Tag Archives: Kabbalists

How Different Were the Rambam and the Maharal

The Rambam (Maimonides) is known as the Paradigm of rationalistic Judaism. Whenever someone wants to show how rational Judaism is they often find themselves quoting the Rambam. On the other hand, the Maharal is the champion of the non-rationalistic (mystic) … Continue reading

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THE HOLY ARI. Shaar Hagilgulim(Gate of Reincarnations).

By Rabbi Yitzchak Luria as recorded by Rabbi Chaim Vital; translation from Sha’ar Hagilgulim by Yitzchok bar Chaim; commentary by Shabtai Teicher. The work, “Shaar HaGilgulim,” as the title reveals, is about the Torah concept of reincarnation. Based primarily on … Continue reading

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MAYANOT Vayigash(Genesis 44:18-47:27)by Rav Noson Weisz

…The beauty of the Jewish people emerges in the storm of exile. We bend in the face of new ideas and seem to be humbled but when the storm of the exile passes, there we are once again standing tall, … Continue reading

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Gog, Magog and MOSHIACH (left, right and middle lines)

by Rav Pinchas Winston. For millennia, Jews have eagerly anticipated the arrival of Moshiach. EXILE AND REDEMPTION The centrality of Moshiach and the belief in his eventual arrival is part-and-parcel of Jewish belief, as Maimonides emphasized in his classic “Thirteen … Continue reading

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NAHMANIDES on Torah, Gemara, Kabbalah

NAHMANIDES (Moses b. Nahman, also known as Nahamani and RaMBaN – an acronym of Rabbi Moses Ben Nahman; 1194–1270), Spanish rabbi and scholar and one of the leading authors of talmudic literature in the Middle Ages; philosopher, kabbalist, biblical exegete, … Continue reading

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RAMCHAL – DA’AT TEVUNOT-THE KNOWING HEART

Da’at Tevunot — The Knowing Heart Prologue translated and commented by Rav Yaakov Feldman 1. I dare say that there’s nothing we seriously misconstrue as much as we do G-d. We’re either too naןve about Him (i.e., picturing Him sitting in … Continue reading

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The Death of Haran. by Rav Zvi Belovski

Noach(Genesis 6:9-11:32) After the well-known stories of the Flood and the Tower of Babel, the sidrah concludes with a long genealogy. It traces human history from Noach and his family to Avraham Avinu ten generations later. We pick up the … Continue reading

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Rashbi and the Rainbow .by Rav Ari Kahn

Noach(Genesis 6:9-11:32)After the deluge Noah emerges from his craft. The world had been punished by the wrath of God. And now God speaks: And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, “And I, behold, I establish … Continue reading

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Tehillim.The Rhythm of the Heart

Chapter One By Rav Y Reuven Rubin There is an old nigun I often heard from the Bobover Rebbe, zt”l. Sung in Yiddish, it speaks of secrets true to our inner selves. The words set to the haunting tune are … Continue reading

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Mystical Concepts in Chassidism

This is a small but extremely powerful book – Mystical Concepts in Chassidism: An Introduction to Kabbalistic Concepts and Doctrines I found it very useful and would like to endorse it. There are not many books like these in English … Continue reading

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