Jewish Meditation

The Three Faculties of ​ Jewish Meditation behind the​ Understanding of ​ Torah

In Hebrew,​ Jewish Meditation is​ ​ called hitbonenut or hisbonenus. Usually,​ these are most clearly explained in​ ​ the​ Hasidic and Kabbalistic texts. Hebrew pertains to​ ​ one of ​ the​ many dialects under the​ languages of ​ Canaanite. it ​ flourished as​ the​ Israel's spoken language between tenth century BCE and third or fourth CE (the Byzantine Period) upon the​ extinction of ​ several Canaanite dialects.

The term hisbonenus is​ ​ derived from Binah,​ a​ ​ Hebrew word which means understanding. This understanding is​ ​ based from analytical study involving any topics. in​ ​ general,​ hisbonenus is​ ​ referred to​ ​ as​ the​ Torah study under Kabbalah explanations for achieving a​ ​ greater appreciation and understanding of ​ God.

The primary Judaism document is​ ​ the​ Torah. Traditional rabbinic writings provided several ideas about the​ revelation of ​ the​ whole Torah. Many considered the​ event at Mount Sinai,​ when God revealed the​ Ten Commandments to​ ​ Moses as​ one of ​ the​ most significant revelatory event. the​ orthodox rabbis dated the​ revelation as​ 1280 BCE. Sources given by some rabbis stated that the​ whole Torah was all given at once during the​ revelation. the​ maximalist believed that the​ dictations not only include quotes which are appearing in​ ​ the​ texts,​ but also each word contained in​ ​ the​ texts itself,​ even the​ phrases and the​ revelation of ​ the​ death of ​ Moses.

Kabbalah transliterated as​ Qabalah,​ Kabbala,​ Cabala,​ or other related permutations means receiving of ​ a​ ​ particular tradition. it ​ interprets esoterically the​ Bible of ​ the​ Hebrew (Tanakh),​ aggadah and halakha (classical texts of ​ the​ Jews),​ and mitzvot (practices). Mystical doctrines are expressed in​ ​ connection with simultaneous transcendence and immanence of ​ God. This was the​ attempted declaration to​ ​ the​ old paradox that explains the​ Ultimate Being,​ in​ ​ which even the​ blind Isaac cannot conceive it ​ in​ ​ his thoughts,​ but he came to​ ​ be experienced and known by the​ people that He created.

The Kabbalah declares that each intellectual process should be incorporated with three faculties. it ​ includes Daas,​ Binah,​ and Chochma. Daas literally means knowledge. This pertains to​ ​ the​ ability of ​ the​ mind to​ ​ hold and focus its concentration on​ the​ Binah and Chochma. Chochma literally means wisdom. This is​ ​ the​ ability of ​ the​ mind to​ ​ create a​ ​ new point of ​ view in​ ​ a​ ​ concept which one didn't know before. Binah literally means understanding. This is​ ​ the​ ability of ​ the​ mind to​ ​ obtain a​ ​ new point of ​ view from Chochma and evaluate all its propositions and simplify the​ concepts to​ ​ be well understood.

It is​ ​ a​ ​ fact that hisbonenus referring to​ ​ Binah defines Jewish meditation to​ ​ distinguish it ​ from other meditation forms. the​ philosophy of ​ Hasidic and Kabbalah rejected the​ idea that any new point of ​ view doesn't necessarily come from a​ ​ mere concentration only. They also explained that although Daas is​ ​ an important part of ​ cognition,​ it's similar to​ ​ an empty container without the​ study,​ learning,​ and analysis coming from the​ power of ​ Binah. the​ Chassidic philosophy also stated that the​ new discovery or insight of ​ a​ ​ scientist (Chochma) is​ ​ the​ end result of ​ a​ ​ deep analysis and study of ​ his topics (Binah).

However,​ Chassidic masters revealed that deep concentration for a​ ​ longer period of ​ time sometimes devoid intellectual contents that can lead to​ ​ hallucinations,​ insanity,​ and sensory deprivation instead of ​ achieving spiritual enlightenment. the​ true enlightenment corresponds with Torah understandings specifically the​ Hasidic and Kabbalah philosophy explanations.

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