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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

A quick Google shows that this person likely took the quote from this site here (I'm sorry to have linked to it). It seems that this person likely didn't understand what he was reading. The topics are ...
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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

There is actually only one quote here, and it is taken directly from The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians, which was originally written in Latin (with ...
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Source for Chasam Sofer quote about Zohar

Apparently it is quoted by one of the Chasam Sofer's students, Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Naizatts, in his sefer Mei Menuchot, page 43a, as having been said by the Chasam Sofer in front of many of his ...
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Source for Zohar quote about kiss

It's a Zohar from the beginning of Shir Hashirim: אָמַר לֵיהּ הֵיאַךְ. אָמַר לֵיהּ, זֶה הַבָּא מִתּוֹךְ אַהֲבַת נְשִׁיקָה. הֵיאַךְ נְשִׁיקָה מֵאַהֲבָה אֵינוֹ אֶלָּא בַּפֶּה, וּמִתְחַבְּרָן רוּחַ ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

Yes at first glance they are in conflict. Sefer Yosef Tehilos 42:9 (Chida) reconciles this with the explanation that David did not sleep and this the nights counted towards the 140 years. יומם יצוה ה׳...
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The light hidden in Torah?

Perhaps surprisingly, this is discussed in Reshimot Shiurim of Rav Soloveitchik to Berakhot 34a. He writes that the "hidden light" is the light of knowledge that is found in the Torah and will be ...
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Where is the source for waiting an hour after eating dairy?

The Zohar that’s referred to is in Parashat Mishpatim 125a which talks about eating meat and milk בשעתא חדא, which can be understood as “within one hour of each other”.
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Rav Yaakov Emden's attitude towards the Zohar

You are incorrect to say Rav Emden wrote a scathing polemic against the Zohar. You can read Mitpachas Sefarim yourself here. See his opening line: הנה כל עצם ספר הזוהר, קדוש הוא כעצם השמים לטוהר ...
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English Translation of Milhamoth Hashem by Yiḥyeh Qafiḥ

Is there an English translation of it, or an overview? To my knowledge R. Yihyeh Qafih's ספר מלחמות השם has not been translated to English in its entirety. However the work Tohar Hayihud translates ...
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Dovid got lifespan from Adam and/or the Avos

Rav Daniel Glatstein last night gave a shiur on Hoshana Rabbah (Ushpizin of Dovid HaMelech), and addressed this question. You can watch it here; it starts at 19:45. He brought three explanations: Ohr ...
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Authenticity of Zohar--Bitul Torah?

It seems like this could be comparable to the Braisa that mentions the methodology of Shimon HaAmsuni (can be found in Pesachim 22b, among other places): כדתניא שמעון העמסוני ואמרי לה נחמיה העמסוני ...
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Are there Orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

Rabbi Yiḥyah Qafiḥ, his grandson, Rabbi Yossef Qafiḥ. From wikipedia: The work for which Rabbi Qafiḥ is most well known is Milḥamot HaShem (Wars of the Lord, which takes the same name as earlier ...
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To what extent does anti-Zohar or Dardaim/Dor Deah sentiment-action-dispute among Yemenite/Teimani trace to Maskilim?

So it turns out that naturally, it's a bit of a machloket. Khabshush himself testified that there were groups of pro-Kabbalists and anti-Kabbalists or "Baalei P'shat" way before Halévy ever ...
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Is there a Zohar Yomi?

Yes. There is a series of seforim called Chok L'Yisrael which creates a daily learning program including - tanach, mishnah, halacha and kabbalah. The Kabbalah section is from the Zohar. For example ...
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Other Major Jewish Books Whose Authorship is in Dispute beside the Zohar

The Mishnah Berurah (MB). I went to a shiur by Rabbi Hershel Schachter who discussed the disputed authorship of the MB. He had heard evidence from a friend/colleague (I can't remember who) that the ...
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The Origins of the Zohar - Why is it accepted as being true?

Another point mentioned by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan here: Around three years ago, someone came to me and asked me to translate parts of a manuscript of Rabbi Yitzchok deMin Acco, known as Otzar ...
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Zohar and the Yetzer Hara

This is basically stated by the Pele Yoets (entry: Zohar) who writes: למוד ספר הזוהר נשגב מאד לטהר ולקדש הנפש ואפילו אי לא ידע מאי קאמר...ראוי לכל אדם ליקח לו ספר הזוה"ק ולא יעבור מלקרוא הפרשה מדי ...
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On killing (?) Christians in Judaism

I am new to this site and am shocked to see the old Jews-killing-Christians "blood lible" revived and even entertained as a serious topic for "academic" discussion in these pages! My answer to the ...
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Practices based on the Zohar

The prayer בריך שמיה is taken from the Zohar, as is seemingly the practice to say this prayer by the opening of the Aron Kodesh.
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Mamzer or not? Food for thought

Halachically, it has no impact whatsoever on one's status. However, spiritually, it could impact one's offspring's spiritual connection and "health". There is a story with the Maggid of ...
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Bereishis 2:15 - Inconsistent Gender of "Gan" and "le'Avdah u'leShamrah"?

The statement in the Zohar in question, is the following passage in Tikkunei Zohar: תיקוני זוהר תקונא עשרין וחד ועשרין דף סב עמוד א ויניחהו בגן עדן לעבדה ולשמרה לעבדה בפקודין דעשה ולשמרה ...
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How is this belief muttar?

You can have a concept that some of God's traits are "feminine" and that He has both masculine and feminine aspects but that is different from saying that there is a separate god that is God's wife. ...
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Other Major Jewish Books Whose Authorship is in Dispute beside the Zohar

In Mitpachas Seforim (Part II 8:21), R' Ya'akov Emden disputes that the Rambam authored Moreh Nevuchim.
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Other Major Jewish Books Whose Authorship is in Dispute beside the Zohar

Some claim that the famous Iggeret Tehiat Hametim was not composed by Maimonides¹,² but by pro-Maimonideans in the heat of Maimonidean controversy. Nevertheless, in the same vein, these charges are ...
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Why is chabad not worried about putting their head down when saying "l'david" when the Zohar says its dangerous?

According to the Shulchan Aruch HaRav 131:1 עַל פִּי הַקַּבָּלָה, יֵשׁ לוֹמַר מִזְמוֹר מ"ז, "אֵלֶיךָ ה' נַפְשִׁי אֶשָּׂא". אַךְ מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהָאוֹמְרוֹ וְלִבּוֹ רָחוֹק מִמֶּנּוּ גּוֹרֵם ...
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Biblical description of the firmament vs. round earth in the Zohar

There is no contradiction; they talk about two points of view. The litteral meaning of the Bible's verses, doesn't talk about a physical/scientific reality. But rather from an everyday-life point of ...
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Are there Orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

You need to define the term Kabbalah. If you're referring to the hidden meaning of the Torah, then you have to deal with the Gemarot (e.g. Chagiga 13a-b) that discuss how and to whom to teach the ...
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Are there Orthodox Jews who do not consider the Zohar’s validity?

It seems the Chasam Sofer had a different opinion on the zohar
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What is ‘Atika Kadisha’?

This is discussed in Sefer Eitz Chaim, Heichal Shlishi (Heichal HaKeterim), Sha'ar Rishon (Sha'arei Atik). Atikah Kadisha together with Arich Anpin is the highest level of existence in terms of the ...
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The source for breath of the mouth as the scent of an offering

According to Sefaria.org, it's brought in Zohar 2:20b (on Parashat Shemot): וְהַיְינוּ דְּרִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, כַּד הֲוָה יָתִיב בְּתַעֲנִיתָא, הֲוָה מְצַלֵּי וְאָמַר, גָּלוּי וְיָדוּעַ לְפָנְיךָ ה' ...
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