Maybe you think of action, emotion, thought, and spirit.
Maybe you associate the four worlds with the Tu BiShvat seder, which is often organized as a journey through the four worlds.
Maybe thanks to Tu BiShvat you associate the four worlds with the four seasons of the year, or with the four elements of earth, water, air, and fire.
Maybe you associate the four worlds with the four letters of God's holiest name, יהו׳׳ה.
Or maybe the phrase doesn't mean much to you, or leaves you confused.
The four worlds paradigm is core to Jewish renewal as I've experienced it over these last many years. For a while now I've been wanting to craft a short, (hopefully) clear explanation of the four worlds to share with y'all.
If you're familiar with the four worlds: does this description work for you?
If you're not familiar with the four worlds: does this description make sense to you?
If you have questions, we'd love to hear them. Let me know!
Related: A teaching from Joel Segel on equalizers of heart and soul, 2016