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One can use this as a meditation. Try to imagine the sphere at infinity and the point at infinity, and attempt to perceive how they are actually one. You will then see that your usual conceptions of space and extension are not as simple as you believe.
(Sefer Yetzirah, R. A. Kaplan Commentary)
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Rav says that the acquisition is performed with the utensil (kerchief) of the buyer. Though the buyer gives his utensil to the seller in addition to the money that was agreed upon, it is in the interest of the buyer to do so, so that the transaction be finalized immediately.
Levi says that it is performed with the utensil of the seller. In exchange for the pleasure that the seller by the buyer accepting the kerchief from him, he resolves to grant the ownership.
Sefer Yetzira (The Book of Creation) is a concise mystical book (between 1,300 to 2,500 words) whose teaching were developed by the Patriarch Abraham and which was recorded at least 2000 years ago.
Ten Sefirot of Nothingness
Their end is embedded in their beginning
and their beginning in their end
like a flame in a burning coal
For the Master is singular
He has no second
And before one, what do you count?
According to most commentaries, the “beginning” is Keter (Crown), while the “end” is Malchut (Kingship). These are the two endpoints of the spiritual dimension.
On the most basic level, Crown is seen as the concept of Cause, while Kingship is the archetype of Effect. Since a cause cannot exist without an effect, and an effect cannot exist without a cause, the two are interdependent on each other.
The Sefer Yetzirah likens this to a “flame bound to a burning coal.” A flame cannot exist without the coal, and the burning coal cannot exits without a flame. Although the coal is the cuase of the flame, the flame is also the cause of the burning coal. Without the flame, the would not be a burning coal.
Since Cause cannot exist without Effect, Effect is also the cause of the Cause. In this sense, Effect is the cause, and the cause is the Effect. Since beginning and end are inseparable, “their end is embedded in their beginning, and their beginning in their end.”
The commentary goes on to explain the 5-dimensional space (three physical dimension, time, and soul, meaning good/bad dimension), and describes an infinitely remote sphere where all these converge.
All of the above can be used as meditation devices for visualizing the complex spiritual worlds.
Mystics of all countries – unite!
One can easily see that many mystical schools engage in the same meditative techniques, thus they are dealing with the same spiritual worlds, which should really come as no surprise.
“Ten Sefirot of Nothingness” is parallel to Hindu meditation on Nothing, behind one’s head, which is one of the most powerful and dangerous forms of meditation.
“And before one, what do you count?” is the sound of one hand clapping. The reader is invited to find further parallels.
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If the custodian moved the keg for its benefit, such as removing it from an unsafe place – he is not liable to pay compensation, because he remains a custodian.
If however the custodian moved the keg for his own benefit, then at this time he is stealing it, and if it breaks while in his hands, he is liable. If he put it down, then he returned the stolen item and again became a custodian, so he is not liable.