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Amazing website with exactly what you are looking for: http://www.vbm-torah.org/parshanut.html


And check what Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro explains over here: http://www.jewswithquestions.com/index.php?/topic/225-r-adin-steinsaltz/


The reason for the ban is discussed in detail here: http://www.yoel-ab.com/katava.asp?id=115


On p 510 of The Yizkor Book For Premishlan there is an article (mainly stories) in Yiddish about Rabbi Yitzhak Izaik ben Yaakov haLevi who came from a village near Premishlan called Zorovitz. There it describes that he lived his life as an unknown figure whose scholarship and piety were not known to the people around him. They thought of him as an oddball. ...


The sages are bemoaning ostentatious charlatans. Bear in mind the term Pharisee did not necessarily refer to a fellow sage. It was a whole movement. The hebrew word for it does translate to ascetic. King Yannai said it best to his wife after the gloss on 22b: Fear not the Pharisees and the non-Pharisees but the hypocrites who ape the Pharisees; because ...

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