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A carpenter employs tools to build a home, so G-d utilized the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the alef-beis, to form heaven and earth. These letters are the metaphorical wood, stone and nails, corner posts and crossbeams of our earthly and spiritual existence.
In Letters of Light, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin explores the essence of these holy letters, illustrating how they continue to be a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives.
Each letter is examined in terms of its design, its gematria (numerical value) and its Hebrew meaning. Rabbi Raskin's insights are themselves guided by the rich foundation of Chassidic philosophy and particularly by the illuminations of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. The result is a unique and insightful exposition of how the twenty-two letters of the alef-beis can provide wisdom and guidance for every aspect of our lives.