Sefer Yetzirah




On the 32 paths of Creation. And concerning the Wisdom of the Body of Yahweh.
The earliest source to which the Sefer Yetzirah is attributed is the Patriarch Abraham. As early as the 10th century, Saadia Gaon writes that, "The ancients say that Abraham wrote it". This oppinion is supported by almost all of the early commentators. Such ancient Kabbalistic texts as the "Zohar" and "Sefer Raziel" also attribute the Sefer Yetzirah to Abraham.

In general, the Kabbalah is divided into 3 categories, the Theoretical, Meditative, and the Magical.

Theoretical Kabbalah is mainly concerned with the dynamics of the spiritaul domain, especially the worlds of the Sefirot, Souls and Angels.

Meditative Kabbalah deals with the use of Divine Names, Letter Permutations, Mathematics, and similar methods to reach higher states of consciousness.

Magical Kabbalah is closely related to the Meditative. It consists of various signs, Incantations, and Divine Names, through which one may influence and/or alter natural events.

Careful study indicates that the Sefer Yetzirah is a Meditative text, with very strong Magical overtones. This position is supported by the earliest Talmudic traditions, which indicate that it could be used to create living creatures. One such creature, was known as the Golem. In many editions of the "Sefer Yetzirah", scriptural evidence is provided by the verse...
"Abraham went as G~d had told him, and Abraham took...
the souls that they had made in Haran
{ Genesis 12 : 5 }

According to some commentaries, this indicates that Abraham actually used the powers of the "Sefer Yetzirah" to create people. This would be the earliest example of the use of the "Sefar Yetzirah" to create a Golem. According to this, Abraham would have learned how to use the mysteries of the "Sefer Yetzirah" before G~d told him to leave Haran.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalms 139:16
This refers to an embryo; in Medieval Hebrew the word was used to mean "formless matter" but later came to refer to a "robot" magically created. A man made out of clay or mud was brought to life. The "231 Gates" mathematically shows 231 lines drawn from "letter to letter" connecting each of the 22 Hebrew letters when forming a circle.


(22 x 21)/2=231

The Hebrew word for circle is Galgal. This can be also translated as "sphere" or "cycle". Keeping this in mind, we now then connect each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, when forming a cicle, one by one, or as in the
Sefer Yetzirah, "...combining one with another".

The scripture states "the souls that they made", in plural. This would indicate that Abraham was not alone in his use of the "Sefer Yetzirah", but had a companion. A "Midrash" states that if Abraham would have engaged in the secrets of creation by himself, he would have gone too far in emulating the Creator, and therefore worked together with Shem, son of Noah. Ancient sources identify Shem with Malchizedek, who blessed Abraham and taught him many of the earlier traditions.

The most important mysteries of the "Sefer Yetzirah" involve the inner significance of the Hebrew letters, "see below". Here too, we find that Abraham was a master of these mysteries. A "Midrash" thus states,
"the letters were given to none other than Abraham"

Further support linking Abraham to the "Sefer Yetzirah" is found in the "Talmudic" teaching that
"Abraham had a great astrology in his heart, and all the kings of the east and west arose early at his door"
"Sefer Yetzirah" is one of the primary ancient astrological texts, and it is possible that it incorporates Abraham's astrological teachings. The fact that this astrology was said to be " in his heart " might also indicate that it involved various meditative techniques, as was the case with ancient astrology, and is also suggested by the "Sefer Yetzirah".

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The mysteries of the "Sefer Yetzirah" were used again after the Exodus, when the Isrælites were building the Tabernacle in the desert. The "Talmud" states that Betzalel had been chosen to build the Tabernacle because he
"knew how to permute the letters with which heaven and earth were created"
Such esoteric knowledge was required, since the Tabernacle was meant to be a microcosm, paralleling both the universe, the spiritual domain, and the human body. It was not enough merely to construct a physical building. As it was built, the architect had to meditate on the meaning of each part, imbuing it with the necessary spiritual properties.

The "Sefer Yetzirah" ia a very small and concised book. In its Short Version, it is only about 1300 Hebrew words long. The Gra Version contains about 1800 Hebrew words. The Saadia Version haves about 2500 Hebrew words. So short a text, that one of the earliest fragments appears to have the entire book written on a single page. There is speculation that the original source may have contained as few as 240 words.

The present text contains six chapters, and in some editions, these are said to parallel the six orders of the "Mishnah". Some ancient sources, however, state that the book contains five chapters, and it seems likely that the present fifth and sixth chapters were combined as one in these texts. The earliest commentator, Saadia Gaon, in a somewhat different version, divides the book into eight chapters.

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The Sefer Yetzirah is found as well with in the higher degrees of Free Masonry.
The Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies of Free Masonry.

"The Sefer Yetzirah, the Zohar, and the Apocalypse are the completest embodiments of Occultism. They contain more meaning then words;
their expressions are figurative as poetry and exact as numbers.

Albert Pike 33°    "MORALS AND DOGMA"
A:.A:.S:.R:.    Grand Pontiff;  19°
page 321,  3rd paragraph.

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