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The Epistemic Ramchal v. Maharal Debate - Does the Opposite of a Thing Define it?

The Maharal writes in Chapter One of Netzach Yisrael: Chapter 1 כאשר הדבר הטוב נודע מהפכו ידיעה אמיתית, וכן כל הדברים נקנה הידיעה בהם מן ההפך, כי מן מראה השחור יכול לדעת מראה הלבן שהוא הפכו, וכן כל ...
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Moshiach will be groomed in Arabia

The Maharal of Prague, in his sefer Netzach Yisrael (26:12) writes (quoted by Rabbi Yitzchok Sorotzkin in sefer Keitz HaYamin, Vol. 1, p. 14): ולכך המשיח גדל בבירת ערבא - Moshiach will grow up [be ...
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Angel with 2 missions?

Regarding the angel that Yaacov wrestled, Radak on Bereshit 32:26 says that Yaacov Avinu was hit with limping as a punishment, midda k'negged midda, for not trusting in Hashem enough: היה לו זה מאת ...
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Maharal on lentils

Rashi says that Jacob made lentils for Esau as they are round like a wheel as this day was the day Abraham died and aveilut is the wheel(galgal) of the world. The Maharal from Prague comments that ...
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18,000 worlds under the protection of Hashem!

This is based on the answer to the post here. "In the Milstein-edition (Artscroll, p. 427) 1 it quotes the Maharal's Chiddushei Aggadah and says that these (eighteen thousand worlds) are the ...
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Who was the Maharal influenced by in his seforim?

Where did the Maharal source his knowledge of nistar from in his seforim? Was it other seforim or rabbis?
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Reference for a quote from the Maharal about how man is an upside-down tree

I have read the fascinating idea expressed by the Maharal commenting on Deuteronomy 20:19 about the similarities and contrasts between a man and a tree. In particular: A tree's roots are below, and it ...
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Make a neder to forbid from oneself reward in the World to Come

I always understood that a neder is forbidding physical pleasure or benefit from oneself. I believe this is the common understanding. However, I saw a surprising statement of the Maharal in his ...
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Maharal on Bava Basra 25A

I saw in the Artscroll Talmud, Tractate Bava Basra, at the very end of 25A: The Gemara quotes a Baraisa concerning the path of the sun: A Baraisa has taught: R' Eliezer says: The world resembles a ...
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Editions of Gur Aryeh by the Maharal

I am looking for a good edition of Gur Aryeh by the Maharal. I am aware of these editions - https://www.machon-y.com/%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A6%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D/%D7%92%D7%95%D7%A8%20%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%94/ ...
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Where to find the book 'Hoshen ha-Mishpat shel ha-Kohen ha-Gadol' by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg?

Does anyone know where (online preferably) I can access Rabbi Rosenberg's book 'Hoshen ha-Mishpat shel ha-Kohen ha-Gadol'? (The one about the Maharal and the Choshen Ha-Mishpat) Thanks!
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English translations of the Maharal's Netzach Yisrael

Would anyone know if there are any English translations of the Maharal's Netzach Yisrael?
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Introduction to the Maharal

Can someone recommend a work of the Maharal to serve as an introduction to his thought? I have no experience with his work, except where he has been quoted in other books and essays. I don't know ...
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Be'er Hagoleh- looking to buy

Does anybody know where I could buy a Be'er Hagoleh written by the Maharal in Hebrew. I can only find English translations of it.
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How many days did Esther fast?

How many days did Esther fast? Avraham ibn Ezra said it was two days and two nights. And Maharal said it was 70 hours of fasting. How do you reconcile these arguments (opinions)? Is it possible to ...
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Maharal of Prague on 10 Lost Tribes of Israel

I have read that Rabbi Yehuda Loewe (d. 1609), the “Maharal of Prague,” taught that we will never discover the lost tribes of Israel by searching. He explained that the exile of the ten tribes is a ...
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Maharal on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

I am looking for work of the Maharal on Rosh Hashana and hopefully Yom Kipur. can someone help me?
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Does Maharal, Maharsha or Zohar discuss the concept of how שָׁלוֹם, שְׁלֵמוּת, שָׁלֵם are associated with one another?

Rav Shimon Schwab writes that the word שָׁלוֹם is related to שְׁלֵמוּת, completion, שָׁלֵם, perfection (on Iyov, page 67) Does anyone know if the Maharal, Maharsha or Zohar say such a concept?
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Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin

I'm trying to find a Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin in which he explains that olam hazeh (this world) is symbolized by the regular weekday embodied in erev yom tov (the eve of the holiday) in which one "...
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Incorporeal Resurrection

I was under the impression that, in contrast to Maimonides' distinction between techiyath hameithim (resurrection of the dead) and olam haba (the world to come), those Medieval/Renaissance period ...
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First usage of golem to refer to a man-made humanoid

There's a famous folk tale that the Maharal created a golem, some sort of human shaped creature. The tale has it that he created it using practical Kabbalah. The gemarra even describes amoraim ...
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Texts of Maharal’s Commentary on Shas

Does anyone happen to know where I can find online the text of the Maharal’s commentary on Shas that’s not copyright?
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Artscroll translation of Maharal's Be'er Hagolah

Does anyone know if the Artscroll translation of Maharal's Be'er Hagolah is an unabridged one of the entire sefer by the Maharal?
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Netzach Yisroel by the Mahral

Can someone give me information on the book netzach Yisroel by the Mahral, like what is it about, what category does it fall under, and difficulty level reading and understanding it?
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Source for a Maharal I learned a while back...help

A while back I learned a Marahal in which he says that God provided the general instructions to the natural process but did not provide details, rather nature took its course. One example he gave (I ...
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In search of book(s) by the Koznitser Maggid

I'm in search of a possibility to read online (and free) some books of Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn Hupstein, most specifically the work Geulath Israel (on the writings of the Maharal). He cited this book ...
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Has any rav / gadol answered Maharal's question on why we pray?

I located this in beurei hatefilah מהרל נתיבות עולם א עמוד פא נתיב העבודה פרק ה And there are those who ask about tefila: if a person is worthy that G-d should grant him what he is requesting in ...
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Maharal on Avodas Hashem

The Maharal (in Gur Aryeh in the beginning of Bereishis) says, "Our avodas Hashem through Torah and Tefillah that's how we bring forth the kavod Hashem." That's the purpose of creation is to increase ...
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Maharal and Halacha

What if any halachic writings were authored by the Maharal of Prague besides for his commentary on the Tur? How influential was he as a halachist? I.e. how often is he referenced in the halachic ...
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Zohar and Maharal on the soul and face

1) I heard from someone say in the name Zohar haKadosh that the eyes are the "mirror to the soul" - that to those who are able to read such things a person's eyes are very revealing. Does anyone know ...
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Maharal a Mashal to the female Jewish spouse [closed]

I'm not sure if the Maharal says this per se but I heard a beautiful mashal on the woman: when this object or matter changes shape the outer object or matter changes to that shape and so on. The inner ...
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Gur Aryeh, King and Nation

The Maharal in Gur Aryeh al HaTorah says, אם עם אין כאן מלך אין כאן - If there is no nation, there is no king. כי אין מלך בלא עם Because there can be no king without a nation. Does anyone know where ...
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The Maharal and his influence on Jewish philosophy

In the Wiki article on the Maharal there is a quote by Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein citing Rabbi Nachman Bulman that the Maharal "prevented the Balkanization of Jewish thought". I understand what he is ...
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Ner Mitzwa (MaHaRa"L), Machon Yerushalayim Edition

Edited/Footnoted by Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman, the Machon Yerushalayim editions of many (most/all?) MaHaRa"L publications have been made available in recent times. If one investigates the Internet, one ...
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Maharal and Kabbala (a few questions)

Since the Maharal (born 1512) lived around the same time as the Arizal (born 1534), and it doesn't seem like they had any acquaintances. Which sources did the Maharal utilize when learning Kabala? ...
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Where can I find the Maharal's Netivot Olam Online?

Where can I find a searchable copy of the Maharal's Netivot Olam (Netiv haTorah specifically) online?
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Heretical Material Permitted in Maharal's Netivot Olam?

I have heard that Maharal permits one to read heretical material in his sefer Netivot Olam. Is this true? If so, where does he say this in the sefer?
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