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From: Jeffrey Smith 
Subject: Re: Abrahadabra
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 19:48:51 -0500 (EST)

Zack, could you provide the exact reference in Kaplan?  A cursory, and 
very tired, search did not pick it up.  [I work for a department store.  
Scrooge had a point.]

"Abracadabra" could involve the words for create and speech, although I 
would reverse the order you cite from Kaplan.  BaRA means create, DiBaR 
means speak; put in the first person, it could mean something like "As I 
create, so I speak" or "I create according to my words".  Ke (Coph-yod, 
gematria 30) means like, according to, etc, and is the particle which 
lies at the base of the syllable -ca- in abracadabra.  Abrahadabra 
replaces this with Heh--which, besides its various duties as an 
independent letter,  also serves as the definite article ("the").  It 
replaces similarity with identity.  ["What I create is what I speak".]
The mage who speaks abrahadabra is implying greater power in his acts.  
The difference is between someone who says, "I will write a book"--and 
then writes it; and someone who says "I write a book"--and by the act of 
speaking that sentence, brings the book itself into being.  Much more 
divine, and much more like the actual meaning of BaRA, which is reserved 
from Divine Creation. [Human acts of creation are normally referred to by 
the word YoTZeR, which is usually translated formation.  An artist 
yotzers his artwork, but God barahs the Universe.]

BTW, with a change of vowels, BRA means "to cut down a tree or trees".  I 
am too tired to apply that to the Tree of Life, but you are welcome to.
And DBR is the root of a complex of words meaning speech, word, and 
thing--recalling the idea that Divine Speech is the source of existence 
for each individual thing, and the whole series of ideas which revolve 
around Platonic Ideas and the Logos.  Which I am definitely too tired to 
follow up on tonight.

May the Divine Compassion be upon you and upon us all.
Jeffrey Smith

Political correctness is the antithesis of artistic enquiry.
    ---I. Stern

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