Alef Bet בא + Book of Creation, Speak it into existence! Sefer Yetzirah

The Hebrew letters are channels of Light, they are the building blocks of Creation, the Foundation of all things. Everything in the universe is created and animated using Hebrew letters. YHVH יהוה is the animating force of everything in the Universe. Torah and God are One, Trough Divine Speech, Creation sealed in Truth. From Nothingness did He make something, all forms of speech and every created thing, and from the empty void He made the universe, and from the non-existent, He brought forth Life. The Holy Spirit is His Voice and His Word in twenty-two letters. Speak it into existence!

In thirty-two wonderful paths of wisdom did Yah יהוה engrave his name, Who inhabits eternity. He created this universe by the three derivatives: Writing, Numbers, and Speech.

Ten are the numbers formed from nothing, as are the ineffable Sefirot (Emanations). Seen in the fingers of the hands 10+, over them is the Covenant of speech (מלכות Malkuth) revealing spiritual voice 1+, and feet 10+, and inbetween the rite of Circumcision (יסוד Yesod) 1=. 22 Twenty-Two Letters, are the foundation of all things.

Investigate these numbers, and draw knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Fix the design in its purity, and pass from it to its Creator seated on his throne (כתר Keter). These Ten Numbers, are beyond Ein Sof and have boundless realms, boundless origin and end, an abyss of good and one of evil, boundless height and depth, East and West, North and South, and only One God and King, faithful forever seated on His throne, shall rule over all, forever and ever.

These Ten Sefirot which are ineffable and infinite, have their end conjoined in their beginning. As is a flame to a burning coal, whose appearance is like scintillating flames. God is perfect in his unity and does not permit a second one. The word of God is in them as they burst forth, and as they return; they obey the divine command, rushing along as a whirlwind, returning to prostrate themselves at his throne. “The living creatures ran and returned, and on this wisdom was the covenant made with us.”

First, is the Holy Spirit of the Living God, more than blessed be the name of the Living Eternal God. The Holy Spirit is His Voice, His Spirit, and His Word.

Second, from the Spirit he made Air and formed for speech twenty-two letters, three are ‘mothers’, seven are ‘double’, and twelve are ‘simple’, but the spirit is first among these.

Third, Primitive Water. He also formed and designed from his Spirit, and from the void and formless made the earth, even as a rampart, or standing wall, and varied its surface even as the crossing of beams.

Fourth, from the Water, He designed Fire, and from it formed for himself a throne of honor, with Ofanim, Serafim, Holy Animals, and ministering Angels, and with these, he formed his dwelling, as is written, “Who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flaming fire.”

He selected three letters from the simple ones, and sealed them as forming his great Name, Yud, Hei, Vav, יהו and he sealed the universe in six directions (יסוד Yesod). Fifth, He looked above, and sealed the height, with Yud-Hei-Vav יהו. Sixth, He looked below, and sealed the deep, with Yud-Vav-Hei יוה. Seventh, He looked forward, and sealed the East, with Hei-Yud-Vavהיו. Eighth, He looked backward, and sealed the West, with Hei-Vav-Yud הוי. Ninth, He looked to the right, and sealed the South, with Vav-Yud-Hei ויה. Tenth, He looked to the left, and sealed the North, with Vav-Hei-Yud בראשיתוהי Bereshit “In the beginning” to have a beginning He “Created six” that is Bereshit, in order to have a beginning he created space and time, the heavens and the earth. בראשית contains the word Brit ברית (Circumcision) and אש Fire, a Covenant of Fire. The Covenant of the gates of Creation, Speech מלכות Malkuth and the Brit יסוד Yesod. Torah in our mouth and our Brit guarded.

These are the Ten Ineffable Existences, the Holy Spirit of the Living God, Air, Water, Fire, Height and Depth, East and West, South and North. The foundations are the twenty-two letters, three mothers, seven double, and twelve single letters.

Three mothers, namely Aleph, Mem, Shin, represent Air, Water, and Fire: Aleph mute as Water, Shin hissing as Fire, and Mem as air of a spiritual type, is as balance, standing erect between them and pointing out the equilibrium which exists, speaking.

He formed, weighed, transmuted, composed, and created with these twenty-two letters every living being, and every soul yet uncreated.

Twenty-two letters are formed by the voice, impressed on the air, and audibly uttered with פ five: in the throat as guttural sounds; in the palate as palatals; by the tongue as linguals; through the teeth as dentals; and by the lips as labial sounds.

These twenty-two letters, the foundations, He arranged as on a sphere, with two hundred and thirty-one modes. If the sphere is rotated forward, good is implied, if in a retrograde manner evil is intended.

For He indeed showed the mode of combination of the letters, each with each, Aleph with all, and all with Aleph. Thus in combining all together in pairs are produced these two hundred and thirty-one gates of knowledge. From Nothingness did He make something, and all forms of speech and every created thing, and from the empty void He made the solid earth, and from the non-existent He brought forth Life.

He hewed, as it were, immense columns or colossal pillars, out of the intangible air, and from the empty space. And this is the impress of the whole, twenty-one letters, all from one the Aleph.

The three mother letters Aleph, Mem, and Shin, their foundation is a pan of a scale of culpability and a pan of merit, and the tongue of decree decides between them.

The Three MothersAleph, Mem, Shin – a mighty mystery, most occult and most marvelous, sealed as with six rings, and from them proceed Fire, Water, and Air; these are subsequently differentiated into male and female. Three mothers – Aleph, Mem, Shin, their foundation. And from them were born fathers and all was created from them.

The three mother letters – Aleph, Mem, and Shin – are air, water, and fire in the world. Heaven is created from Fire (ש Shin in shamayim); the Earth from Water (מ Mem in mayim); and the Air ( א Aleph in ’avir) which decides between the fire and the water.

During the year, or in regards to time in general, these three mothers represent Hot, Cold, and Warm. The hot from the fire, the cold from the water, and the warm from the spiritual air, which again is an equalizer between them. These three mothers again represent in the Microcosm human form, male and female; the Head, the Belly, and the Chest. The head from the hot fire, the belly from cold water, and the chest from the warm air that lieth between them.

These three mothers He created, form, and design, and with the three mothers combine in the world, and in the year, and in Man, both male and female.

He caused א Aleph to reign in the Air, and crowned it, and combined one with the other, and with these He sealed the Air in the world, the warmth of the year, and the chest ( lungs) in man; the Male with Aleph-Mem-Shin, the Female with Aleph-Shin-Mem.

He caused מ Mem to predominate in Water, and crowned it, and combined it with others, and formed Earth in the world, cold in the year, and the belly in the soul, male and female, Male with Mem-Aleph-Shin and Female with Mem-Shin-Aleph.

He caused ש Shin to reign in Fire and crowned it, and He combined one with the other, and sealed them, as heaven in the universe, as heat in the year, and as the head of Man and Woman. [Male with Shin-Aleph-Mem and Female with Shin-Mem-Aleph.]

There were formed Seven double letters: Bet [b/v], Gimel [g/j], Dalet [d/dh], Kaph [k/kh], Pe [p/ph], Resh [r/rr], Tav [t/th], each has two voices, either aspirated or softened. These are the foundations of Life, Peace, Riches, Beauty or Reputation, Wisdom, Fruitfulness, and Power. These are double, because their opposites take part in life, opposed to Life is Death; to Peace, War; to Riches, Poverty; to Beauty or Reputation, Deformity or Disrepute; to Wisdom, Ignorance; to Fruitfulness, Sterility; to Power, Slavery. These seven double letters point out the dimensions, East, West, height, depth, North, South, with the Holy Temple in the middle, sustaining all things. These seven double letters He formed, designed, created, and combined into the Stars of the Universe, the days of the week, the orifices of perception in man; and from them he made seven heavens, and seven planets, all from nothingness, and, moreover, he has preferred and blessed the sacred heptad.

From two 2 letters, He composed two 2 dwellings; from three 3, six 6; from four 4, twenty-four 24; from five 5, one hundred and twenty 120; from six 6, seven hundred and twenty 720; from seven, five thousand and forty 5040; and from thence their numbers increase in a manner beyond counting; and are incomprehensible. These seven are Planets of the Universe, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars; the seven days of creation; and these an the seven gateways of a man, two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and a mouth, through which he perceives by his senses.

אָלֶף א

Alef, First of all letters and numbers, beginning of counting, everything starts with One 1. This is the impress of the whole, twenty-one letters, all from one the Aleph. Aleph with all letters, and all with Aleph. Only through א, is the Holy One, One. Union is actualized by א, One worth a thousand, One worth them All, YHVH upper YUD, Torah VUV, Human lower Yud. Upper Yud upper waters, waters of joy, Lower Yod lower waters, bitter waters, Vuv the firmament. The union of the higher reality to the lower reality trough the Torah. There is none other besides him ( Y+V+Y = 26 = Y+H+V+H). Strenght power and Leadership, Oxhead. Air is a Mother letter = א = Alef = 1 = Yud VuV Yud = 1000 Sound: silent Meaning: Master, teacher, and wondrous.

בית ב‬

Bet, the first letter of the Torah, and the number Two 2, for Written Torah and  Oral Torah. The letter ב‬ was chosen first from twenty-two to Begin Creation, Bereshit “In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth.” Two in One, Male and Female as One Home, in Wisdom and Understanding, as a Family. Bet is a Double letter B, V. Sound: B with a dagesh (dot) and V without a dagesh.

The final deed arose first in thought. My house will be called a House of Prayer for all peoples. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, desired a dwelling place in lower reality. They shall build me a Temple and I will dwell in them. Dwell in every Jew. Bet is numerically equal to the word “ta’avah,” which means “desire” or “passion”, a desire directly for God, to fill one’s soul. He will fulfill the passion of the tzadik.

הסד Chesed: He caused and produced Bet, predominant in wisdom, crowned, combined, and formed Saturn in the Universe, the first day of the week, and the right eye, of man:

גִּימֵל ג

Gimel a Vav with a Yud as a foot, is the Number Three 3. Symbolizes a rich man running after a poor man, the dalet, to give charity. Gimel is derived from the word gemul, and means giving of reward as well as punishment. In Torah giving of reward and punishment is for the rectification of the soul, the balance of air, water, and fire. Gimel is a Double letter G, J. Sound: G Meaning: Nourish, wean, camel, bridge.

גבורה Gevurah: Gimel, predominant in health, crowned, combined and formed Jupiter in the Universe, the second day of the week, and the left eye in man.

דָּלֶת ד

Dalet, means door, on solid ground. Malchut has nothing of her own, only that which it receives from the higher sefirot. Humble knowing everything is from God, possessing nothing of one’s own. Humility opens the door for God to dwell within. Dalet, like a man, bowed in humility. Dalet is the Number Four 4, and a Double letter D, DH. Sound: D Meaning: Poor, door, lift up.

תפארת Tiferet: Dalet, predominant in fertility, crowned, combined, and formed Mars in the Universe, the third day of the week, and the right ear in man.

הֵא ה

Hei is a Dalet with an unattached Yud. Hei is the Number Five 5. Expressing thought, intention, speech, and action. With the Letter, Hei God Created the physical world. The horizontal line is thought, the vertical line is speech, the unattached Yud is action. The gift is in the Yud in the action. Sound: H Meaning: Here is, behold, and to be disturbed.

וָו ו

Vav is “and”, a connection between two, “In the beginning God created the heavens and [Vav] the earth”. Vav is the Number Six 6. Vav appears at the beginning of the sixth word of the Torah as the 22nd letter, in the Six Days of Creation. The connection between soul and body, male and female, heaven and earth, past and future, repentance correcting the past in the future. To reconnect is to repent, turning sin into merit by using the transgression and separation as the motivating force to return to God with a greater passion and fervor than if he had never sinned. Vav drawing down light from the future into the past. Vav is an upright Man, Vav is the brit. Sound: V, OH and OO Meaning: Hook, in front of a word, transforms past into future or future to past

זַיִן ז

Zayin is a sword that cuts off from the mundane, for all Sevens are dear, perfection within nature. A woman of valor is the crown of her husband, Shabbat is the crown of the week. A Vav with a crown made of returning light going to the left in Awe and to the right in Love as the crown. Zayin, is the Number Seven 7. Sound: Z

חֵית ח

Chet is constructed by Vav and Zayin, creating the energy of hovering above nature and its limitations, touching yet not touching. “The spirit of God was hovering over the water”. Chet is life, the spirit of God the Life of all life. Chet is the Number Eight 8, going beyond nature to resurrect the dead. Father is Vav, Mother Zayin, God in-between. Circumcised on the eight redeemed for Life, a covenant of Eternal Life. Sound: KH

טֵית ט

Tet, modestly her goodness is hidden within, like nine months of pregnancy. Power to bring potential to actualization. There is no good other than Torah, everything is hidden in the Torah. Tet is the Number Nine 9. Sound: T

יוֹד י

Yud, is the Number Ten 10, Ten sefirot in everything, and Yud in every letter. Yud, beginning and end of all. One point, One God Who is indivisible. One flame soaring ever higher, the only hovering letter. The little point that holds Infinity. Yud the concentrated power of God, Vav the decent of that power and blessings into Dalet the physical world. Reveals the good hidden in the letter Tet. Yud is the Hand of God, with Ten Utterances God created the world. Black am I but beautiful, for there is no white inside this letter, as there is in other letters. I have no room to bring you in beneath My wings. You will not see me, you cannot see anything in Me since I am a tiny point. The World that is Coming is created by Yud, a river that issues from Eden to water the Garden called Vav that waters another Garden, which is Dalet, which is four. Sound: Y

כף ך כ

Kaf, is the number Twenty 20 the much revealed from a Yud. God continually making spiritual potential into actual, God creating the world continuously. The Palms of the Holy One, I have engraved you upon My Palms, where potential is actualized. Keter: Declaring the end at the beginning, wait and contemplate, creating from the Crown, and everything Encircles, becoming One with the power to rule.
Meaning: Palm, spoon, crown Sound: K with a dagesh and KH without a dagesh

נצח Netzach: Kaf, predominant in life, crowned, combined, and formed Sun in the Universe, the fourth day of the week, and the left ear of man.

Kaph is a Double letter K, KH.

לָמֶד ל

Lamed, a heart aspiring upwards understanding the knowledge of the mind. A Kaf reaching upward to a Yud, it’s sum equals Lamed and is the number Thirty 30. The only letter ascending above the line “A tower soaring in the air.” Learning Torah in order to teach, learning in order to do. It is a mitzvah to reveal the secrets of Torah. Sound: L Meaning:  Learn and teach.

מֵם ם מ

Mem is the number Forty 40, which represents a metamorphosis, transformation, and renewal. A mikveh has the ability to change an individual from a state of impurity to purity. Repentance transforms a person, once he has repented he is no longer the same person he was when he sinned, turning his sin into merit. The open mem represents the revealed Torah and the closed mem represents the Torah’s secrets, Zohar. There is no water but Torah, the only thing that will quench one’s thirst is Torah. When evil is transformed into good, and Satan is overcome Bet(Bereshit) becomes Mem, and the Holy One is One. Mem is a Mother letter. Sound: M Meaning:  Water and Mashiach.

נוּן ן נ

Nun, is the number Fifty 50. Bent Nun, a humble one nullified in the waters of Torah with Awe. Straight Nun, one who serves God out of Love standing straight in his presence, an extended vav descending below the line unbounded light above and below. One cannot see God, everything seems to be controlled by the laws of nature, this reality is a total deception. There are fifty levels of Binah, understanding. Fifty is required for true freedom, like the Jubilee or the counting of the Omer. Only through Torah can one attain true freedom, and escape the deceit. Sound: N Meaning: Deceit, kingship, fish, miscarriage, and miracle.

סָמֶך ס

Samech is a circle, representing infinity with no beginning or end, and the infinite power of Ein Sof, G‑d’s infinite light. Its end is wedged at its beginning. To continuously be aspirating to achieve higher and higher levels of God, with Awe, and Love. The state of being supported by God at all times, and using medicine as support. Six directions all around with ten sefirot, Samech is the number Sixty 60. Sound: S

עַיִן ע

Ayin is the number Seventy 70. Two eyes and the optic nerves entering the brain. A Vav(Torah) in a Nun(Humility), only the humble can acquire Torah. And the glory of God shall be revealed and all flesh shall see together that the mouth of God speaks, for God is our salvation, Written Torah. The Eye of God is on those who fear Him, the ever-open eye that is all right. Sound: silent

פה ף פ

Pey is the number Eighty 80. God is my mouthpiece. The power to create and complete the creation through speech. Union with God is achieved by speech, Oral Torah. Sound: P with a dagesh and F without a dagesh. Pey is a Double letter P, PH.

הוד Hod: Pey, predominant in power, crowned, combined, and formed Venus in the Universe, the fifth day of the week, and the right nostril in man.

צדי ץ צ

Tzadik, a yud on top of the letter nun, a divine intellect above the deceit, a Righteous one. With Godliness flowing from Yud, we can overcome the Nun. The straight Tzadik represents the baal teshuvah a master of repentance. Tzadik is the foundation of the world, Yesod. Tzadik is joined with Kuf, to pour down the light of mercy and sustain the existence of all that are below them. Kuf is the beginning of Malchut, thus Yesod and Malchut are forever joined. To hunt and eat in order to redeem and elevate the 288 fallen sparks of the breaking of the vessels. Tzadik is the number Ninety 90. Sound: TS

קוֹף ק

Kuf, is like Hei, but her feet descend into death, capturing Holy sparks in the kelipah, the reality of fallen sparks. The Kuf represents kelipah, unholiness, and the Hei holiness. The letter Kuf is a monkey a mimic, the vanity and false imitations of this world. To overcome the kelipah, one must be willing to serve God beyond the comfort zone and rationality, to transform folly into suprarational power. A Reish above with a zayin descending below the line on the left. Zayin and reish spell zar, foreign. Avoid all foreign to Torah, and be crowned in Torah, zayin and reish spell zeir, crown. The fallen holy sparks give Kuf great strength, so an individual who violates the Torah will be touched and surrounded by the kelipah. Zayin is being grasped in all worlds, permeating realms of reality, this enables touching and connection between souls. The soul opening to God, an eye of a needle. Kuf is the number One Hundred 100. Sound: K

רֵישׁ ר

One who is bent over; a poor person, and at times evil and far away from God. Resh, is like a Dalet, but it lacks a Yud, and with Yud He created the World to Come. Dalet is poor but, Resh is also spiritually poor. There is no poor person except one who is poor in the knowledge of God. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. Thinks and speaks evil, but with repentance can become the head. Resh is the Number Two Hundred 200. Sound: R Resh is a Double letter R, RR.

יסוד Yesod: Resh, predominant in peace, crowned, combined, and formed Mercury in the Universe, the sixth day of the week, and the left nostril in man.

שִׁין ש

Shin, a crown with three columns, Wisdom Understanding and application of Knowledge, thought speech and action. In the emotions, right is kindness, left is judgment, central is mercy. The dot above the Shin emphasizes one of these attributes. Chew life over with the strength of your teeth, break it up to its essence. This year, be steadfast in faith, change for the good, and return to God, He does not change. Three Vavs, each with a Yud on top, Shin is the Number Three Hundred 300. Sound: SH with a dot over the right side, and S with a dot over the left. Shin is a Mother letter, Fire

תו ת

Tav is the final letter and is perfection on all levels, thought, speech, and action, fulfilling the Torah from Aleph to Tav. Tav is a Dalet and a Nun: Dan means to Judge. Through humility, you get back to the Truth, God, you have Life and then Death. Tav the seal of Death, Mavet. Be humble before Him, He brings to life and puts to death, all in perfect Truth. He repays His enemies in their lifetime to make them perish. Those completely absorbed by the pursuit of self-indulgent pleasure, self-deceived (Nun), in the long run, suffering. Although this indulgent pleasure may initially seem glorious, it eventually leads to poverty. The Nun represents this self-deception and this temporary pleasure. He concealed Him­self within the laws of nature, with Torah and Mitzvot and self-refinement, the truth is revealed, and eternal pleasure. Judge your thoughts intentions speech and actions, before the Judge. Numerical value: 400 Sound: T with a dagesh and S without. Tav is a Double letter T, TH.

מלכות Malkuth: Tav, predominant in beauty, crowned, combined and formed Moon in the Universe, the seventh day in the week, and the mouth of man.

Two Letters produce two houses; three form six; four form twenty-four; five form one hundred and twenty; six form seven hundred and twenty; seven form five thousand and forty; and beyond this their numbers increase so that the mouth can hardly utter them, nor the ear hear the number of them. So now, behold the Stars of our World, the Planets which are Seven; the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. The Seven are also the Seven Days of Creation; and the Seven Gateways of the Soul of Man—the two eyes, the two ears, the mouth and the two nostrils. So with the Seven are formed the seven heavens, the seven earths, and the seven periods of time; and so has He preferred the number Seven above all things under His Heaven.

The simple letters are twelve, namely: Hei, Vav, Zayin, Chet, Tet, Yud, Lamed, Nun, Samech, Ayin, Tsade, and Quph; they represent the fundamental properties, sight, hearing, smell, speech, desire for food, the sexual appetite, movement, anger, mirth, thought, sleep, and work. These symbolize also twelve directions in space: northeast, southeast, the east above, the east below, the northwest, southwest, the west above, the west below, the upper south, the lower south, the upper north, the lower north. These diverge to all eternity, and an as the arms of the universe.

These twelve letters, he designed, formed, combined, weighed, and changed, and created with them the twelve divisions of the heavens namely, the zodiacal constellations, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve important organs of the frame of man, namely the right and left hands, the right and left feet, two kidneys, the liver, the gall, the spleen, the intestines, the gullet, and the stomach. God produced Hei, predominant in Speech, crowned, combined, and formed Aries in the world, Nisan in the year, and the right foot of man. God produced Vav, predominant in Mind, crowned, combined, and formed Taurus in the world, Yiar in the year, and the right kidney of man. God produced Zayin, predominant in movement, crowned, combined, and formed Gemini in the world, Sivan in the year, and the left foot of man. He produced Chet, predominant in Sight, crowned, combined, and formed Cancer in the world, Tammuz in the year, and the right hand of man. He produced Tet, predominant in Hearing, crowned, combined, and formed Leo in the world, Ab in the year, and the left kidney in man. He produced Yud, predominant in Labor, crowned, combined, and formed Virgo in the world, Elul in the year, and the left hand of man. He produced Lamed, predominant in sexual desire, crowned, combined, and formed Libra in the world, Tishrei in the year, and the gall in man. He produced Nun, predominant in smell, crowned, combined, and formed Scorpio in the world, Marchesvan in the year, and the intestines in man. He produced Samech, predominant in sleep, crowned, combined, and formed Sagittarius in the world, Kislev in the year, and the stomach of man. He produced Ayin, predominant in Anger, crowned, combined, and formed Capricornus in the world, Tebet in the year, and the liver in man. He produced Tsade, predominant in Taste, crowned, combined, and formed Aquarius in the world, Shevat in the year, and the gullet in man. He produced Quph, predominant in Mirth, crowned, combined, and formed Pisces in the world, Adar in the year, and the spleen in man.

Three ‘mothers’, seven ‘double’ and twelve ‘simple’, these are the twenty-two letters.

Yud-Hei-Vav-Hei יהוה, Tetragrammaton, that is our Lord of Hosts, exalted, and existed in the ages, whose Name is Holy, created three ‘fathers’, fire and spirit and water, progressing beyond them, seven heavens with their armies of angels; and twelve limits of the universe.

In proof of these things, and witnessing faithfully are the Universe, the Year of time, and Man himself, the Microcosm. He fixed these as testimonies of the Triad, the Heptad, and the Dodecad; the twelve constellations rulers of the world, the Dragon Tali which environs the universe, and the microcosm, man. The triad, fire, water, and air; the fire above, the water below, and the air in the midst. The proof of which is that air is a participator with both.

Tali, the Dragon, is above the Universe, as a king on his throne; the sphere in the year as a king in his State, the Heart of man as a king in warfare. And our God made the states of opposition, good and evil, good from the good, and evil from the evil. Happiness is reserved for the just, and misery for the wicked ones.

And out of the triad one stands apart; and in the heptad there are two triads, and one standing apart. The dodecad symbolizes war, the triad of amity, the triad of enmity, three which are life-giving, three which are death-dealing, and God, the faithful king, rules over all from the throne of his sanctity. One above three, three above seven, and seven above twelve, and all are linked together, and one with another.

After that our father Abraham had seen, and pondered over, investigated, and understood these things, he designed, engraved, and composed them, and received them into his power (hands). Then the Lord of all appeared unto him, made a covenant with him, and kissed his head, and naming him after his own name, called him his friend; and as it is written, completed a covenant with him and with his seed forever, who then believed on God יהוה, and it was assigned to him for righteousness.

God ordained a covenant between the toes of his feet, that of circumcision; and a covenant between the fingers of his hands, that of the Tongue. He bound the essences of the twenty-two letters on his tongue, and God disclosed to him the secrets of them. God has carried these through waters, He has borne them aloft through fire, and He has stamped them in the storms of the air; He has distributed them among the seven stars, and has assigned them to twelve celestial constellations. Amen.