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Infinity Labs unveils The Otifier launching a whole new series to explore the mysteries of the Hebrew Alphabet--along with some real practical lessons.

The Otifier

The Otifier

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The Otifier

Infinity Labs unveils The Otifier launching a whole new series to explore the mysteries of the Hebrew Alphabet--along with some real practical lessons.
Aleph-Beit, Creation, Word; Words, Language

Sometime I muse that all the teachings of the Kabbalah are really nothing more than everything the Hebrew language contains inherently. This teaching about creation with words is a good example.

In English (and other languages), you have objects, material, physical, things, stuff. How do you say any of that in Biblical Hebrew? You don't. No word matches the meaning of any of those. When Jews wanted to translate the words of foreign philosophers into Hebrew, they had to abduct words meant for desires, clay and rain and twist their arms into becoming code words for Greek concepts.

In Hebrew, there is only the word. Davar (that's how you say word in Hebrew). Whatever exists is a word. If there's more than one, they are dvarim. The tree is a word, the earth is a word, the heavens are a word and you and I are words, too. So is running, eating, speaking and even being. Nothing is a thing, everything is a word.

Makes sense. After all, G_d said "Be light!" and light came into being. So what is light? Nothing more than G_d saying that light should be. And the same with every other creation: They are all words, Divine words. Not static things that are just here because they are here, but articulations of G_d speaking, telling a story about a world that exists only because He is telling a story about it

What is a word? It is a thought in crystal form. A person perceives the world a certain way, feels about it accordingly and articulates that in his thoughts. Then when he wants to communicate those thoughts to those outside of him, he condenses them into a stream of spoken droplets, or frozen crystals upon a page.

So, too, when the Great Isifier desires to create a world that would seem outside of Himself, He condenses His thoughts of this world into tight packets of creative energy, combining and mixing them to generate all that is.

(Hey, it's not much different than what's happening on this computer right now. Think about it: Everything you see and hear on this machine is generated by combinations of words in the programmer's code.)

Kabbalists know that the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet are hard-wired to those 22 articulations of energy that are sustaining the universe. They master ways to manipulate those letters in order to heal fractures and fissures in the cosmic whole. It's dangerous stuff, so these secrets are transmitted only orally. Some of it has been written down, but their true meaning can only be understood by someone who has received the tradition from a teacher.

Nevertheless, any child—or even an adult—that learns to read the Hebrew letters, and says the words of our Torah out loud with joy and with love, that child also brings light and healing into the universe. The same with our prayers, which were arranged by prophets and sages according to the hidden knowledge. In that way, everyone can be a Kabbalist, and the whole world can be healed.

Hold on. It will take us a while, but we're planning to bring you the whole set of 22 letters in episodes coming up.

Written and conceived by Tzvi Freeman. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.
Music by The Piamentas
Rabbi Infinity played by Andrew Torres
Animation and SFX by Pilar Newton of Pilar Toons
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rabbi hecht October 18, 2011

a joke how can i buy the odifier lol love it Reply

Anonymous Ashland June 30, 2010

Re: If? How about a dyslexic, Kabbalist, musician [: o Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman June 27, 2010

Re: What if? It's a fascinating idea. The letters manifest in these forms, but they are beyond space. After all, they generate and create space out of nothing. I'm lost already. We'll have to wait for the moshiach to explain this one. Or maybe some secret kabbalist working at the CERN lab. Reply

Anonymous Ashland, Oregon USA June 25, 2010

What if? Shalom Rabbi,
I have a question about the Alefbet. The letters are dimensional, right? They move and spin and have form. Letters were combined to purposely make mater and reality for perception? Maybe, when the world burst apart, the letters were tumbled. G-d’s creations returned intact. Can we learn to rewrite the human aspect of the now world in kindness, beauty and light?
Is it possible, to regroup Otiot add Tagim, Neukdot, and Taamim as need be? Then reconstructing a new, healed world through meditation, drawings, sculptures, even writing prayers. One example, could be, to turn Dalet around to harmonize with Gimel. creating ease in the positive, and balanced flow of Mitzvah. ? Reply

Anonymous Bonneylake, United States August 23, 2009

Feeling I am 38 years old and I watch kabbalahtoons this is great stuff people.I just need to learn One mode, yet trying to understand 22 of them.I do feel the vib's it shakes the learning right out of me. Reply

KEITH MARSH LONDON, ENGLAND August 19, 2009

kabbalahtoons I have not laughed so much with such excitement in a long time I needed it and my friend sent me so it will keep me going until my next dose,
PS I hope one cannot overdose on Kabbala Toons. if so what must one do ? Don't tell me - take more and invite more friends to have some too.
please keep them coming
sincerely Reply

Rabbi Infinity June 4, 2008

Re: comfort Hey, don't terrify those students! Here's the script, 'zakly as it was said:

"When the Great Isifier Of All Isness chose to isify a world out of absolutely nothing, He emanated 22 modes of light, mixing and matching those forces to get all the kinds of creations our world contains. Ever since, those 22 energy packets have been vibrating within every object and every event that’s ever been. Without them, nothing exists. In fact, if they would one day all return to their source, without even a zap, all of time and space would just be gone."

Basically, the same words as in Shaar Hayichud V'Ha-Emunah, chapter one.

As for history and its meaning--that's all in the letters themselves. In the world to come, we will see that meaning shine through into the artifacts the letters create. Reply

Chanah June 4, 2008

comfort? The world will revert to nothingness??
When I taught my students about G-d's words creating the world etc. they became terrified of everything ending. I told them that the point of this teaching is that it can happen, not that it will. But Rabbi Infinity said it will! Where's the joy, comfort and meaning in that? What will become of the world, its history, its accomplishments and its meaning? Reply

Melissa Greenville, SC June 3, 2008

I Love It! The Otifier! Can I take it home for a test drive? What a great idea for a cartoon!

I just read a popular account of quantum physics in the last two weeks called The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, Updated Edition by Lynne McTaggart. There were two or three points that I need to check out because they were not what I remembered learning, though I read quantum physics rather than taking a course and so may be incorrect or not remembering everything. And of course, the scientific account is not a complete account; it's just what is known now.

Anyway, on nearly every other page of the book I kept saying, "but this is Kabbalah!" And now we get the Otifier, the means by which the energy becomes the words, the text, and therefore something we can interact with. I am so excited about this new series! I want to use the Otifier, definitely. Thanks, Rabbi I! Reply

Rabbi Infinity June 3, 2008

For Don You got it! DId you see my post "The Challenge" above? Reply

Don Maumee, OH June 3, 2008

Even Rabbi's aren't perfect. :-) The חיה wild beast (chaya) is spelled backwards in this episode. :-) Awesome episode. My wife and I have been studying the mystical meanings of the Hebrew alephbet and love it! The deeper we go the deeper it gets! Barukh HaShem!!!
Todah Rabbah Rabbi Inifinity and keep up the good work!
Shalom Reply

eternal pupils :) Budapest June 3, 2008

How precisely and accurately! Many times it was possible to be in ulpan. There were many different attempts to present a material in an accessible kind.
i have never seen in my life such a style as here.

Without detailz: -"Zupa Gutt"! Reply

Rabbi Infinity June 2, 2008

Hey!...think of how the things you are seeing are representations of HIS condensed thought! Reply

Anonymous June 2, 2008

This is so amazing! I'm now thinking how the words I'm saying are representing my condensed tought. Reply

Rabbi Infinity June 2, 2008

The Challenge Try this one on your friends, family and pupils: Let's see who's the first to find the word that's spelled backwards.

Here's a list to help:
רקיע sky (ra-KEY-uh)
ים ocean (yam)
יבשה land (ya-BA-sha)
שמש sun (shemesh)
ירח moon (ya-RAY-ach)
כוכבים stars (ko-cha-VIM)
עץ tree (etz)
דשא grass (desheh)
דג fish (dag)
עוף bird (ohf)
חיה wild beast (chaya)
בהמה domesticated beast (be-HEH-ma) Reply

דניאל נאוו יארק September 13, 2017
in response to Rabbi Infinity:

חיה :) Reply

Roxanne (goy) June 1, 2008

Wonderful! Can't wait to see this series! Reply

Michal June 1, 2008

looking forward to the next lessons It is so interesting, that word and thing, both are called "davar". That suits exactly what you are explaining, Hashem said (diber) and it was, existed.
It fills me with awe, although I do not grasp it totally.
Thankyou, that you put your thoughts in Rabbi Infinitys mouth, and it makes me smile and wonder and think at the same time. Reply

menachem cylich melbourne, australia May 31, 2008

cool "where can you purchase one?" you ask.
go to your local beis medrash or Judaica store and grab a torah, a zohar, a siddur or any Torah source and expound on the great lessons in it,
and it all becomes so real because it is. Reply

Anonymous London, UK May 30, 2008

Amazing! I really am looking forward to the coming episodes - the Hebrew alefbet is fascinating! I love learning the language, and the more I learn and understand, the more its inherent holiness is revealed. I hope these next episodes will served to reveal to all the holiness of Hebrew. Reply

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