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The Medrash records a machloket Tannaim about whether in the future all the moadim are batel except for Yom Kippur and Purim or all the moadim except for Purim. The Maharal writes in his hakdama to Ohr Chadash, his commentary on Megillat Esther, that on both days the Jewish people were/are opposed by a force that seeks their complete destruction - Yom Kippur ...


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There are these statements, from Kehillas Yaakov, s.v. גרים: גרים הן מזיווג הנשמות בג״ע זוהר שלח...וגס מזיווג הצדיקים בחייהן אותו זיווג שאינו מוליד ממנו וולד אעפ״כ אינו לבטלה שנברא ממנו נשמת גרים "Gerim come from the union of souls in Gan Eden (Zohar, Shelach)...and also from the marital unions of tzaddikim during their lifetimes: their unions that ...


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Indeed, this is the same person. The entry for "David ben Solomon ibn Zimra (Radbaz)" in The Responsa Literature states: He conducted a large yeshiba and many famous scholars were his pupils. The great talmudic author, Bezalel Ashkenazi, was one of them; and Isaac Luria, the world-famous kabbalist, was another. As for your impression about devoting his ...


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The MaVar YaBok brings that The Arizal was particular not use anything from the Achronim (not in our sense of the word rather later authorities ,not sure the starting point),rather only use prayers from the Rishonim who understand formulation of prayer and would not make errors. He actually singles out Yigdal specifically (assuming the reason is because of ...


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Pri Etz Chaim - Shaar Hanhaga Halimud And my teacher (the Arizal), of blessed memory, from his tremendous quickness and depth, would study a halacha (talmud) in 6 ways in the manner of pshat (simple meaning) corresponding to the 6 days of the week and afterward he would say the halacha in the manner of Sod (secret meaning) corresponding to Shabbat... I ...


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I think the commentary Beit Lehem Yehuda by Rabbi Yehudah Fetayah fits that description. The author says in the introduction that he wants to provide something like what Rashi provides for people learning Talmud. The commentary aims to be an aid to understanding the words of the text as directly as possible.


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The source is Shaar HaKavvanot 86d: במ"ט ימים אלו של ימי העומר לא היה מורי האריז"ל מגלח ראשו אלא בערב שבועות ולא היה מגלח לא ביום ראש חודש אייר ולא ביום ל"ג בעומר בשום אופן. During the 49 days of the Omer my teacher the Arizal would not shave his head except on Erev Shavuot, he would not shave on Rosh Chodesh Iyyar and not on Lag B'Omer for ...


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The Arizal is brought by R' Chaim Vital in Pri Eitz Chaim (Shaar 22 Sif Zayin) and Shaar Hakavonos (Inyan Sefiras Haomer); see also Birkey Yosef (493:6) and Kaf HaChaim (:12). The reason is based on Kabbalah, and not related to the mourning of sefira, which is why it applies during the sheloshes yemei hagbala till Erev Shavuos, and according to most also on ...


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From the Encyclopedia.com entry on Joseph Della Reina: JOSEPH DELLA REINA , hero of a kabbalistic legend who attempted to bring an end to Satan's power and thus lead to the redemption. The earliest version of the story, which evolved between the 15th and 17th centuries, is recorded by *Abraham b. Eliezer ha-Levi in his treatise Iggeret Sod ha-Ge'...


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You could start with the Rambam's סדר תפילות כל השנה found at the end of משנה תורה - ספר אהבה. The Rambam predates the Arizal by over 300 years.


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Hokhmah Elohit is the term coined by translators like the ibn Tibbon's to translate the Arabic "al-'ilm al-ilaahiy", which, in turn, was coined by Arab translators from the Greek to translate Aristotle's term for metaphysics/theology. An 'elohi' is therefore a practitioner of metaphysics or theology. See Philosophical Terms in the Moreh Nebukim by Israel ...


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See here as a translation from the Arizal: Cain and Abel also damaged [reality]. [Not only Cain but also] Abel "gazed and damaged". According to the Sages, when Abel offered his sacrifice to G-d, he gazed upon the Divine Presence and therefore became incurred the death penalty (which is why it was divine providence that Cain killed him). Gazing upon ...


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Jewish Chronicle states Apparently, the earliest source for the custom of welcoming the Ushpizin on Succot is in the Zohar, the classic of Kabbalah. The Zohar makes clear that a central reason is to stress the importance of inviting guests to share the holiday with us: "One must also gladden the poor, and the portion [that would otherwise have ...


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Let's do one better: where is G-d's name concealed in all of Tanach? I'm looking for שם הוי"ה backwards and forwards, equally spaced from the beginning and end of four consecutive words (first letter, second letter, last letter, second to last letter, etc.), similar to most of the answers and comments posted so far. I'm not going to pretend to understand ...


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The Beis Yosef has a responsum (Avkat Rochel # 136) addressed to the Arizal, wherein the Arizal is referred to as המקובל האלהי “the godly kabbalist” (or perhaps האלהי means “theologian”). The Chida cites this responsum from manuscript in his entry for the Arizal in Shem Hagedolim, and has a slightly different wording. There the Arizal is referred to as החכם ...


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See Jewish Virtual Library. It's Shlomo.


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It was composed by the students of the Ari z"l outlining how the Ari performed the mitzvot. Here is a link that you can look at: Shulchan Aruch HaAri z'l.


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The Geni genalogical website identifies her as Lipke Frances. See her other biographical records on MyHeritage. The last name matches the one of Mordecai Frances which this biography of the Ari identifies as "the rich brother of his mother who took care of his upbringing and education." (similarly here).


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Chapter 5, verse 4. In the initials of the 4 words יבא המלך והמן היום


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According to the Pri Etz Chaim of Rav Chaim Vital, the instances of G-d's name encoded in Megillat Esther are: "היא "וכל" הנשים "יתנו, ר"ת הוה"י. לבדו עותה המלכה ושתי, ס"ת והה"י. ושתי המלכה לפניו ולא באה, ס"ת יהו"ה. "ומלכותה "יתן "המלך לרעותה "הטובה, ר"ת ויה"ה. "יום "ובמלאות "הימים "האלה, ר"ת יוה"ה. יהודי היה בשושן הבירה ושמו, ס"ת יהה"ו. כי כלתה אליו הרעה,...


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If you trust the linked article for the very claim that he was secluded on an island, you may as well trust what it says immediately thereafter: During this period, he concentrated his studies on the Zohar and the works of earlier Kabbalists. He was also particularly interested in his contemporary, Kabbalist Moses Cordovero. It was at this time that Luria ...


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Sefer Masos Kapay quotes the Siddur Hageonim Vihamekubalim that the Arizal insisted on only saying piyutim authored by Rishonim because those could be trusted to be al derech haemes, but the later generations didn't understand kabbalah sufficiently to author well-written piyuttim. Another possibility is that he didn't consider the author worthy of composing ...


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As others, I don't know what the Arizal is referring to. But Kli Yakar says that Kain was the first who made the sacrifice. Hevel envied him and made a sacrifice too. As a hint to this, he brings a posuk from Kohelet 4:4 וראיתי אני את כל עמל ואת כל כשרון המעשה כי היא קנאת איש מרעהו גם זה הבל ורעות רוח


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I don't know about God's name being "concealed", but Mordechai tells Esther confidently that if she does not do her part, "release and liberation will materialize for the Jews from some other source". What could that other source be except one engineered by Hashem? כִּ֣י אִם־הַחֲרֵ֣שׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי֮ בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד ...


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The source is Pri Eitz Chayim Sha'ar Hashabbos Chapter 3. (Quoted in Kaf Hachayim Siman 260 Sa'if Katan 4.)


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We find in Sanhedrin 104b how the Chachamim were about to count someone in to the list of those not set to have a part in Olam Habbah. Then his father's figure appeared and begged for his sake, but was ignored. A fire sprung up on the edges of their benches and they ignored it. They likewise ignored heavenly voices calling out his merits. However, what ...


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I think you should read באמצע as simply being in the middle of the egg and shank, and not necessarily between them horizontally. As the Arizal taught (cf. Shaar Hakavanot 83b), and as your source similarly cites, the order of the seder plate is a representation of the sefirot. The shank represents chesed, the egg represents gevura, and the marror ...


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You can purchase an English version of the sefer here. It also includes some explanation of difficult passages and a clear introduction introducing the basics of kabbalah. I am not certain if it contains everything that is in the original Sefer Etz Chayim by Chayim Vital, but it is a good start nonetheless. I have read the book, but I have never read the ...


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I am going to answer this question for kabbalah in general sense it answers most of what you ask about the Arizal as well. Typically there are two ways to deal with kabbalistic teachings: to accept them as divinely inspired or as definitely complimenting what is written in Torah shebichtav (Written Torah; Pentateuch) and to deny them as being fallible ...


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I would look for a British or Dutch Sephardi siddur. After Sabbatai Sbi, the S&P community actively removed all Lurianic and Zoharic emendations to their nusach (source: R' Jonathan Cohen of the London S&P minhagim site)


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