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There are two kinds of beauty, one called Tiferet, the other called Hod:

Tiferet refers to beauty that we understand.

Hod refers to beauty that inspires awe, because understanding escapes us.

This itself is something of amazing beauty: That an idea can reach down and touch a mind that cannot understand it.

How is this possible? Because at the essence of all thought lies beauty and delight. Sometimes we grasp the beauty that we can understand. Sometimes we grasp the essence that cannot be understood.

Igrot Kodesh, vol. 2, pg. 301.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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September 10, 2014
I felt this hod when reading it.
Deep inside my body, not in my mind.
Very comforting to feel this power.
Thank you.
September 10, 2014
There is an old saying: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and another, Beauty is only skin deep. The beauty that is external delights our sense of being with astonishment as we gaze at the awesome wonder that delights our very being with it's splendor. However the beauty that is unseen but felt is a beauty of essence that delights our being with it's with it;s awesome splendor that inspires ( in some cases) to become better persons. For it drives us to see a deeper beauty we aspire to become.
Gavri Hanita Hazaka Abir Selek 2nd
September 10, 2014
This is excellent! Thank you so much for posting this and giving me something to think about today :)
September 10, 2014
what is the beauty that we see and understand, tifferet? and the one that escapes us but is stilll penetrating us, hod?

It is interesting to notice that children who have autism have an understanding of delight and beauty. Their understanding has taught me to is to be more sensative to motion and vibration in what i see and understand .
mbhd ma.