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Tali Loewenthal

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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...
Charity as a redemptive and theurgic process
Tracing the history and significance of charity as a channel to influence a heavenly decree, examining Scriptural, Rabbinic, and Chassidic sources.
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
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
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...
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