Who wrote the anonymous rationalist debunking of kabbalah entitled Tohar HaYichud?

  • The site says the author is Anonymous. What more do you expect?
    – Double AA
    Dec 19, 2012 at 15:36
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    Because the author doesn't want his name publicized in connection with the pamphlet. Pretty much the only way to know who the author is, is to know him personally, and people who know him tend to respect him too much to go against his wishes (even if they happen to disagree with the argument that he makes in the pamphlet).
    – LazerA
    Dec 19, 2012 at 16:25
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    "Usually Yidden stand by their beliefs/word" — Not the Chinuch, or the Orchos Tzadikim, or the Kol Bo, etc.
    – b a
    Dec 20, 2012 at 1:54
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    @LazerA Gotcha! Now we know it isn't a woman! Only 50% of Jews left...
    – Double AA
    Dec 20, 2012 at 7:34
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    The question could have been a lot more clear. I did not know of the publication, when it was printed or what is was about. I was forced to read several comments and all I really know is that the subject is controversial. Can the question be edited to flesh this out a bit more? Feb 5, 2013 at 21:34

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I do not know who wrote Tohar HaYichud as it is written anonymously. However it is posted on the Mesora.org website which was founded by Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim and the board members are:

Rabbi Reuven Mann: Rabbi-Young Israel of Phoenix; Founder-Masoret Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women, New York

Rabbi Pinchas Rosenthal: Exec. Dir. -Manhattan Jewish Experience, New York Former Principal/Teacher-Torah Academy of Suffolk County, New York

Jessie Fischbein: Jewish Studies teacher/Author, “Infertility in the Bible”

Rivka Olenick: Editor

Jonathan Herman: Contributor

There is a question from a reader regarding Tohar HaYichud which was responded to by Rabbi Saul Zucker.

  • Why do you claim that the question regards the Tohar HaYichud?
    – mevaqesh
    Sep 1, 2017 at 1:19

Based on a post on this site, which lists these individuals as authors/contributors (but does not specify who wrote the aforementioned post, the content of Tohar HaYichud is a [summary] of Rabbi Yichya Kapach‘s case against the Zohar’s authenticity. I understand this does not mean Rabbi Kapach is the author per se.

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