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135) RADICAL THEOLOGY - RAV TZADOK HAKOHEN'S OUT OF THE BOX THINKING:
Burial site of Rav Tzadok HaKohen and R. Leibel Eiger. INTRODUCTION: About twenty-five years ago I was sitting and talking to R. Shlomo Carlebach - who for a so many from my generation had been a towering and influential figure – when I asked him: “R. Shlom...

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134) LETTERS FROM THE BAAL SHEM TOV IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME:
LETTERS FROM THE CHERSON GENIZA – TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH.  PART 5. INTRODUCTION: What follows is an English translation of some of the letters which were found in the Cherson Geniza in southern Ukraine around 1917. They are alleged to be copies of letters ...

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133) THE MAGIC OF KIDDUSH LEVANA:
Kiddush Levana,- painting by Waclaw Koniuszko in the National Museum in Warsaw INTRODUCTION: The blessing for the New Moon is recited anytime between the third (or seventh) day of the month [1] until the fifteenth of the month. This is known as Kiddush Leva...

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132) THREE INTERESTING HALACHIC INTERPRETATIONS:
INTRODUCTION: In this article, we are going to look at three well-known Halachic practices which many are familiar with – yet according to Peninei Halacha [1] , they have a very different and surprising Halachic outcome. I) CHECKING TEFILLIN TWICE IN SEVEN ...

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131) R. YEHUDAH LEIB PROSSNITZ - ANOTHER FALSE MESSIAH:
Prossnitz, Moravia - historic region of Czech Republic INTRODUCTION: In addition to Shabbatai Tzvi [1] (1626-1676), Jacob Frank (1726-1791) and Yehoshua Herschel Tzoref [2] (1623-1700), we still have other candidates for the Messiah: one of them being R. Ye...

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130) THE DANDERS OF TRANSLATING HEBREW TEXTS:
INTRODUCTION: In the early 1200’s, Nicholas Donin - a disenfranchised Jew who had been excommunicated by his former teacher R. Yechiel of Paris - became baptised and joined the Franciscan Order. Originally a Karaite Jew who only kept the written Torah and r...

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130) THE DANGERS OF TRANSLATING HEBREW TEXTS: INTRODUCTION: In the early 1200’s, Nicholas Donin - a disenfranchised Jew who had been excommunicated by his former teacher R. Yechiel of Paris - became baptised and joined the Franciscan Order. Originally a Kar...

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KOTZK BLOG 130) THE DANGERS OF TRANSLATING HEBREW TEXTS: INTRODUCTION: In the early 1200’s, Nicholas Donin - a disenfranchised Jew who had been excommunicated by his former teacher R. Yechiel of Paris - became baptised and joined the Franciscan Order. Origi...

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129) RATIONALISM, MYSTICISM AND NOW SUPERSTITION?
INTRODUCTION [1] : Do some of our common 'religious' practices today fall under the category of rationalism, mysticism or possibly just plain superstition? RAMBAM ON SUPERSTITION: Rambam writes: “ Anyone who whispers a charm over a wound and reads a verse f...

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SEFER HATZOREF - WERE THESE THE 'SECRET WRITINGS' WHICH HAD TO BE HIDDEN?
Ladino edition of Kav haYashar which quotes R. Yehoshua Herschel Tzoref. Constantinople 1823.                                                       INTRODUCTION: A book that has intrigued me for some time is Sefer haTzoref , by R. Yehoshua Herschel Tzoref (...
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