Tag Archives: Kabbalah-Hasidut

(Zohar Says) Burn Incense To Forge Bonds with Ein Sof (Coronavirus)

Reading around I learned something, this about the Zohar on the power of the Tabernacle-Temple incense and, today, regularly reciting the verses concerning it to stay the plague and all other demonic forces. The Zohar picks up its cue from … Continue reading

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New Perspectives in Study of Hasidism (Dartmouth)

 

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(Zohar) Snowy Thoughts (Shai Secunda)

נפקא מנה זוהמא בההוא חילא דתלגא במייא, ואקיש בה אשא תקיפא והוה בה פסולת ואתעבידת תהו, מדורא דזוהמא, קינא דפסולת. Through the potency of snow in water emerged slim. Blazing fire struck it, refuse came to be and chaos was … Continue reading

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Light Space (Proclus)

“Thus Proclus’s idea of a preternatural ‘light above the Empyrean’ enables us to draw on the panoply of properties of a natural phenomenon such as light whole not enclosing ourselves in a straitjacket of a reductive physics. The immateriality of … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Voice & Nocturnal Judaism (Victoria Hannah)

Victoria Hanna performed a piece at the Text Unbound: (Re-)Imagining the Talmud workshop at Bard College organized by Shai Secunda. Some of the performance was taken from Ani Yeshena (I Sleep), drawn from Song of Songs, which you can find … Continue reading

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(Poland) Kahal & Kabbalah (Ashkenaz)

Salo Baron makes a brief appearance in Gershon Hundert’s excellent historical study, Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity. Following Baron’s lead, Hundert’s thesis runs against the lachrymose versions of Jewish historiography as regards “the ghetto.” … Continue reading

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(Leviticus 11) Kashrus (Hertz Pentateuch)

The discussion about the dietary laws in the Hertz Pentateuch commentary has a few interesting things about it. There is the sociological assertion that kashrut has proved historically to be “an important factor in the preservation of the Jewish race.” … Continue reading

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