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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. 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

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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