I was wondering whether I could find a book which describes the stages of the seder hishtalshelus.

The Seder Hishtalshelus refers to the chain-like descent of spiritual worlds (Olam/Olamot) between God and Creation. It is part of Kabbalah.

  • There's a book by that name - seforimsets.com/index.php?route=product/… Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 15:08
  • Thank you, unfortunately there's no description in English, but I'll make a note of it. Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 15:12
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    I have a book, not found in Hebrewbooks, called "מפתחי חכמת הקבלה" written by a bochur killed in shoa, a short book, with great haskamot, which precisely addresses the hishtalshelut haolamot
    – kouty
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 19:21
  • @kouty sounds like a great answer. Want to post it as such?
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 5:43
  • @msh210 I don't posted it as answer because it is even nt a link, and further I soon that bianca freire looks for english texts. Thank you. But this book, and the history of the author to is very moving.
    – kouty
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 7:04

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There's a letter from the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe concerning the four world's (Atzilut, Beriah, Yitzira, and Asiyah) that described this process in detail. It has been translated as part of the Chassidic Heritage Series with copious footnotes and can be found here :http://store.kehotonline.com/mobile/prodinfo.asp?number=efr-four

I'm sure it's also available on Amazon.com


You could try Section 2, chapter 1, "How Providence Works" from Derekh Hashem, (The Way of God) by the Ramchal.


I recommend the Ramchal's 138 Openings of Wisdom and it's available online:



A basic understanding of "the chaining down"/histalshelut can be found in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's book called "Inner Space." Also neirot.com has Hebrew/English books. One in particular is "The Gate of Unity." The Rabbi M Miller's explanation ofTanya is also a great place to start "The Book of Inbetweeners." Happy adventures!

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