I once heard that Gershom Scholem's purported rescuing of the Zohar & other works of kabbalah from near extinction was seen as an institutionalized act of thievery by some frum who believed themselves to be the rightful inheritors of various manuscripts, with those who didn't migrate to the Holy Land effectively being divorced from original Sifrei Kodesh of their traditions, at least initially. Haredim are very diverse so I realize that there is no one answer on this, but I'm curious if there are any studies on ownership disputes apropos rabbinical manuscripts, which today often sell for top dollars by prestigious European auction houses, all while several dynasties trace may trace their lineages to the same masters (as is the case with HaGra, for example).

  • Would "rabbis" tag be appropriate?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Mar 31 at 21:23
  • My ancestors studied Zohar and Kitvei Ari in Poland
    – zunior
    Mar 31 at 22:04
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    It's an interesting question but I'm not sure it is on topic, as it seems it might be more historical.
    – N.T.
    Apr 1 at 5:12
  • Your title seems to ask about how the Haredi world received (or rejected) GS... normally I would take this to be a question about how his scholarship was/is related to by those more traditionally minded. Then the body of the two (very long) sentences seem to be primarily focused on the chain of ownership of various manuscripts that passed through his hands. These are two different queries. I find your intent confusing. Can you clarify please? Apr 2 at 15:57


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