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The deep implications of this subject are discussed in Rabbi Gedaliah Aharon Koenig's Chayei Nefesh published in Tel Aviv, 1968, which has been reprinted as part of his collected letters: Shaarey Tzaddik. It is part of volume three. The image of a hand includes within it all the worlds and everything they contain, both spiritual and physical, from their ...


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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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After researching this more thoroughly I discovered that this topic was actually written about in Wikipedia entitled : "Four Holy Cities" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Holy_Cities It seems the association of elements has only been since 1516. In the bibliography from the Encyclopedia of Judaism. Macmillan. p. 768. : "Term applied to the Erets Israel ...


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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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This question has many possible answers. At different times in history, circumstances were different. And so the answer, depending on where you look could vary. But it seems most appropriate to offer the kabbalistic answer most appropriate for this time. This can be found from the Ba'al Shem Tov as written in Keter Shem Tov, page 3:3. It is preferred that ...



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