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THE PURPOSE

THE PURPOSE OF the marriage of a woman and a man is union.
The purpose of union is fertilization.
The purpose of fertilization is giving birth.
The purpose of birth is learning.
The purpose of learning is to grasp the divine.
The purpose of apprehending the divine is to maintain the
endurance of the one who apprehends with the joy of
apprehension.
Quote by Abraham Abulafia in The Essential Kabbalah, compiled by Daniel Matt, p. 21
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THE NATURE OF GOD

An Impoverished person thinks that God is an old man with white hair, sitting on a wondrous throne of fire that glitters with countless sparks, as the Bible states: "The Ancient -of-Days sits, the hair on his head like clean fleece, his throne—flames of fire." Imagining this and similar fantasies, the fool corporealizes God. He falls into one of the traps that destroy faith. His awe of God is limited by his imagination.

But if you are enlightened, you know God's oneness; you know that the divine is devoid of bodily categories—these can never be applied to God. Then you wonder, astonished: Who amI? I am a mustard seed in the middle of the sphere of the moon, which itself is a mustard seed within the next sphere. So it is with that sphere and all it contains in relation to the next sphere. So it is with all the spheres—one inside the other—and all of them are a mustard seed within the further expanses. And all of these are a mustard seed within further expanses.
Your awe is invigorated, the love in your soul expands.
Moses Cordovero
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A couple of websites on traditional kabbalah:

https://www.kabbalahdecoded.com

https://www.kabbalaonline.org
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Five levels of the Soul by Rabbi Miller:

https://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/ ... usness.htm

It begins:
The divine soul is an indivisible essence inseparably bound to G‑d, as the verse states, "For part of G‑d is His People" (Deut. 32:9) and as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai states about himself: "My soul is one with Him, as one flame, cleaving to Him". Nevertheless, as it emanates from the Infinite One — the Ein Sof — eventually to be clothed in the physical body, the soul descends via the five worlds mentioned above, leaving a root in each of the worlds, until it is clothed in a physical body. Thus there are five levels of the soul, or levels of G‑d-consciousness, corresponding to the various planes of reality, or levels of divine revelation/concealment manifested in each of the worlds.
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Rav Miller on Kabbalah meditation; from Kabbalah Decoded:

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Before anything emanated, there was only Ein Sof. Ein Sof was all that existed. Similarly, after it brought into being that which exists, there is nothing but it. You cannot find anything that exists apart from it. There is nothing that is not pervaded by the power of divinity. If there were, Ein Sof would be limited, subject to duality. It is present in everything, and everything comes into being from it. Nothing is devoid of its divinity. Everything is within it; it is within everything and outside of everything. There is nothing but it.
Moses Cordovero, Elimah Rabbati, 24d-25a

Ein Sof can be described as infiniteness, or limitlessness; the transcendental par excellence, beyond the finite and the infinite, beyond the limit and the boundless.
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