Bridging the Kabbalistic Gap Nefesh HaTzimtzum by Avinoam Fraenkel Vol. 1: Rabbi Chaim Volozhin’s Nefesh HaChaim with Translation and Commentary Volume 2: Understanding Nefesh HaChaim through the Key Concept of Tzimtzum and Related Writings (Jerusalem: Urim, 2015) Reviewed by Bezalel Naor Recently there has been a spate of English translations of the classic of Mitnagdic […]
Four Liberating Strategies By Bezalel Naor In the non-Jewish world, the second of the Five Books of Moses is referred to as “Exodus.” Scholars tell us that this name derived once upon a time from Jewish sages; the Hebrew “Yetsi’at Mitsrayim” was translated into Greek: Exodus. The medieval Spanish commentator Nahmanides does in fact refer […]
Thoughts on Rav Kook’s 80th Yahrzeit, 3 Ellul 5775/August 17-18, 2015: Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935) served as the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Erets Israel. He was a preeminent Talmudist and Halachist, as well as mystic and poet. Revered as the seer of the rebirth of Israel in its land, Rav Kook had a […]
Israel’s Reaffirmation of Vows If one reads the narrative of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai purely through the Biblical lens, unaided by Rabbinic commentary, the acceptance of the Torah on the part of Israel appears to be totally volitional. The shorter version of Israel’s formal acceptance reads: “The entire people responded together […]
Ben Shanah Shaul
ra’ayonot ‘al ha-torah ve-ha-mo’adim,
hiddushim ‘al sha”s,
English subtitle: Saul Nyer Memorial Volume
Includes correspondence with Rabbi Shelomo Fisher, Jerusalem;
Dr. Israel Ziderman and Baruch Sterman, Jerusalem;
Rabbi Moshe Brown, New York; Rabbi Hershel Reichman, New York.
pp. 298, (6).
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Title: Hartsa’at ha-Teshuvah
Download the full PDF here: Hartza’as Hateshuva
Title: Be-Mayim ‘Azim Netivah
Year of Publication: 5748/1988
pp. (10), 147, (3).
Hasagot ha-Ra’avad le-Mishneh Torah
2nd revised edition, Jerusalem: Zur-Ot, 5745/1985
pp. 28, (2), 157, (3).
Haskamot of Rabbis Shelomo Fisher, Ovadyah Yosef, Jacob I. Ruderman.
Eshel Avraham: Berakhot, Sanhedrin
pp. 60, (4 facsimiles Ra’avad), (2).
Hagahot Nahmaniyot (supercommentary to Nahmanides on Pentateuch)
appended to Hasagot ha-Ra’avad le-Mishneh Torah
1st edition, Jerusalem: Zohar, 5744/1984
pp. (4), 12.
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Ba-Yam Derekh: Netivot ba-Talmud
In the Sea–A Way: Pathways in the Talmud
(Jerusalem: Zur-Ot, 5744/1983)
pp. (2), 16, 180, (2), viii.
Hebrew with 4-page English introduction.
Haskamot of Rabbis Jacob I. Ruderman, Ovadiah Yosef, Avraham Kahana-Shapira, She’ar Yashuv Cohen.
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In 1917, Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a surrealist writer living in Prague, published in Martin Buber’s Zionist journal, Der Jude, a short story entitled “Jackals and Arabs.” The plot of the story is rather simple; the meaning—like that of most of Kafka’s works—continues to mystify readers to this day. A European gentleman camped in the desert […]