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

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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 '12 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 '12 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 '12 at 7:34
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    @TorahTruth I believe that it incorrect and spurious. If the author is an idol worshipper or a heretic the validity of his arguments can and should be challenged on this basis (otherwise it is hard to see why Orthodoxy ignores most of the field of academic Jewish study). In any case, my question is not to debate this issue, just to ascertain the identity of the author – user2110 Jan 3 '13 at 15:34
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    @nikmasi I also think you're conflating Torah learning with pesak, as the identity and qualifications of the speaker matter much more in the latter, while in the former "kabel ha-emet mimi she-amerah" would seem to be more important, especially where there's no a priori evidence of the author's personal disqualification. Finally, I think it's ironic to claim, in a forum that values contributions from pseudonymous authors such as yourself, that arguments favoring same in another medium are spurious. – Isaac Moses Jan 3 '13 at 15:47

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 '17 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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