Hebrew Letter: Beith ב י ת– 2nd letter of 22 Hebrew Letters
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 18 in Boulder, Colorado. The seminar, entitled Gathering of the Sparks: Authentic Kabbalah and Practical Wisdom, will run October 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 15, 29 2012, six Thursday evenings from 7 -9 pm. This series will focus on the Hebrew letter BEITH.
Avital, descendent of Moroccan Kabbalists tracing their lineage to 15th Century Spain and before, explains that the Hebrew letters 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.
Avital says “The Hebrew Letters are considered the building blocks of the creation of the universe. Each letter stores and contains within it certain spiritual powers, and serves as a unique tool of practice and exploring ourselves and the universe in an unconventional way of learning how to learn, how to think, and how to be.”
Avital’s organization, Kabbalah Now, explains Kabbalah as “a practical system of exploration for those who sincerely wish to understand themselves and their source of being. It is an original source-knowledge which draws one to the essence of life. As part of the study, we each come to know our own unique direction and destiny in life, to fearlessly write one’s own script instead of reacting to external conditions, to go from chaos to order, from crooked to straight, from dischord to harmony, from vacantness to conscious awareness of this very precious moment which we have to be here on earth. Taught in an unconventional way, these seminars bring us not just to “talk about it” which is common, but to be and live profoundly the essence of life, which is rare indeed.”
Avital shared just a few of the meanings of the letter BEITH ( ב ) which will be explored in the upcoming workshop.
BEITH symbolizes the container archetype, the vessel, “the cup that contains the water”. The last seminar explored the Aleph (א), the source of life and creation. Aleph is the essential symbol of beginnings and the ultimate reality that cannot be talked about, timeless, space less and totally present and absent everywhere. Words cannot even begin to describe the innate power of this letter.
In the BEITH the container, all of the scattered energy of the ALEPH must be contained in order for LIFE TO BEGIN TO BE CREATED.
Both of these letters are contained in the first word and the first sentence of the Torah בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ which is usually translated as “In The Beginning God Created Heaven and Earth.” However, actually this represents a distorted meaning of these Hebrew letters themselves. In actuality, what is written here is NOT “In the Beginning”, it is NOT “God”, it is NOT “Heaven”, and it is NOT “Earth”.
This may seem a complete mystery, but for one whose intentions to learn, or rather to “contain these teachings” beyond one’s ego, it represents an amazing journey that allows one to find one’s purpose of being here at this very moment. As one learns gradually to understand profoundly what each letter means, one may deciper the Genesis of all “beginnings” of this universe that contains us all at this moment of our journey.
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