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Moshe Halbertal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140910

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140910.001.0001

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Miracles and the Chain of Being

Miracles and the Chain of Being

(p.137) Chapter 4 Miracles and the Chain of Being

Moshe Halbertal

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the conception of the chain of being and primordial rupture that occurred within it reflects Nahmanides's conception of miracles, providence, and nature. It clarifies Nahmanides's theory of creation and how he envisions the chain of being in consonance with Neoplatonic tradition. The chapter discusses the sefirah of Hokhmah as the source of the entire world of sefirot and explains how the supernal Heaven and Earth were emanated from it within the sefirotic configuration. It looks at the way Nahmanides hints at the meaning of tohu and bohu in the configuration of the sefirot. It also highlights the sefirah of Binah as the hylic line that emerged from the sefirot of Keter and Hokhmah, which is symbolized by the word be-Reshit or the Beginning.

Keywords:   Nahmanides, miracles, providence, nature, Neoplatonic tradition, sefirah of Hokhmah, Keter, tohu, bohu

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