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The first sefirah, Keter, describes the Divine superconscious Will that is beyond conscious intellect.
The next three sefirot (Chokhmah, Binah and Da'at) describe three levels of conscious Divine Intellect.
The seven subsequent sefirot (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malkuth) describe the primary and secondary conscious Divine Emotions.
Two sefirot (Binah and Malkuth) are feminine, as the female principle in Kabbalah describes a vessel that receives the outward male light, then inwardly nurtures and gives birth to lower sefirot.
The term sefirah thus has complex connotations within Kabbalah.
Underlying the structural purpose of each sefirah is a hidden motivational force which is understood best by comparison with a corresponding psychological state in human spiritual experience.
In Hasidic philosophy, which has sought to internalise the experience of Jewish mysticism into daily inspiration (devekut), this inner life of the sefirot is explored, and the role they play in man's service of God in this world.
The Ein Sof (lit: without end) is an important concept in Jewish Kabbalah.
Generally translated as ‘infinity’ and ‘endless,’ the Ein Sof represents the formless state of the universe before the self-materialization of God.