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Dr. Tali Loewenthal was born in Haifa and studied Jewish History at University College of London, where he received a PhD on Chassidism. He currently directs the Chabad Research Unit, lectures in the University College on Jewish Spirituality, and he has authored “Communicating the Infinite, the emergence of the Habad School” and many scholarly and popular articles.
The Baal Shem Tov's mystical ascent and encounter with Moshiach in 1746
Rosh Hashanah and the Beginning of Chassidic History
Fascinating analysis of an account by the Baal Shem Tov of his ascent on-high, into the chamber of Moshiach.
Contextualizing and appraising a new documentary book on the Rebbe's early years
Conflicts of Knowledge in Rabbinic Biography
The perceived conflict between legitimate Torah knowledge and secular knowledge and culture has often figured as a point of controversy around the publication of biographies of rabbinic figures. Following the work of historian Prof. Immanuel Etkes, Dr. Na...
A chink in the wall of the Ghetto
A Chassidic Tract for Non-Jews
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's curious choice to print an obscure manuscript in the dark days following the Second World War.
Rabbi Moshe Chaim of Luzzatto and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi in comparative perspective
Competing Ideals of Ascent and Struggle
Less than a year before the passing of the former, in 1746, the latter was born. The most famous works of both of these greats have become the mainstay of contemporary Jewish spiritual movements, and there are many fascinating similarities and differences...
Charity as a redemptive and theurgic process
The Power of Charity
Tracing the history and significance of charity as a channel to influence a heavenly decree, examining Scriptural, Rabbinic, and Chassidic sources.
The Spiritual Significance of Chassidic Manuscripts
As well as a resource for knowledge and inspiration, manuscripts are points of connection between rebbe and chassid
The interplay of Halacha and Kabbalah in the thought of Rabbi Shimon
The Image of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
An exploration of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's halachik approach and how it mirrors his mystical outlook. Examples from the laws of Muktzah and intention in regards to work on Shabbos. Also exploring Aggadic passages of the Talmud about Rabbi Shimon.
An overview of the work Sefer Hachakirah
The Tzemach Tzedek and the Jewish Philosophic Tradition
A detailed look at Sefer Ha'chakirah, a book of philosophy by the third Chabad rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek. Examining how the Tzemach Tzedek uses his own ideas as well as the works of other Jewish philosophers such as Maimonides and Joseph Albo to prove div...
Why is Yom Kippur introduced with the annulment of vows?
The History and Meaning of Kol Nidrei
An exploration of the origins of this prayer; unpacking its legal and mystical dimensions.
Must one believe in creation ex nihilo?
Maimonides On Creation
A detailed look at Maimonides' approach to creation. Looking at the “Thirteen Principles of Faith”, the “Mishneh Torah” and the “Guide for the Perplexed”. How Maimonides revised his approach in the Thirteen Principles of Faith based on his later thought.
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