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There are these statements, from Kehillas Yaakov, s.v. גרים: גרים הן מזיווג הנשמות בג״ע זוהר שלח...וגס מזיווג הצדיקים בחייהן אותו זיווג שאינו מוליד ממנו וולד אעפ״כ אינו לבטלה שנברא ממנו נשמת גרים "Gerim come from the union of souls in Gan Eden (Zohar, Shelach)...and also from the marital unions of tzaddikim during their lifetimes: their unions that ...


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I suspect that it's a result of standards changing over time and the R' Luria's popular title being nailed down before they changed. I seem to recall various sources referring to, e.g., the Rambam as "Rambamzal" or "Ram Bemazal." Perhaps back in the days of the Rambam's immediate successors, "Zal" was simply the popular suffix for deceased luminaries, and ...


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Pri Etz Chaim - Shaar Hanhaga Halimud And my teacher (the Arizal), of blessed memory, from his tremendous quickness and depth, would study a halacha (talmud) in 6 ways in the manner of pshat (simple meaning) corresponding to the 6 days of the week and afterward he would say the halacha in the manner of Sod (secret meaning) corresponding to Shabbat... I ...


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I think the commentary Beit Lehem Yehuda by Rabbi Yehudah Fetayah fits that description. The author says in the introduction that he wants to provide something like what Rashi provides for people learning Talmud. The commentary aims to be an aid to understanding the words of the text as directly as possible.


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The Arizal is brought by R' Chaim Vital in Pri Eitz Chaim (Shaar 22 Sif Zayin) and Shaar Hakavonos (Inyan Sefiras Haomer); see also Birkey Yosef (493:6) and Kaf HaChaim (:12). The reason is based on Kabbalah, and not related to the mourning of sefira, which is why it applies during the sheloshes yemei hagbala till Erev Shavuos, and according to most also on ...


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The source is Shaar HaKavvanot 86d: במ"ט ימים אלו של ימי העומר לא היה מורי האריז"ל מגלח ראשו אלא בערב שבועות ולא היה מגלח לא ביום ראש חודש אייר ולא ביום ל"ג בעומר בשום אופן. During the 49 days of the Omer my teacher the Arizal would not shave his head except on Erev Shavuot, he would not shave on Rosh Chodesh Iyyar and not on Lag B'Omer for ...


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Hokhmah Elohit is the term coined by translators like the ibn Tibbon's to translate the Arabic "al-'ilm al-ilaahiy", which, in turn, was coined by Arab translators from the Greek to translate Aristotle's term for metaphysics/theology. An 'elohi' is therefore a practitioner of metaphysics or theology. See Philosophical Terms in the Moreh Nebukim by Israel ...


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See here as a translation from the Arizal: Cain and Abel also damaged [reality]. [Not only Cain but also] Abel "gazed and damaged". According to the Sages, when Abel offered his sacrifice to G-d, he gazed upon the Divine Presence and therefore became incurred the death penalty (which is why it was divine providence that Cain killed him). Gazing upon ...


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First of all the source for this is in Nahar Shalom pg. 34 (140 new edition) by Rabbi Shalom Shaarbi. Also, just want to remind people that I don't want to get into Kabbala here which I always remind people is Asur (see Shut HaRashba 1:414, Yabia Omer 10:23, Yechawe Daat 4:47, Rama Y"D 246:6, Or LeSion Helek HaTorah, ch. 7 and more). The reason is because ...


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The source is Pri Eitz Chayim Sha'ar Hashabbos Chapter 3. (Quoted in Kaf Hachayim Siman 260 Sa'if Katan 4.)


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I think this is in regard to the teaching of the Ari, specifically, not Kabbalah in general. The Ari did not himself write down most of his teachings. Several of his disciples did so after his death. One of them was Rabbi Hayyim Vital, whose written versions of the teachings make up what are now generally known as Kitvey Ha-Ari. In the second preface of ...


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As others, I don't know what the Arizal is referring to. But Kli Yakar says that Kain was the first who made the sacrifice. Hevel envied him and made a sacrifice too. As a hint to this, he brings a posuk from Kohelet 4:4 וראיתי אני את כל עמל ואת כל כשרון המעשה כי היא קנאת איש מרעהו גם זה הבל ורעות רוח


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I am going to answer this question for kabbalah in general sense it answers most of what you ask about the Arizal as well. Typically there are two ways to deal with kabbalistic teachings: to accept them as divinely inspired or as definitely complimenting what is written in Torah shebichtav (Written Torah; Pentateuch) and to deny them as being fallible ...


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I don't know what the Arizal is referring to. However, the Chida (in his פני דוד) cites Chaim Abulafia's עץ חיים that הבל instigated the whole affair: אמרו ז״ל ויקם קין שביקש הבל להורגו ונתגבר קין וקם עליו והרגו ז"א אי הבל אחי־ היה לך להצי׳ עצמך בא׳ מאיבריו ואיך הרגתו השיב לא ידעתי כלו' לא יכילנא ליה השומר אחי וכי יכולתי לשמרו והרגתיו. ועוד תי׳ אנכי הוא ...


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I'm not sure the word means 'Godly' in the sense you are taking it. You seem to be taking in in the sense of 'the one similar to God,' while I think it might be meant to be taken as 'the God expert,' which would explain why the term is exclusively applied to him.



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