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comment Why were there 8 kings of Edom?
@rikitikitembo referred to in kabbalistic literature. If you google the phrase ז' מלכין קדמאין דמיתו you'll get some sources if you want them.
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comment Why were there 8 kings of Edom?
The last king, Hadar, is not the same as the others: it is not mentioned that he died. Therefore, typically, this episode is referred to as the 7 primordial kings who died.
Sep
7
comment English Translation of Zohar online
The Jastrow dictionary is available here: tyndalearchive.com/TABS/Jastrow
Jul
28
comment Targum of Elokim
It is Adonai. The Targum means to distance people from the possible notion that there is multiplicity in God, so it chooses to use just one name, Adonai, wherever possible.
Jul
16
comment Why does the authorship of the Zohar matter?
I think the authority of the theosophic system is the main point. The energy expended on the question of attitude to the Zohar is not mainly about Halakha, it's about theology, about whether the ideas of the kabbalists about God, sefirot, the purpose of the mitzvot, etc., are legitimate/commendable/constructive or not.
Jun
27
comment What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?
gaagu, I said it literally means 'short-of-tolerance'--are you asking for something else?
Jun
27
comment Why was the statement of Ben Hei Hei added at the end of Pirkei Avos 5?
Ah okay, I didn't know. I see now that that was discussed in the linked question.
Jun
27
comment Why was the statement of Ben Hei Hei added at the end of Pirkei Avos 5?
What does this have to do with Ben Hei Hei? Isn't it a statement of יהודה בן תימא about what ages are appropriate for what kinds of learning?
Jun
25
comment Is Gideon's bible in my hotel room a problem?
Even if you did own the bible, in what way would that be a problem?
Jun
24
comment What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?
This is the page: hebrewbooks.org/…
Jun
24
comment What is the Zohar referring to when it speaks about 'Zer Anpin' (ז"א)?
Hi Yishai--you mean about the name Ze'eir in contrast to Arikh? I had in mind Kla"h Pithei Hokhmah of the Ramhal, פתח צב.
May
29
comment What's up with those “drushy” Rashis in Nasso
I think one factor that pushes a reader to seek extraordinary interpretations is the strangeness of having a block of text repeated over and over a dozen times (the offering of each of the nesi'im is exactly the same).
May
29
comment Resources to understand commentary in my tikkun korim
The introductions would explain how each is meant to be used... The main one, Shita Mekubetzet, is a set of little memorization tips which may or may not be helpful for keeping straight in your head places where trop is almost the same as a nearby passage but slightly diffferent, etc. It's not anything standard--just an idiosyncratic set of tips worked out by the author.
May
23
comment What's the exact procedure for using a key belt?
msh210, are there any situations in which a door could be a boundary between two reshuyot?
May
12
comment 12 hours to the day, 12 hours to the night
In one of ibn Ezra's books on astrology, sefer ha-ta'amim, he makes this point when explaining why the ecliptic is divided into 360 degrees--that the number was chosen because it allows for easy division.
May
7
comment Does a man with long-hair need to become a nazir
@ray, Yosef HaTzadik was "pretty" and spent time and effort מסלסל בשערו coifing his hair.
May
5
comment Is there a “peshat”-style commentary on Chaim Vital's Etz Chayim?
You could also try the commentaries on Otzrot Hayyim (which is made up of all the sections in Mahadura Tinyana of Etz Hayyim), for which there are several commentaries like that, including one by the author of Matok Mi-Dvash himself (his commentary on otzrot hayyim is also titled Matok Mi-dvash).
May
1
comment Using Christian theological texts for a Torah class
Re: Charles Koppleman's point-- The Rambam seems to take the opposite position: in the introduction to the Eight Chapters, he says he's going to refrain from 'mentioning the names of the authorities drawn upon' because some readers might not be open to teachings if they are said in the name of certain (presumably Greek or Muslim) authorities.
Apr
25
comment Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?
I think you could say that kri/ktiv is a feature (a rigid, fixed feature) of the text, like the dots and the trop. To me at least, it seems like these things are all preserved carefully and rigidly, and that that's an essential feature of the whole thing--and is different from how oral torah is learned. (But the issue of kri/ktiv is mysterious and I can't say I understand it.)
Apr
25
comment Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?
Why wouldn't the חכמים let the alternative ones stand, unless they were operating on the premise that 'fixed, finite text' is the way it has to be?