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Halichot Olam-Parashat Hayyei Sarah

For this week’s parashah the Ben Ish Ḥai continued his discussion about the laws of tefillin. (here) One issue that he addressed was on which hand a left-handed person should lay his tefillin. The accepted halakhah is that a person person who does everything with his left hand should lay tefillin on his right hand, […]

New Book: Jewish Customs of Kabbalistic Origin

Most research into the origins and development of Jewish customs is in Hebrew, including writings that discuss the influence of Kabbalah. Recently, Morris M. Faierstein has published Jewish Customs of Kabbalistic Origin, a book that makes discussion about the influence of Kabbalah on the development of Jewish customs accessible to the English reader. Jewish religious […]

Gershom Scholem Card Index of the Zohar

The NLI has posted online Gershom Scholem’s Card Index of the Zohar. The catalogue is not a book per se, but personal notes that Scholem took in anticipation of the future writing of a Zohar lexicon. The notes are in the form of white cards, which Scholem stored in impeccable order in a long narrow […]

The Origins of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Rabbi David Golinkin writes here about the origins of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot.

Rabbi Joseph Karo and the Kabbalah

At Text and Texture Rabbi Shlomo Brody has a very nice post about “Rabbi Joseph Karo’s Shulchan Aruch and Magid Mesharim.” (hat tip)

The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

My close friend Sharon Koren’s book, Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism, has been released. This book addresses a central question in the study of Jewish mysticism in the medieval and early modern periods: why are there no known female mystics in medieval Judaism, unlike contemporaneous movements in Christianity and Islam? Koren demonstrates that […]

Blame the Kabbalah

Ynet has an article (Hebrew) about Roni Weinstein’s new book, Shavru et ha-Keilim (“They Broke the Vessels”). Weinstein’s book is subtitled “The Kabbalah and Jewish Modernity.” In this book Weinstein claims that modern religious Judaism cannot be understand without reference to the Kabbalah. He is quoted as saying: The Kabbalah is like a bomb that […]

Agnon and the Messiah

Ynet has an article (Hebrew) about some new books about S.Y. Agnon. The article talks about Agnon’s relationship to Kabbalah, the Zohar, messianism, and also talks about the search for the authentic date of his birth and aliyah to Israel and why Agnon may have told people otherwise.

Arthur Green on Radical Judaism

Here you can find the audio of a talk that Arthur Green gave recently at the Shalom Hartman Institute about his book Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition. It is worth a listen.

The Study of Abraham Abulafia

Tomer Persico posts about the kabbalist Abraham Abulafia and Amnon Gross, a person who has devoted decades to publishing Abulafia’s writings from manuscripts. Gross’s blog can be found here, along with links to many of Abulafia’s writings in PDF.

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