As a carpenter employs tools to build a home, so G-d utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the alef-beis, to form heaven and earth. In Letters of Light, the essence of these holy letters is explored, illustrating how the letters continue to be a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives.

Letters of Light

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As a carpenter employs tools to build a home, so G‑d utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the alef-beis, to form heaven and earth. These letters are the metaphorical wood, stone and nails, cornerposts and crossbeams of our earthly and spiritual existence.

In Letters of Light Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin explores the essence of these holy letters, illustrating how they continue to be a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives.

Alef—The Difference Between Exile and Redemption

Beis — Creation

Gimmel — Charity

Dalet — Passover

Hei — The Deed

Vav — Connection

Zayin — Shabbos, The Crown of Creation

Ches — Marriage

Tes — This Too Is for the Best

Yud — And the Tenth Shall Be Holy

Kaf — Kingship

Lamed — Teachers and Students

Mem — Metamorphosis


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About the Author
Rabbi Aaron Leib Raskin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the United Lubavitcher Yeshivah and graduated from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ in 1986. A Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, Rabbi Raskin helped found Congregation B'nai Avraham of Brooklyn Heights in 1988, of which he is the spiritual leader. His weekly classes have become popular with judges, lawyers, doctors and lay people throughout New York City. He is the author of over 180 audio tapes on a wide range of Jewish topics.

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Anonymous fla November 6, 2015

Harry handler joe handler ? Any relation susy handler ? Reply

Roberta Freeman October 19, 2015

Letter of life to my life Thank you so very much for your teaching on what make up the word of G-d. May G-d richly blessed you for your work. Reply

Rabbi Raskin Bklyn hts October 12, 2015

Rf You can email me directly
at Ravraskin @ gmail.com Reply

RF September 28, 2015

L Letter of life,mercy; Chaya Sara Seberbery; Thank you for your e-mail about my question of the Hebrew alphabet.How does the letter and which one make up the 15 step of mercy in the Talmud? It is so good to have someone to talk about these deep thing of G-d.I want to give but .not on line.could you please give me your mailing Thank ever so much. Reply

Anonymous September 20, 2015

Really enjoy the articles here, I have learned so much..

Much Blessings! Reply

suzy handler woodland hills, ca April 23, 2015

Letters of light was a beautiful and inspirational article. Thank you. Reply

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As a carpenter employs tools to build a home, so G-d utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, the alef-beis, to form heaven and earth. Letters of Light is a unique and insightful exposition of how the letters of the alef-beis continue to be a source of creation and inspiration.
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