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Who is the author of this book - Sefer Maayan Moshe

The author of the sefer is Rabbi Moshe Shatz. The sefer is called Maayan Moshe : Mavo L'Torat HaSod There are several sites that you can use for buying it: MySefer (currently out of stock) The blurb ...
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How does one remove a curse and/or a magical spell that's been placed upon a person/land/lineage/etc? What is the process like?

1). See Nefesh Hachaim (3:12) that Rebbi Chanina was not affected by witchcraft and was not scared (even as a witch gathered dust beneath his feet to cast a spell) because he believed and knew that ...
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Four Minim in Kaballah

As per the Arizal in the Pri Eitz Chaim at the beginning of Shaar Lulav v'Daled Minim and Shaar Hakavanos Inyan Sukkos Drush 5, the hadasim are the yud, the aravos are the first hei, the lulav is the ...
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What is the kelipa of America?

Far be it for this Brit to criticise his favourite country after Israel: USA. Rather, this is something I heard from my American Rabbonim in Yeshiva, and have expanded slightly to fit with my own ...
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Did Ramban ever cite kabbalah books?

Aryeh Kaplan, The Bahir, Introduction (1979): The Bahir is one of the oldest and most important of all classical Kabbalah texts. Until the publication of the Zohar, the Bahir was the most influential ...
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Not inquiring about pre-creation - why?

The Midrash tells us that, before creating our world, God created many worlds and destroyed them, because He did not like them. [Genesis Rabbah 9:2] But why would God not want us to know about these ...
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What is the Jewish view on using psychedelic drugs to gain mystical insights?

This is not the Jewish way - no shortcuts! Spirituality is not about personal experiences. It is about the hard work of refining one's character, improving the world, engaging in acts of kindness, ...
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

The Ohr ha-Hamah (R. Zundel Kroizer) on Psalms 88:1 writes: ע"י תורגמן אמרו ואין מבואר מה ענינו של תורגמן בזה ואפשר דכל מזמור שהוא חשוב לכל העם ורצה שכולם ישמעוהו העמיד מתורגמן שישמיע את המזמור ...
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Meaning of "Atarah" in Sefer HaKana Chapter 45

See here: Indeed, the period of time referred to as Yemos HaMoshiach, which incorporates the moment of time that Moshiach finally arrives until the year 6000 (thereby also including Techiyas HaMeisim ...
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Where do memories come from?

I would point you to a Rabbeinu Yona, not so well known, that does give you something to work with (though he does not get so specific with the terminology as you have). כי טבע הגוף משכח וכי יעשה ...
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Reincarnation as animals

In the Gate of Reincarnation Chapter 22, Rabbi Vital passes on from the Arizal that indeed it is possible to be reincarnated into inanimate objects, plants and animals, depending on the correction ...
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Washing hands in the morning/Wrapping hand tefilin according to Rambam

R Y. Kapach/Kafih/Qafih's if it isn't already extinct R. Qafih's tradition is alive and strong. One of his primary disciples, R. Rason 'Arusi (a tremendous talmid hakham in his own right) is perhaps ...
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Did Ramban ever cite kabbalah books?

Ramban made a commentary on Sefer Yetzira He mentions Sefer Yetzirah several times in his commentary on Chumash, for example: וכך אמרו בספר יצירה: יצר מתהו ממש ועשה אינו ישנו. So the Rabbis have also ...
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What is the translation of דורמיטא? (Dormita)

I am not that familiair with this kabbalistic concept, but basically what it means is that דורמיטא means that G-d is in a "state of slumber". This can be deduced from what it writes in ...
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Is there a Biurei Zohar online of the Mittler Rebbe

Here's a PDF version on HebrewBooks: https://hebrewbooks.org/20661
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What are the spiritual(mental), mystical, practical, realistic, religious social benefits of refraining from all perversions and immodesties?

One of the places where the Torah warns us to not stray after our own hearts, can be found in Bamidbar 15:40. The Torah states and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after ...
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Are human souls reincarnated in water?

שער הגלגולים הקדמה כב ע"ב Here is a link as well ויש מי שמתגלגלים במים, והם גם כן נקראים צומח, כנז"ל והם אלו, מי ששופך דמים בעה"ז, מתגלגל במים, וסימניך על הארץ תשפכנו כמים, ונאמר שופך ...
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Who is the author of this book - Sefer Maayan Moshe

R' Shatz has undertaken to no longer publish this sefer. In it's stead he released Tarshish Shoham Veyashfeh which is an updated and revised version.
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What time period do the concepts from Zohar date back to? Is it actually 2nd Temple Period?

Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin in his Midrashei Philon says that in particular Midrash HaNelam contains very close language to the language of Philo. He suggests that Philo is one of the sources for the ...
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Hashem wrapped Himself in Light

I liked @MauriceMizrahi’s explanation! I found another explanation: The Midrash quotes the pasuk in Tehillim 104:2 as a proof that Hashem surrounded Himself with light,”עֹֽטֶה־א֭וֹר כַּשַּׂלְמָ֑ה ...
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Does anyone know this Zohar term used in the Shemiras HaLashon?

Thanks to your comment, I can confirm you are referring to the כף הקלע, which is explained in this answer. In this question, you are asking for the source in the Zohar. It is based on Shmuel 1:25:29: ...
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What is the origin of the Bible code theory?

There is a generally discredited book called "Bible Codes", which posit that strings of gap n in the Torah spell out words that are prophetic. This answer is not supporting this work, nor do ...
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Transmission of Kabbalah - what happened after Shlomo Hamelech?

After checking MS Bar Ilan 2851 and the fairly-recent critical edition of the book (ספר ברית המנוחה: מהדורה מדעית ומבואות, by Oded Porat), it seems that this section did appear pretty much as-is in ...
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If Hebrew was the target language, what was the source language in any of the Psalm in which “maskil” is mentioned?

The ben yeoyada explains as follows: ומה שאמרו 'מַשְׂכִּיל', עַל יְדֵי תֻּרְגְּמָן, נראה לי בס"ד 'מַשְׂכִּיל' אותיות שם כלי דהמתורגמן הוא כלי של הדרשן שבו משקה מים של הדרשה לרבים. When it says &...
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What are the first sources of Tzimtzum

The word "Tzimtzum" does not appear in Sefer Yetzira, as it is a word borrowed (and derived) by the later Kabbalists to explain what the Sefer Yetzira teaches in 1:1: בשלשים ושתים נתיבות ...
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Hasidic methodology and Halacha

As far as the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, the Chabad website here provides a good guide as to Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi's approach and his mindset when authoring it: What goal did Rabbi Schneur Zalman set ...
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Can an entire group undergo gilgul (basically: collective reincarnation) at the same time?

In the book Mishnat haGilgulim it says that the 24.000 inhabitants of Shchem are the 24.000 from the Tribe of Shimon who sinned with the Midianite women and are the 24.000 thousand Students of Rabbi ...
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Kabbalistic meaning of incense

מהרצ"א says in רגל ישרה that the Ktoret in the Beit Hamikdash was to seperate the Kedusha from broken vessels that happened before creation. With that being said many things are to seperate ...
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What does "shoresh neshama" mean

It translates as "root of a soul". The soul is divided into 3 parts, nefesh, ruach and neshama, and within each of these are 613 spiritual "limbs" and "tendons". There ...
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The Sh’ma in kabbalah and chasiduss

See Nefesh Hachaim Shaar 3 chapter 11 and also see Tanya in Shaar Hayichud Vemuna chapters 6&7 where they say a similar idea. The Tetragrammaton which refers to G-D’s essence (in which from his ...
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