Dear John,

I feel most at home in a list about our ignorance! Thank you and Bruno
for the warm welcome.

Regarding your question, the wonderful thing is that we both are
right. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 and 27 letters. There you are, an
example of the multiverse! Not either-or, but both-and!

The explanation is simple. The Hebrew alphabet is generally considered
to have 22 letters, all of them consonants. The reference to the 27
letters is due to the fact that 5 out of the 22 letters (Kaf, Mem,
Nun, Pey, Tzadi) are written differently when they find themselves at
the end of a word. We don't have this phenomenon in the Latin
alphabet, so for us it is rather unusual. Therefore, depending on how
you prefer to count the letters, there might be 22 and/or 27.

> Now I am ashamed for my 'giving in' to young-time ignorance and count on
> your remarks to make me change my opinion (what I do with pleasure any time
> when I learn something new).

I think that thanks to illustrious figures like Mrs. Maria Ciccone and
the like, Kabbalah has drawn the attention of the public as one more
weird cult in the new-age supermarket. Kabbalah is actually what we
could call Jewish mysticism (otherwise called prophecy by Jewish
sources) and as such it could be compared with Sufism in Islam. All
being said, the scholarly research of Kabbalah had been neglected by
scholars until relatively recent times but nowadays it is a thriving,
though quite young, field in academia. If this appeals to you, I
believe that the questions posed by the first hunters and gatherers
and the modern physicians are not that different. Kabbalah appeared in
medieval Spain and it owes its lexicon and cultural codes to its
historic and geographic setting, but if you break through the shell of
its circumstances I think -and this is why I am here- that Kabbalah
has something relevant to say to fields apparently so distant such as
literary criticism, physics and computer science. I want to make
clear, though, that this is not a particular characteristic of
Kabbalah. In the multiverse everything resonates. I just happened to
enter it through this gate.

Now let me go back to my thread of thought from my first post.
Hopefully this will be interesting for Bruno, as well.

I feel that when I try to understand the meaning of Abulafian letter
combinations I am groping in the dark.

Let me recall Bruno's sentence again: "Most mystics, including the
introspective universal machine, agree that God has simply no name at
all." I think there are different ways to look at this, but I will
limit myself to the three extreme possibilities. One of them is what
Bruno says, there is no Name of God. On the other extreme we could
have those who believe that God has one name, only one true name. The
idea seems logically consistent: One God, One Name. [For many Jews,
for instance, the disclosure of the Name of God -YHWH, the
Tetragrammaton- in the Torah is the climax of divine revelation.] If
Abulafia would think like this but discard YHWH as the true Name of
God, hence believing that the true Name of God is still hidden, then
his method could be understood as a way of cracking the Name of God
through the application of an algorithm. If my maths are right, given
that there are 22 Hebrew letters (I'll stay at 22 if you don't mind,
John) that means that there would be 2222 possible combinations, an
absurdly large number for a human intellect to combine (*). In this
case, the search of Abulafia for the true Name of God would be
hopeless, unless he would receive it by an act of grace (something
tantamount to cheating). I think, though, that there is a third
possibility much more interesting and promising than either “there is
no name” or “there is one name”. The other possibly, the boldest one,
is that the 2222 possible combinations, each and every one of them, is
a Name of God.

Now let's translate the “Name of God” to the language of our time.
What is the Name of God? Using Gematria we know that the Name of God
is a word but it is also a number. What we are looking for here is the
key number that will unlock the secrets of the multiverse. Pauli
thought it was 317. I think Pauli was right and so it is anyone who
says any random number. This is the meaning of understanding the 2222
possible combinations as Names of God. The circle closes: In the
multiverse everything resonates. I just happened to enter it through
this gate.

Yours truly,

R. Rabbit

(*) By the way, if you would put all these words in a book you would
have the Dictionary of Abulafia, the most authorized dictionary in my
opinion to check anything you would find in the Library of Babel.

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