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Uncertainty and Freewill

This Teaching is primarily from the writings of the great early 18th Century kabbalist - the Ramchal - Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.  First there are a few short passages from  Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) that introduce the topic of freewill.  The paragraphs in italilcs are mine:

Meditating on the Holy Name

This picture shows a woman sitting in meditation.  She is practicing an ancient Jewish meditative technique where one visualizes the four letters of the Holy Name of God (YHWH) in the mind’s eye.  This Name is the most important and powerful Name in the Kabbalah as its four letters represent all Ten Sefirot. 

Kabbalah In General

I live in a small town called Safed (or Tzfat, Zefat, Tsfat, etc.) in the upper Galilee, the northernmost part of Israel. Around twenty thousand people live in this ancient and historic town.  Safed is a quaint and beautiful mountain-town, with winding cobblestone alleys, panoramic views, and a sky that glows with the most incredible hues of blue just after the sun sets.