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atzilut

atzilut n. Hebrew (ah-tse-LOOT) The world of Divine emanations. According to Kabbalistic theory, atzilut is the first and highest of the four worlds of existence, which emerge from the Ein Sof’s infinite light and culminate in the physical universe. On this level, the light of the Ein Sof radiates and is still united with its …

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Amidah

Amidah n. Hebrew (ah-MEE-dah) Literally, “standing.” A silent or whispered prayer said while standing. The Amidah, considered the centerpiece of the synagogue service, is a plea to God to fulfill spiritual and physical needs, as well as those of the Land of Israel. It is said three times a day in synagogue, and in an …

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ANGER

ANGER Human anger.—Except by the stoical mind which finds no place for strong emotion in a moral scheme, anger has been recognized as a quality which, under certain conditions and within certain limits, may not only be permissible but commendable. Its ready abuse has, however, led to its being commonly placed among the evils of …

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ALEXANDRIA (Ἀλεξάνδρια)

ALEXANDRIA (Ἀλεξάνδρια) The city of Alexandria almost realized Alexander the Great’s dream of ‘a city surpassing anything previously existing’ (Plutarch, Alex. xxvi.). Planned by Dinocrates under the king’s supervision, and built on a neck of land two miles wide interposed between the Mediterranean Sea and Lake Mareotis (Mariut), about 14 miles from the Canopic mouth …

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ABOMINATION (βδέλυγμα)

ABOMINATION (βδέλυγμα) Like the word ‘taste’—originally a physical, then a mental term,—‘abomination’ denotes that for which God and His people have a violent distaste. It refers in the OT to the feeling: of repulsion against prohibited foods (Lv 11:10, Dt 14:3), then to everything connected with idolatry (Dt 7:25, Ro 2:22 [Gr.]).* Thence it acquires …

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Overcoming Spiritual Apathy “Causes and Tackle” (32)

Overcoming Spiritual Apathy “Causes and Tackle” (32) By: Servants at Godlovehostel for Expatriate Students Translated by: Beshoy Shokry   Preface The apathy in prayer is one of the serious wars in our spiritual path. Satan fights us with it in all the stages of our life, either at the beginning or after we have taken …

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The password for growth and continuity in the spiritual life (31)

The password for growth and continuity in the spiritual life By: Servants at Godlovehostel for Expatriate Students Translated by: Beshoy Shokry. Edition: 1st-2016. Deposit No: 7455/2016. I.S.B.N: 978-977-903-859-9.   I went to my father, to hear what he’s going to talk to me about this time. Because he promised me, he’d tell me the password …

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