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The second half of the last millennium (1500 until today) saw still newer developments in Halachah, as well as in other fields of literacy. How do these major literary trends (such as Chassidism) define Judaism today and into the future?
The role of G-d in our social interactions
Rather than thinking of the religious and social as belonging to two distinct realms, chassidism posits a more complex interrelational model that encompasses the entire cosmos, and in which G-d too is a responsive participant.
Farbreng, Episode 12
A parable of an ill prince is given to explain the need to reveal the inner dimension of Torah, known as the Kabbalah, to make it accessible to the masses. (From “Messages”—Season 2, Episode 12)
After the Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai committed the Zohar to writing, he was informed by Heaven: “With this book of yours the Jewish people will be sustained.”
Why were chasidic teachings widely revealed only in later generations?
The mystical secrets of Torah were always studied by the Jewish people, but during most of Jewish history they were guarded and only accessible to a scholarly elite. In later generations these teachings were disseminated to a wider extent, but even then, ...
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