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Since the Maharal (born 1512) lived around the same time as the Arizal (born 1534), and it doesn't seem like they had any acquaintances.

  • Which sources did the Maharal utilize when learning Kabala?

  • What is the difference between his and the Arizal's Kabala?

  • What was the general philosophy of the Maharal's study of Kabala?

I am no expert in the Maharal's book. Even though I have studied them, I don't seem to understand any of his philosophies from them.

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I know I didn't phrase this question too well. If anyone has any suggestions please comment. –  Hacham Gabriel Jan 22 '12 at 5:26
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+1, but Chassidus isn't simplified Kabbalah!! –  Shmuel Brin Jan 22 '12 at 7:03
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@avi I don't know who would disparage the Arizal? –  Shmuel Brin Jan 22 '12 at 17:18
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@avi I don't think any sources that we consider to be authoritative disparage the Ari. –  Hacham Gabriel Jan 22 '12 at 18:54
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@HachamGabriel You are correct, they just ignore him completely. –  avi Jan 22 '12 at 18:59

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