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Dr. Israel Sandman is a Fellow at University College London’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. His areas of research include medieval Jewish thought and medieval Hebrew manuscripts.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Valorization of the Feminine
The masculine and the feminine in Chabad thought, based on two discourses given by the seventh Chabad Rebbe in the winter of 1965.
The lunar calendar and the Talmud
Talmudic Astronomy
Expert on Medieval Hebrew manuscripts, Dr. Israel Sandman examines an obscure and cryptic passage of Talmud in light of a manuscript of 'Yesod Olam' by thirteenth century Jewish scholar and astronomer Isaac Israeli.
Monism in the thought of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
The Single Reality of G-d
Divine monism and creation: the paradox of otherness, human existence, and freedom of choice.
A view from the manuscripts
Before the Ghettos: Jewish Intellectual Life in Medieval Italy
The fascinating world of medieval Hebrew manuscripts and what they tell us about intellectual life and culture in Italy and beyond.
Two processes of personal worship that integrates G-d in the lowly world
Nurturing Your Divine Spark
G-d has an inner longing to be made at home in the lowest levels of existence. It is the mission of man to achieve this through two complementary processes of personal worship, first drawing inspiration from above, and secondly raising the world up from b...
Jewish approaches to asceticism from the Mishnah to Chassidic teachings
Does Being Spiritual Mean Rejecting Our Bodies?
Some Jewish commentators saw the conflict between body and soul as insurmountable, others saw it as non-existent, yet others saw it as an opportunity for a step by step process of mystical synthesis
A classic example of the Tzemach Tzedek’s synthetic approach to Kabbalah and Jewish thought
Three Understandings of the Sefirot
In the classic discourse known as "Derush Shalosh Shitot" the Tzemach Tzedek synthesizes three different interpretations of the sefirot and their relationship to the divine essence, as quoted in the thought of Rabbi Shneur Zalman: The sefirot as tools, as...
Four soul stages in our journey to the divine
Reaching for the Divine
The constant struggle to attain a deeper connection to G-d. Tracing the Kabbalistic dimensions of these stages and how they correspond to various aspects of our religious experience. (Based on a discourse of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.)
Analyzing and interpreting four Chassidic texts on the High Holidays
The High Holidays as a Mystical Journey
A description of the Kabbalistic and Chassidic dimensions of the High Holidays, and how they carry through into the holiday of Sukkot.
What did medieval Jewish philosophers think about G-d and the nature of existence?
G-d and the Cosmos in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
How Jewish thinkers, including Maimonides, Josef Albo and Chasdai Crescas, related to the Greek philosophical tradition on theological and cosmological topics, and articulated a path to a personal relationship with G-d.
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