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Is the following Trinitarian conceptual understanding of the deity polytheistic according to Jewish theology?

During the 1263 Disputation of Barcelona between Nachmanides and the Church of Aragon, Nachmanides was asked about the trinity (translation from the Jewish Encyclopedia): "Fra Pablo asked me in ...
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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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What is the definition of "will" in Judaism?

The philosophy of will is a Kabbalistic matter, and the deep definitions and philosophical treatment of this topic you are looking for is found in Chabad Chassidut. There is an immense amount of ...
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Description of Sefirot from Zohar - source please

Tikkunei Zohar 17a which says: The prophet Elijah, of blessed memory, opened, and said: Eternal Hidden Master of the worlds! You are He whose Unity is infinite and absolute, and therefore indivisible....
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Is the following Trinitarian conceptual understanding of the deity polytheistic according to Jewish theology?

So apparently Aquinas was born in 1225, well after the main works usually quoted to explain the Jewish viewpoint were written. As they lay it out (Chovos HaLevavos and Rambam in the beginning of ...
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When is shabbos observed in the heavenly spheres? Israel time?

In the Mishneh LaMelech's book Parshas Derachim § 23 s.v. עוד נקדים, he quotes his father's teacher Rav Zerachia Guto, who says that in Heaven, Shabbos starts when Jerusalem starts keeping Shabbos.
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What is the first (or any) explicit source for Yaakov being epitome for "truth"?

Thought certainly not the first source for the idea, Rabbenu Bachya (Bereishis 25:27) is a source who writes: ועוד יש להתבונן שהיה ראוי לומר יעקב איש אמת כיון שמדתו אמת - Furthermore, actually ...
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Talk to me about din

This how I understand your question, please correct me if I'm wrong: You see some sources that pair Hesed and Din as opposing counterparts, and also speak of their synthesis being Rahamim. Then, ...
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Talk to me about din

I will provide sources to show this later, but Din (דין) is the connection and transmission of intellect (מוחין) to the physical, material world. This is expressed as the connection of Tiferet via ...
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Talk to me about din

The Lubavitcher Rebbe said, Tiferes is the balance of Chesed and Gevurah. Chesed = Giving Gevurah = Midas HaDin (Judgment) Tiferes = Mercy Says Chesed: Give ! Says Gevurah: But this person does ...
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Meaning of "Atarah" in Sefer HaKana Chapter 45

Pachad פחד is an alternate term for the Sephirah of Gevurah like is taught by Rabbi Yitzchok of Akko in his commentary to Ramban on the Chumash, Meirat Einayim. He draws this from Rabbi Yosef ...
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Are the sefirot created?

The Sefirot are very clearly created. To say that the Sefirot would be parts of Hashem would be heretical, as G-d cannot be composed of parts. To quote the classic work The Way of G-d by the Ramchal: ...
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Are the sefirot created?

Only authentic Mekubalim should feel qualified to answer this question, and I am unqualified in this regard, as will likely any anonymous person online be. I will provide sources to the authentic ...
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Why is Human Intellect the only "faculty" with a dedicated Beracha in Amidah?

The yaarot divash says that "intellect" is the main creation of a human. As he explains, our intellect is the means through which we can elevate ourselves from dirt "אדם" to רוחני. ...
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Full explanation of the 49 Sefirot combinations?

Many years ago I read a short book called וספרתם לכם, which takes you through 49 days and their corresponding sefirot. Although it wasn't significantly in depth, it did relate to each sefirah in turn ...
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Are the sefirot created?

Although @RabbiKaii made a great starting point on this subject, I would like to dive into the words of the Ramak, Rav Moshe Kordovero. The Ramak writes in his Or Neerav (6:1:4-5), regarding the "...
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Which side of the sefirotic columns does daat lean towards?

Daat is part of the Kav Ha'emtzai (Kav Harachamim) which represents the perfect harmony of the extremes of Chessed and Din. Daat is therefore the culmination and outcome of Chochmah and Binah, in ...
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sfirot vesrus midot

The concept of Midah is the concept of constriction and specificity, as described by Rebbe Nachman in Likutei Moharan 56:3. This, as a concept, is linked to the concept of Sefirah, which is tied to ...
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Changing from Base-10 to Base-7 in sefiras haomer

A possible haschalas devarim: At the bris bein ha'besarim it says: וַיֹּאמֶר לְאַבְרָם יָדֹעַ תֵּדַע כִּי גֵר יִהְיֶה זַרְעֲךָ בְּאֶרֶץ לֹא לָהֶם וַעֲבָדוּם וְעִנּוּ אֹתָם אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה. ... ...
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