|– This letter is a tsadik (also spelled tzadik, tsadi, tsade, or sade in English) - TSAH dee(k). *
· It is the first letter of the Hebrew word tselem, which means 'image'.
· Not only is this the first letter of the Hebrew word tselem, the shape of this letter represents human Wisdom and Understanding as they reflect G-d's Wisdom and Understanding.
· Human consciousness, from this Wisdom and Understanding, reflects how we are created in G-d's image – Tselem Elokim.
Tselem Elokim - TSEL em eh loh KEEM· (See a full explanation of how this letter is written in holy Hebrew on the previous page).
Tsadik is a composite letter
· This form of the letter tsadik is also called tsadik kefufa and, to review, consists of pieces from two different letters – a nun and a yod.
· The right part is a reversed yod with a square, bottom-right corner. The left part is a nun kefufa, which is even more curved than a nun normally is, and it has a wider bottom base than normal. The reversed yod rests on the back part of the nun.
· The left head of both a nun and a tsadik have three tagin, crown points, on them, like a regular nun. The two heads should not touch one another at all.
· The flow from above reaches a person from the right side – pictured as a yod,
from the left – pictured as a bent nun,
and from the center, a flow that collects between the yod and the nun. This is the abundant presence of the Divine.
· We have the responsibility to unite and fuse these flows into fully conscious knowledge of Wisdom and Understanding and into fully enlightened self-awareness and awareness of the Divine —
all of these entirely integrated into a unique personality.
· The fusion and union appear as the lower stem of the tsadik and as its floor.
'Mitzvah' is the Tree of Life
· Mem represents both the essence of the soul and the essence of its Wisdom.
· The crown points of the Tsadik conduct a natural flow from the letter Mem's open channel, which is directly above these crown points. This flow penetrates the Tsadik.
· This flow of natural Wisdom also drips into the well of the Tsadik.
· The thorn, at the upper-right corner of the Tsadik represents a flow from a "higher" source which bypasses the letter Mem altogether.
· The thorn and the crown points symbolize how this higher flow is channeled into the well of the Tsadik.
· Understanding derives from both natural Wisdom and the essence of Wisdom.
· Understanding gives birth to conscious emotions and feelings.
Mem is also a composite letter — from the letters Khaf (on the right) fused with Vav
· Insights into the Hebrew letter Mem
The union of the two Hebrew letters, yod and nun, also depict the union of a man and woman. In the Torah, the physical union is described as, "They became one flesh." The Torah refers to a permanent single flesh – a couple's offspring. The physical, bodily union is temporary and repeated. A couple's offspring create continuity – previous generations connected with future generations.