In Memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye Le-‘Ilui Nishmat Leah bat Tsiporah u-Reuven, hy”d In the summer of 2010, I visited my dear cousins Jordan and Debbie Alpert in their home in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California. There, I encountered a most unusual woman. She had come to the house to drop off a […]
Without doubt, the most widely known passage of Tikkunei Zohar, an early fourteenth-century composition, is the Introduction, “Patah Eliyahu” (“Elijah opened”). Its popularity is attested to by the fact that it is printed in numerous siddurim (prayer books) of the Sephardic and Hasidic communities, upon whose liturgy Kabbalah has had the most impact.
Prophecy is a sporadic incursion. (This applies to prophets throughout the ages, with the exception of Moses our Teacher, the Master of Prophets, peace be unto him.) At the time of its appearance, prophecy is revealed with all its spiritual might, so much that the fleshly senses and bodily functions are nullified. But with prophecy’s […]