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BH 15:7-19. CELD ID 21518
|Time, space, and consciousness|
Kabbalah and Hasidic philosophy describe two time dimensions: the time of the lower world and the time of the higher worlds. Lower time is symbolized by the new moon and the " years" in Pharoah's dreams as interpreted by Joseph. Higher time is symbolized by Shabbat and the "days" in the dreams of Pharoah's butler and baker as interpreted by Joseph. Lower time "flows," wit the past gone and the future yet to come. Higher time is eternal, with past, present, and future coexisting simultaneously. One aspect of the war of the Greeks against the Jews that ended in the Jewish victory celebrated in Hanukkah concerns the meaning of time. For the Greeks, time is a sequence of events, or its measurement. For the Jews, time is the injection of Divine Providence into space. Kabbalah and Hasidic philosophy teach us that time originates form two simultaneous rhythms: mati ve'lo mati, the movement of Divine energy from the higher to the lower realms; and ratso va-show, the movement of the soul from the lower to the higher realms.