The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and according to Kabbalah everything has been created on a spiritual level by those 22 forces. But what exactly?

Some teachers say we've 22 chromosomes, but I don't agree, as we've 23 pairs of chromosomes (total of 46). So I can't see any other connections of 22 to the Universe (in terms of the forces or building blocks).

What is special in 22 (twenty two) or what's the deeper meaning of it?

Similar as we've 12 months based on the Moon's phases (12 lunar cycles in a solar year; twelve Shevatim) and we've 12 hours to the day, 12 hours to the night (based on different constellations of the sky), etc.

The topic was discussed at The Kabbalah Centre classes. Please check the podcast at around 16:05, 52:00 minutes (22 forces = 22 building blocks).

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/1140/…
    – Scimonster
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 14:44
  • @Cnsersmoit Dupe?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 14:45
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    Note that 22 pairs are equal pairs. One pair is the sex based determinant where the X and Y differ in order to produce a male with an XY pair and a female with an XX pair. Thus, we have 22 fundamental pairs and an additional specific pair. perhaps the 22 fundamental pairs are the "forces". Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 17:47
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    What's the difference between this question and that one? You haven't explained what a "universal force" is, so as far as I can tell, this question is just asking for things with the number 22 in them, but not even restricting those things to things related to Judaism.
    – Daniel
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 20:56
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    Try some of the things here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/22_(number) They are allegedly significant.
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 22:24

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There are 22 (proteinogenic) amino acids - "the building blocks of life". http://aminoacidstudies.org/#sthash.51ThyP74.dpuf

  • Good try, but the source is saying that there are over 200 different amino acids, however these 22 are the most well known, so it's not a fixed universal number, but rather agreed number on what the website is about (its scope). So I'm not sure if that counts.
    – kenorb
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 15:27
  • @kenorb if memoryserves, the 22 are the most well-known b/c they are the ones that are the "building blocks of life". the others are artificially created in labs.
    – Loewian
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 0:35

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