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Samuel Ben-Or Avital
Samuel Ben-Or Avital

Gathering of the Sparks Kabbalah Seminar – Reish

Authentic Kabbalah Tradition and Practical Wisdom

Samuel Ben-Or Avital, author of “The Invisible Stairway: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Hebrew Letters,” will be holding a seminar on authentic Kabbalah, starting October 21 in Boulder, CO.  The seminar, entitled Gathering of the Sparks: Authentic Kabbalah and Practical Wisdom, will run October 21, 28 and November 4, 11, 18, and December 2, 2011, six Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon.  This series will focus on the Hebrew letter Reish.

Avital, descendent of Moroccan Kabbalists tracing their lineage to 15th Century Spain and before, explains that the Hebrew letters in are one of the most basic keys to properly explore the Kabbalah’s “mysteries.”  In his seminars, Avital delves into the spiritual meanings and discoveries contained in each letter, what each letter stores within her story.  He describes the letters as the “blueprint from which the stuff of creation is created, formed and made,” explaining that “Each verb has built in its essence a nucleus and a root to plant and build oneself within “the world.”  Each letter contains and symbolizes a spiritual power or energy.”

Avital shared just a few of the meanings of the letter Reish, which will be covered in the upcoming workshop: “The letter REISH   ר   is the symbol of choosing between greatness and authenticity, and degradation, mediocrity and pretense.  With this letter, we begin to explore what is ROSH ר א ש  = Head, the circular organ containing the physical brain and untold and “hidden” “secrets” which this letter REISH may reveal when we learn to “become the Head and not the Tail”, leader and not just follower, to become both the leader and the follower with one breath.

After  learning and transforming the klipah   ק  ל י פ ה , the peel, the cover, of the KOF  ק , the letter before REISH, and activating the Holiness and Growth Cycles, Kedousha              ק ד ו ש ה , we learn to find out what is covered inside the head.  According to Kabbalah, we have 5 brains but not all of their powers are used by humans today – and actually it is known scientifically that we only use approximately 5% of the capacity of our brains.

When we will study deep what “In The Beginning” “BRESHEET”   ב ר א ש י ת  is, we will learn how to activate all the levels of the Brain and thus to contain the light that includes all the universe, beyond the “opposites” and the “paradox” that most humans are trapped in – this “duality of matter”.  The REISH also symbolizes the ability to change course from duality to oneness in all creation, not just in thought but also in action.  Thus we may shift to the next level of being REALLY HUMANS, beyond the trap of the chains of duality.

One can also observe that ROSH with Aleph is ר א ש  head, and with the letter AYIN it is   ר ש ע  RASHAH  = wicked.  We study about these two letters, ALEPH   א   and AYIN   ע , both of which are pronounced from the throat, but which have a unique pronunciation and difference, and the sound of both of which affects us deeply.  Therefore, these letters indicate how the wicked can return back from the darkness to the good, to restore oneself to the Aleph greatness, justice and light.”

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About Devorah

Devorah. is a student of Samuel Ben-Or Avital at Le Centre Du Silence. Samuel was born in Morocco to a family which traces its lineage to 15th Century Spain and before, passing in an unbroken line in the Sephardic tradition, the ancient beautiful and practical wisdom of the Hebrew knowledge of the Kabbalah. In 1958 he traveled to Paris to study with the Masters of Mime, Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. In 1971 he founded Le Centre du Silence Mime School in Boulder, Colorado, where he currently resides.

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