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2 years, 4 months ago
It specifically touches on Gold, Silver, and Copper and relates each to various concepts of holiness and spiritual qualities and the soul and so on. I found an article on Chabad which got into some spiritual ideas around metals.
It was an interesting read and I haven't heard of metals spoken about and related to spiritual philosophy in such a way. I was curious if there are any books or writings or philosophies which codify and organize these or similar ideas about elements?
Things of this nature
Jan 4, 2021 at 13:50
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You would probably enjoy looking through
Midrash Talpiot on the section dealing with all the various stones, both precious and otherwise. It has extensive discussion of precisely what you are requesting with a listing of where each subject is found in Torah literature.
wood (עץ) generally, Sefer Kehillat Yaacov should be looked at. Some specific metals are also listed in this excellent reference and don't forget to look at the Omissions (השמטות) pages too when checking there.
A similar and earlier reference work to check into is
Sefer Ma'orot Natan.
Feb 4, 2021 at 18:32
Yaacov Deane Yaacov Deane
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Rav S. R. Hirsch writes on this, see his essay on the Mishkan in "Jewish Symbolism" (Collected Writings vol. III).
Jan 5, 2021 at 10:16
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