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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.
How the seventh Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, revealed the inner dimension in every area of Torah.
Tracing the evolution of Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought, how Zoharic thought is incorporated into Chassidic philosophy.
What can mysticism tell us about halacha?
To what extent is Jewish mysticism rooted in the Talmud? Examining the interplay between the mystical dimension of the Torah and the Halachic corpus.
How the Lubavitcher Rebbe approached the perceived conflict between Torah and evolutionary science.
Chabad's brand of contemplative prayer should not be thought of merely as a solitary spiritual exercise, but rather as an activity that can transform society and change the world.
When the Rebbe read my letter, he answered: “You should finish your doctorate.” “But there is so much ‘apikorsut’ (heresy) that I have to read and write about,” I protested. At that the Rebbe said, “You should write all the footnotes you need. And then” h...
The Baal Shem Tov's mystical ascent and encounter with Moshiach in 1746
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
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
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
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...
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