Kefitzat Haderech (Hebrew: קְפִיצַת הַדֶּרֶךְ, Modern Qəfiẓat haDéreḫ or Kfitzat haDérech Tiberian Qəp̄îṣáṯ hadDéreḵ) is a Jewish Kabbalic term that literally means “contracting the path.” The word kefatz has both the meaning “to shorten” as well as “to jump”. Kefitzat Haderech refers to miraculous travel between two distant places in a brief time. It is perhaps similar to the Lung-gom-pa magical travel in Tibet, and, like the Tibetan practice, involves the use of magical or divine names. The Talmud[1] lists three biblical stories in which this miracle occurs. In early stories of the Chasidic movement, wonder-working rabbis are ascribed the ability to reach destinations with unnatural speed.[2] The name Kwisatz Haderach from Frank Herbert’s Dune series, translated as “the Shortening of the Way”, is presumably derived from the term kefitzat haderech. The name Muad’Dib is, likewise, said to be the Fremen word for mouse, referring to that animal’s peculiar jumping motion.

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