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The Maharal explains that the halachah is always the central point of all opinions that can be brought to bear on a subject. Therefore Torah lo bashamayim hi because the reasoning of shamayim is not relevant to determining the centrality of halachic opinion. Kaballah is the way things work, not the ratzon Hashem that acts upon those things. Things can work ...


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The Mishna (Chagigah 2:1 or 11b) indeed writes One may not expound the laws of forbidden sexual relations before three people, nor the account of Creation before two, nor the Divine Chariot before one, unless he is wise and understanding from his own knowledge. The Rambam writes that one should not study Kabbala before one has a very strong ...


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Kabbalists believe that kabbalah is maaseh merkavah, which per an injunction in Hagigah 2:1, should not be expounded in the presence of more than one person. This is anachronistic as kabbalah did not appear until many centuries later, and the Rambam previously defined maaseh merkavah as metaphysics in his Introduction to the Guide for the Perplexed where he ...


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In the Zohar in several places, blue (תכלת) is taken to be the attribute of divine severity or judgment, e.g.: זהר ויקרא רכו ב -- האי תכלת איהי דין This blue is severity. זהר שמות קמז א -- תכלת איהי תקיפא ולית מאן דשלטא עליה לחיין, דאיהי כרסייא דדינא לשריא ביה דינא תקיפא Blue is potent, and there is no one who can overcome it to attain ...


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thoughts of other people's minds can be revealed by divine inspiration (ruach hakodesh) such as by Rivka in Genesis 27:42 And Rebecca was told of the words of Esau, her elder son, and she sent and called Jacob, her younger son, and she said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau regrets [his relationship] to you [and wishes] to kill you Rashi ...


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Knowing what another person is thinking is one of the seven things that are hidden from people (Pesachim 54b). As a side point, it is told that the Noda Bihuda challenged the Ba'al Shem Tov to tell him what he was thinking about. The Ba'al Shem Tov replied "שויתי ה' לנגדי תמיד". The Noda Bihuda told him that that wasn't what he was thinking about. The ...



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