Random Quote #58 topic: hebraic, Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

Know thou that the 613 Precepts of the Law form a compact with the Holy
One--blessed be He!--and with Israel, as it is often explained in the
Zohar. It is written (Exod. iii. 15), "This is My name, and this is My
memorial." "My name," in the Hebrew characters, together with "Yeho,"
amounts numerically to 365; "Vah," together with "My memorial," amounts
to 248. Here we have the number 613 in the Holy One--blessed be He! The
soul is a portion of God from above, and this is mystically intimated by
the degrees of "breath, spirit, soul," the initial and final letters of
which amount to 613, while the middle letters of these amount to the
number of "Lord, Almighty, God." The soul of Moses our Rabbi--peace be
on him!--embraced all the souls of Israel; as it is said, Moses was
equivalent to all Israel. "Moses our Rabbi" amounts to 613; and "Lord
God of Israel" also amounts to 613.

THE KABBALA, _Kitzur Sh'lu_, p. 2, col. 2.


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