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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.
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.
Three phases in the development of Chabad educational theory and philosophy
Everything Is Education
An overview of the theories of education articulated by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and of the educational philosophy of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, respectively the first, sixth and seventh rebbes of Chabad-L...
The roots of Chassidic mysticism (devekut) in the writings of Maimonides
How Did Maimonides Influence Chassidism?
Maimonides is often thought of as an ultra rationalist. But several scholars of chassidism have shown that his views on how a human being can become attached to G-d were a seminal influence in the development of chassidic thought and practice.
Merging intimacy and awe in the High Holiday prayers
Our Father, Our King
The High Holidays are often approached with fear, but a closer look reveals an inner core of divine intimacy along with human empowerment and illumination.
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