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comment Tikkun Olam source
1600-1800 is about 200 years. I used the number of the Breslov source.
Sep
22
comment Does one make Birkas Hatorah/Hashachar before alos hashachar?
Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum holds classes every week online from Jerusalem, and posts them on Youtube. He has a group of haverim who receive this via email. He usually discusses deeper meanings of the parsha every week. They are very approachable, so you might try directly from him. Here is his Youtube chanel, you could write him directly.youtube.com/user/rabbigreenbaum If you find out, let us know :)
Sep
21
comment Looking for more information about a story of positive atheism/heresy
Thinking about it, it's possible Rabbi Sacks is making a case to open the doors to atheists feel at home in Shul, as in other streams of Judaism. The stories are about the noble atheists, which is a friendly gesture on his part. Traditionally heretics were shunned. This story by a famous Rabbi lauding atheists represents a different approach from the past.
Sep
21
comment Looking for more information about a story of positive atheism/heresy
Tikkun is an important teaching in Judaism, and the Baal Shem Tov knew and taught that. Spiritual and physical repair of the world isn't something atheists and heretics hold near and dear, or "own". Some may, but this wouldn't be the function of heresy. So to imply Judaism needs atheists to point out something intrinsic to Torah would probably not be something the Baal Shem Tov would say. Hope that helped, if there a specific thing that is puzzling I could explain better, please ask again.
Sep
21
comment Looking for more information about a story of positive atheism/heresy
@Menachem I couldn't find that exact story either when I searched in that link. The point I was trying to make was there are 100s of stories attributed to him that he didn't write directly. Sorry if that lead you on about finding that exact story. I know I heard of it, and many other prophecies and miracles as well. That book was a bad example of 'famous Rabbi says something unconventional' because the stories in that link matched his writings, so I took it out.
Sep
20
comment Looking for more information about a story of positive atheism/heresy
It means 'repair'. The idea that is spoken of in the Aleynu that we do mitzvot and acts of kindness to serve G-d, which repairs the world "Tikkun Olam" in Hebrew. This prayer looks forward to the time when idolatry will be abolished, and the world is repaired. The aleynu is attributed to Joshua (who was not a heretic). Here is an article on tikkun from Aish: aish.com/atr/a/?category=Tikkun+Olam
Sep
20
comment Where do Ashrei's intro sentences in the liturgy before Psalm 145 (Ashrei) come from?
Thanks for the upvote and not redirecting me to Wikipedia. I did use a search engine to try find the answer, then ignored the Wiki and non-Jewish sites to find this one instead.
Sep
20
comment Where do Ashrei's intro sentences in the liturgy before Psalm 145 (Ashrei) come from?
Lots to think about and learn. The beginning of prayer is an interesting thought. It could be from what was in Tzelota D'Avraham as simple as they were always associated and said or sung together. Thank you, also for showing the page in the Chabad Siddur.
Sep
20
comment Where do Ashrei's intro sentences in the liturgy before Psalm 145 (Ashrei) come from?
Ofen they do, only not in this case. Minchah Ashrei is on page 356, and there are no footnotes on Ashrei in my Artscroll. Schakarit Ashrei is on page 246. no footnote. A number of liturgical texts are spoken about in Talmud, and given where they are from, but sometimes in the siddurim themselves and sometimes not it seems.
Sep
18
comment Where do Ashrei's intro sentences in the liturgy before Psalm 145 (Ashrei) come from?
What a stupid question then, except I don't believe Wikiipedia on things Jewish all the time, so I rarely even look.
Sep
18
comment Where do Ashrei's intro sentences in the liturgy before Psalm 145 (Ashrei) come from?
Thank you Isaac Moses. I think I did register today, even though I think I was also registered with Stack Exchange. It's a little confusing, but will keep trying til it 'takes.
Sep
18
comment Selah ~ Does it mean 'forever' 'certainly' 'basket' 'pause', 'yahoo', a kabbalistic meditative device, or none of the above?
Oh thank you! I was reading last night, after asking this question, Rabbi Aryeh mentioned David HaMelech's song referring to himself "My heart is hollow within me" (Tehilim 109:22) and indicated this meant that David had made himself a vessel for the Divine. The footnote to this statement is the Tanya, Avodah Zara 4 b, Likutey Amarim 1:1. So, thanks for validating that "basket" and "forever" could be connected in this way!