding them spiritually, as deeper, and deeper levels of human consciousness. Abulafia elaborates on the power of the mind, and its many different forms. The sefirot are the inner essence of the letters. This opens us up to discuss the relationship of force and form, (body and soul).