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The Shela Hakadosh wrote a commentary on the Torah which has three parts. First is on the practical understanding, second is a Kabbalistic explanation, and third is Mussar. So we see that the Mussar approach doesn't contradict the Kabbalistic one. The Ramban as well gives multiple reasons for one Mitzvah.


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According to Dayan Grunfeld's lengthy introduction to Horeb (pp. cxx-cxxix), R' Hirsch's approach to mitzvos starts from notes in the margins of his Zohar. (I spoke to an eye-witness of those notes, who saw them when RSRH's Zohar was auctioned off in 2008.) The difference is that to Rav Hirsch, the Zohar speaks in metaphor, not of metaphysical ontologies. ...


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Kabbalistically, the levels of atzilus, beriah, yetzirah and asiyah exist in all levels of abi'a. I.e. there are levels even in asiyah that are impenetrable to us. So the Rambam is asiyah she'beasiyah looking towards atzilus she'beasiyah. Whereas kabbala is atzilus looking towards asiyah. Therefore they traverse different dimensions and are not ...


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Your conception, that the two schools of thought you enumerate (if you can call it that) are at odds with each other is not accurate. Both the written Torah and it's complete explanation, meaning all parts of the oral Torah, were given to Moshe at Sinai. In the Mechilta on Yitro, Rabbi Akiva says the entire Torah (everything that is contained in both the ...


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R Eliezer Melamed (Rosh Yeshiva in Har Bracha) writes that it is We have already learned that the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel does not involve only conquering it, but also requires the settling and developing of every part of it. The Ramban stresses this point that "We should not leave the Land under foreign rule or desolate, as it ...


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The gemara in Ketubot daf 111a learns it from the passuk in Isaiah (chapter 42, verse 5): ורוח להולכים בה א"ר ירמיה בר אבא א"ר יוחנן כל המהלך ארבע אמות בארץ ישראל מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא And spirit to them that walk therein [teaches], said R. Jeremiah b. Abba in the name of R. Johanan, that whoever walks four cubits in the Land of Israel is ...



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