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Chayei Sarah – where Kabbalah meets physics

And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred years and thirty years and seven years (Gen. 25,17) “You might say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number [137]” – Richard Feynman “The mystery about α is actually a double mystery. The first mystery – the origin of its numerical value α ≈ 1/137 has been recognized and discussed for decades. The second mystery – the range of its domain – is generally unrecognized. — Malcolm H. Mac Gregor, M.H. MacGregor (2007). The Power of Alpha. World Scientific. p. 69. Kabbalah is the esoteric level of the Torah. The word “kabbalah” (קבלה) literally means “receiving” or “received [wisdom].” The gematriah (numerical value) of the word “kabbalah” is 137: Kuf (100) + Bet (2) + Lamed (30) + Heh (5) = 137. This number appears explicitly for the first time in the [...]

Body Chemistry

Vayeitzei Reading the Torah (Bible), sometimes, can give a false impression of reading a story, albeit the greatest story ever written. This Divine drama involves colorful characters, sophisticated plots, jealousy, sibling rivalry, deception, struggle, suffering and every human emotion. The profound insight brought to light by Kabbalah – the esoteric interpretation of Torah – was the realization that the human drama played out by Biblical characters is also a mashal – a metaphor or an allegory – that alludes to spiritual forces interacting in higher worlds. Actually, from the point of view of Jewish mysticism, whatever happens down here, first takes place in the spiritual worlds and only later (or on lower levels, from the point of view of seder hishtalshelut – the unfolding of creation) manifests itself in the physical realm. Every [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|Atomic Theory, Parshah, Uncategorized, Vayetze|1 Comment

Jacob’s Ladder

Then he had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground, and its top reached the heavens. Upon it, G‑d’s angels were going up and down. Last Friday night I dreamed of an atom with a ladder wedged in the nucleus of the atom, with electrons jumping up and down the ladder. For those readers unencumbered by the knowledge of atomic theory, a brief historical introduction may be in order.  When the planetary theory of the atom was first proposed by Ernest Rutherford in 1909, it depicted an atom as a solar system wherein a nucleus is positioned at the center of the atom, with electrons orbiting around the nucleus as planets orbit the Sun.  However, there was a problem.  According to Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism, accelerating electrons emit [...]

By | November 29th, 2012|Atomic Theory, Parshah, Vayetze|0 Comments