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It’s the time, stupid!

There is a continuous thread about the mastery of time that weaves through the last chapters of the book of Bereshit (Genesis) and continues through the beginning of the book of Shemot (Exodus). The story of Joseph’s incarceration ends with his successful interpretation of the dreams of the Pharaoh’s chief butler and the chief baker.  His genius was not only in interpreting ordinary objects (tendrils of grapes and baskets of bread) as symbols of the units of time but in understanding that the engagement in time (manifested in the chief butler’s personally squeezing the grapes into the cup and placing the cup in Pharaoh’s hand) symbolized life for the chief butler and the passivity of the chief baker (who dreamt of baskets of bread sitting on his head, with birds eating from the baskets) [...]

Paradox of the Red Heifer

Chukat In the previous post, Tumah and Taharah, we discussed the following ideas: Tumah (impurity) and taharah (purity) are strictly spiritual concepts; Spiritual concepts are points in a conceptual space, which is called in mathematics a "fiber bundle" on the fifth "moral" dimension defined in Sefer Yetzira (in addition to four dimensions of spacetime); Tumah and taharah are mirror reflections of each other as if tumah was an "antiparticle" of taharah; Life is viewed as the soul's existence within the body, and, conversely, the soul's separation from the body causes cessation of life; Tumah is usually associated with death or diminution of life. The wisest of all man, King Salomon, could not fathom the paradox of Parah Adumah (the Red Heifer): Why does the person who administers the ritual of purification become tomei (spiritually impure) himself? It [...]