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Berit Menuchah

Berit Menuchah (Hebrew: ? ) (also Berit Menu?ah, Berith Menu?a, or Brit Menucha) is a practical Kabbalah work written in the 14th century, by Rabbi Abraham ben Isaac of Granada. It consists of a system of theurgy which uses secret names of God and his emanations for spiritual and magical purposes. An English translation thereof was published in 2007.

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The Berit Menu?ah focuses on a complex system describing the various hypostases of the divine world and God, and associating them with the vowel points (Nikudim) of the Hebrew language. Especially central is the role of the divine, angelic, and magical names associated with the various emanations described. They are often given magical uses, and the text often specifies whether the practitioner needs to be pure or not in order to use them. Some of the names are typical Kabbalistic names of God, but the majority are derived by Notarikon from biblical verses:

And it was discovered that the Malachim were created from the wind and the fine and enlightening air, and that the name of their origin ? was derived from the verse (Psalms 104:4): 'Who makest the winds thy messengers, fire and flame thy ministers' (.....) And when the lights reach this Sefira, they unite and receive a name that is derived from the central letters of the following verse (Genesis 6:2): 'The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose.' And this valiant name, which is drawn in the Gevura, is ?.[1]

Angels and their names also feature prominently in the text, and one section lists dozens of them and their areas of dominion, such as animals, trees, elements, etc.:

The angel (Rohiel) is in charge of the winds; he is the captain of three angels? , and ? (Uziel, Hezekiah and Azael). The angel (Gabriel) is in charge of the thunders. The angel (Nuriel) is in charge of the hailstones. The angel (Mktoniel?) is in charge of the rocks. The angel (Tlapial?) is in charge of the trees that bear fruits. The prince (S(h)ruel) is in charge of the fruitless trees. And the angel ? is in charge of human beings.[2]

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References

  1. ^ Brit Menucha - Covenant of Rest, Providence University Press 2007, pg. 133
  2. ^ Brit Menucha, pg. 188

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