(Hebrew אישים) Literally, "men." Ishim אישים is a plural word that points at the human androgyne. Significantly, it is spelled with the three mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The word Ishim contains the three mother letters and two Iods, the two polarities of the fire which are also represented in יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, the sacred name of God, synthesized in the number 72, all of the powers of Shem Hamphorash written with 22 letters.

In Kabbalah, ishim is related with:

  1. Ishim is the name of Malkuth in the world of Yetzirah.

  2. Initiates in Malkuth (Assiah, the physical world) are Ishim.

  3. The androgynous man, the heavenly man, the self-realized Adam, is Ishim in Malkuth of the world of Yetzirah.

  4. The word אישים Ishim relates to the fires of the central column of the Tree of Life, which relates to our spinal column and to our three brains as follows: Aleph א is the intellectual brain, Shin ש is the emotional brain and Mem ם the motor, instinctual sexual brain. The two Iods י of the word belong to the two creative powers: the throat and the genitalia.

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