Having mastered the building blocks of the alefbet--the vav and the yud--Miri discovers the secret of letter number one: The Alef. It's the secret of making one out of many.

The Aleph

The Aleph
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The Aleph

Having mastered the building blocks of the alefbet--the vav and the yud--Miri discovers the secret of letter number one: The Alef. It's the secret of making one out of many.
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Now you understand why we had to first learn the yud, then the vav, and only then look at the alef. As we go through the alefbet, you'll see that not only the alef, but every letter, is a composite of the vav and different forms of the yud.

The alef, however, tells it all. Hey, look at this: Every letter of the alefbet has a numerical value. The alef--you guessed it--is 1. It also has another numerical value, because you can spell it out: Alef (1), Lamed (30), Feh (80) spells Alef in Hebrew letters. Add those up and you get 111. All three bases loaded with ones.

That's because the alef isn't just about oneness, it's about creating oneness. When there is nothing else but one that's not the real oneness. The real oneness is when there is more than one--there are at least two--and yet both find a common essence and come together as one. Which means the first step is that there is only one; the second step is that there are two; and the third step is that there are two that become one. One above, one below and one together makes three ones.

Practically speaking: I'm here on planet earth thinking there's nothing else but me. The Infinite Light (as we Kabbalists like to call Him) looks upon the whole scene and sees there is nothing else but Him. But then I realize, hey that's ridiculous, I didn't make this place, there must be someone way bigger than me behind all this. So I reach up to Him. Which was just what He was waiting for so that He could reach down to me. And so we are two that become one.

Now, you're asking, "How on earth does a meat and bones human being reach up to the Infinite Light?" The answer is that the Infinite Light set things up so that we have a whole repertoire of mitzvahs and beautiful deeds for connecting with. They look small and innocent enough, but in fact, they are all really trigger-points to elicit response from Above. He says, "Reach up to me by doing these things, and I will reach down to you in a similar way. Make light with a candle for Shabbat, and I will shine into your home. Give a coin to those in need, and I will give you life and the things you need. Put a mezuzah on your door, and I will protect you in all you do. Wrap these leather boxes with scrolls to connect your mind and heart, and I will focus my supernal mind and heart on you and your world. Turn to me in love, and I will mirror that love back to you--only that it will be in my infinitely unbounded terms."

That also explains Miri's puzzle: Why is it that the lower yud reaches high up, while the higher yud reaches way down? Well, it's because the higher I reach up to Him, the further down He reaches to me. To make the worlds of the angels one with the Infinite Light, you don't have to reach so high. But to take all the stuff of this everyday world of ours and make it one with Him, for that you have to reach very high indeed. Which is just what the ancient Book of Formation teaches: The lowest is connected to the highest and the highest is connected to the lowest.

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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Anonymous October 9, 2015

so simple yet so brilliant. thanks rabbi Reply

Kathleen (Katie Jane) Long Howard, Pa. 16841 November 27, 2012

Mr. Leon Anderson Jr. via chabadnm.org October 16, 2010

Just like Miri! I think that I will never grow-up, if growing up means that I lose the eagerness and joy of always wanting to learn and hopefully become wiser. I wake up now more often, immediately reaching and needing wisdom. Truly enjoyable! Reply

David Bowman June 2, 2009

What She Is Saying It sounds like "How-de-do-de" which is a cute way of saying "How are you doing?"

Since they are shaking hands in the end it makes sense to me.

Thank you very much Rabbi Infinity for the lessons.

ffdyhdyhfjh March 15, 2009

what does she say at the end? Reply

Anonymous Sandown I.W, Hampshire August 27, 2008

alefbet thanks for making the alefbet dance and sing to me. I am ready to fly. Learning is a joy. Shalom to you Reply

Rabbi Infinity August 6, 2008

Re: Backwards Aleph We need a little patience with Pilar, the animator. She's just learning Hebrew as she animates me and Miri. Reply

Eli Canter August 5, 2008

the door of heaven Aww spectacular, I am so very touched. I wish you much success in all your endevours. Thank you for bringing me to the realization that the door of the heavens are always open for childrens prayers. I thirst for more knowlage that will bring the light of kabalah shining into my eyes. I would like to say thank you again from the depths of my mouth for the words of insight. Reply

Anonymous August 4, 2008

Backwards Aleph My kids and myself love the show. We were wondering why the aleph is backward on Rabbi Infinity's belt in many episodes?? Reply

Anonymous August 4, 2008

Amazing, I feel like crying... Reply

anonymous August 3, 2008

actually actually the original Alef had somewhat of a different look from the one today
on : wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_alphabet

there is a chart with the original and current letters of the Alef-Bet.

this is still not an answer for your question and i wonder if anyone has one...we'll see...

sara applebloom ny, ny via chabaduw.com August 2, 2008

question how come the yuds are connected to the middle of the vov not the top and bottom? Reply

Rachel Klnger Azulay Rio de Janeiro, Brasil August 11, 2008

on aleph In a delicate form, so much was delivered.

Anonymous July 30, 2008

Connection I love this one too! The addition of Miri has made the whole show better, and it was great before.

This explains something in my meditation experience. Some of the "experts" have suggested that people should begin meditating by focusing on the malchut and working up the tree of sefirot--but my meditation experience always begins at the keter and works its way down, whatever my intentions might be. Reply

mish July 29, 2008

Fantastic!!

Molly Resnick New York, NY July 29, 2008

"Aleph" gets an A Plus Simply wonderful! Reply

Jen Buschel Newtown,Bucks County, Pa July 28, 2008

Your never to old to learn Regardless of your age or experience ther e exists many ways to view the world and its purpose for creaton. This is very insightful and full of meaning
Thank you for enriching my life and sharing Reply

Racheli Woodmere, NY July 28, 2008

the next letter I bet it will be a Bet Reply

Tali Pesatty Aventura, fL July 28, 2008

I absolutely loved it Being a Bal Shuva and not knowing the alephe bet very well, this is the most amazing way to learn. I think all children even those that come from religious backrounds can benefit from such an amazing way of learning the aleph bet.