"The 'letters' of a Jew are the letters of Torah and t'filla (prayer). The Torah letters are the building blocks of the universe. Each of the twenty-two Hebrew letters is a channel connecting the Infinite with the finite. Each is a particular state of contraction of spiritual light and life force. The shape of each letter represents its individual form of transformation of energy into matter. This can best by understood by comparison to the phenomena of thought and speech in the soul. Every letter which emerges in thought and speech is drawn from the inner essence of the intelligence and emotions of the soul...."

--Yitzchak Ginsburgh, "I am asleep yet my heart is awake": a chassidic discourse. Jerusalem:Gal Einai, 1984, p.3 reprinted in AGADA 8, 1985.

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