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Picture by R' Aryeh Kaplan on the front cover of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was among many things a painter. He mentioned this in his book Jewish Meditation (p. 29): I also remember a period during which I was painting. I had just learned how to use ...
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May a Jew be a Freemason?

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai tangentially discusses this in his diary. In the entry for April 18, 1774 he writes: ומה אספר ורבו כמו רבו הענינים ופרטים בפרט וכלל רק את זה אומר שלילה א' אחר חצות ...
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May a Jew be a Freemason?

Freemasonry is considered by some to be Luciferian (1). When witchcraft was legalized in the U.K., see here, Wicca copied the rituals of Freemasonry as their own magick rituals. It's based on ...
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Source for the lion as a symbol for divine judgement?

Deuteronomy 33:22: וּלְדָ֣ן אָמַ֔ר דָּ֖ן גּ֣וּר אַרְיֵ֑ה יְזַנֵּ֖ק מִן־הַבָּשָֽׁן׃ And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion’s whelp That leaps forth from Bashan. Rabbeinu Bachya writes in his ...
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

They are two different (although similar-sounding) words. 1. מִלָּה meaning 'word' is attested to in Tehillim 139:4: כִּ֤י אֵ֣ין מִ֭לָּה בִּלְשׁוֹנִ֑י הֵ֥ן יְ֝הוָ֗ה יָדַ֥עְתָּ כֻלָּֽהּ׃‏ ...
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Why the Dohany Street Sinagogue (Budapest) is decorated with eight-pointed stars?

The synagogue was designed by Ludwig Förster in the Moorish Revival style. So was, around the same time, the Leopoldstädter Tempel, which also has eight-cornered stars. The Yenidze factory, designed ...
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History of Chabad Moshiach flag

The History: According to Chabapedia (in Hebrew), the flag was first printed in the Hebrew year 5755 (1994-1995) by Yaakov Ben Ari of Tzfat, Israel. The general design of the flag seems to have ...
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Seeing a Torah scroll fall in a dream

See Magen Avraham OHC 288/6 quotes the Sefer Magid Mesharim (Vayakhel) which states that the Beis Yosef was told by the "Maggid" that he was correct in ruling that only 3 dreams allowed fasting on ...
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Why does 14 connect positive and negative commandments?

I do not know of any source on this. But I was inspired by the OP to give this answer B"H. 14 in Hebrew is the value of the word "Yad". (hand) יד. 14 in Hebrew is the value of the word Yad backwards ...
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Hospitalized - visit by my Rabbi

Of course, the situation depends entirely on how the two of you feel like handling it. However, this may help: One source for covering the cross is based upon the ruling of the Kaf HaChaim 113:27 ...
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Why would Pharaoh's heart be made כבד by G-D?

Rav Ovadiah Seforno (on Shemos 9:35) suggests that Hashem "made his heart heavy" (heavy objects are hard to move) and "made his heart strong" (more literal translations of "הכבדתי" and "חזקתי" then "...
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Which Books in English Go into Kabbalistic Depth of the Beit Hamikdash?

There is an excellent book in English with beautiful illustrations by Rabbi Chaim Clorfene who draws heavily from Sefer Mishkanei Elyon by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. It sounds like it may be exactly ...
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Is there any symbolism associated with Hebrew being written right to left?

In The Great Partnership Rabbi Sacks gives a speculative explanation of the difference between right-left and left-right alphabets. The book is an attempt at describing the differences between science ...
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Why the Dohany Street Sinagogue (Budapest) is decorated with eight-pointed stars?

The eight pointed star, Rub el Hizb is a symbol of Islam and was used as part of the Moorish Revival architecture. This style of architecture was included in many synagogues in Europe and the United ...
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

The short answer to "Why the two meanings of circumcision and word are associated with milah?", is because the Torah associates these ideas of circumcision and word and says that they are connected. ...
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Why would Pharaoh's heart be made כבד by G-D?

Related question Did hardening Paro's heart mean he wasn't really responsible? There are a number of answers based on the different usages. For example, the Rambam brings up the point that ...
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Why is red wine prescribed for Seder, and what does it represent?

Ultimately, Seder night is one of constant symbolism as we endeavour to imagine that we ourselves are leaving Egypt. In this regard, the red wine helps serve as a reminder of this process. The ...
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Symbols for Shevet Levi and the Kohanim

The Urim v'Tumim. Bamidbar Rabbah 2:7 לוי ברקת ומפה שלו צבוע שליש לבן ושליש שחר ושליש אדם ומציר עליו אורים ותומים
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Parshas Tzav - 96 Pesukim?

There is also the following probability: The Masoretic note at the end of the parashah is "Tzav Siman" without the number of verses. The Masoretes specifically omitted the number of verses, because ...
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What are the references or terms for the word sukkah?

Two that spring to mind are the following: In Gemara Succah 3a (amongst other places) there is a reference to Succah as being a מטללתא as in "אפומא דמטללתא" - the entrance of the Succah. ...
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In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean to "stretch out a line"?

A קָו is a measuring tool used by builders when planning to build or destroy a building (the meaning of the word as "line" is correct in later Hebrew, but not in the Bible). What Rashi is saying is ...
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Is there a spiritual significance to the fact one of the most heavily Jewish neighborhoods in NYC is "Crown" Heights?

Indeed, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made reference to this in his later years. In addition to the address of the center of operations for Chabad Chassidim (770), the Rebbe would often show the spiritual ...
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

What differentiates speech (מלל) from voice (קול) is that speech is cut into clear words. That cutting is called מילה. Both for circumcision and speech. Another example is from Tehhilim 90:6 where ...
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Picture by R' Aryeh Kaplan on the front cover of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader

Can someone please help me with my fathers works. Rabbi aryeh kaplan Yes I have the original painting .I have all of them . My mother passed away 2 months ago after a bad fire in her home. Yes my ...
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May a Jew be a Freemason?

Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple z"l (Senior Rabbi of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia from 1972-2005 and prior to holding that post, rabbi of the London congregations of Bayswater (1960-1965) and ...
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what does the "uncovering of Boaz’ legs" have to do with Keri?

It seems that "uncover Boaz' feet" means lit. to uncover his nudity (See the Hizkuni to Shemos 4:25 in which he explain the language of "feet" with this conotation). Although I did not see the classic ...
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what does the "uncovering of Boaz’ legs" have to do with Keri?

Perhaps it is a reference to the Gemora, Sanhedrin 19b אמר רבי יוחנן תוקפו של יוסף ענוותנותו של בועז תוקפו של בועז ענוותנותו של פלטי בן ליש תוקפו של יוסף ענוותנותו של בועז דכתיב (רות ג, ח) ויהי ...
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Why a Beitzah on the Seder Plate?

My personal favorite explanation is due to the Chatam Sofer: The egg represents the Jewish people. Most foods become softer as they are cooked. But the egg becomes harder. So it is with the Jewish ...
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