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What happens when we sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah? A comparison between the shofar sounded on Rosh Hashanah and the shofar of the Messiah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe's interpretation of an enigmatic passage from Isaiah.
A case study of how the close analysis of manuscripts yields new insights into the intellectual, social and cultural history of Chabad.
How a Tsarist ban on Hasidic books encouraged a boom in the dissemination of handwritten texts. Insights from a Hasidic manuscript collection in the Moses Gaster Collection of the John Rylands Library.
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
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
Divine monism and creation: the paradox of otherness, human existence, and freedom of choice.
A view from the manuscripts
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
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
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
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...
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