BOOK REVIEW: NEFESH HATZIMTZUM BY AVINOAM FRAENKEL

Bridging the Kabbalistic Gap

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Vol. 1: Rabbi Chaim Volozhin’s Nefesh HaChaim with Translation and Commentary

Volume 2: Understanding Nefesh HaChaim through the Key Concept of Tzimtzum and Related Writings

(Jerusalem: Urim, 2015)

Reviewed by Bezalel Naor

Recently there has been a spate of English translations of the classic of Mitnagdic philosophy, Nefesh ha-Hayyimby Rabbi Hayyim of Volozhin (1749-1821), eminent disciple of the Vilna Gaon. This is perhaps the most glorious—certainly the lengthiest—of the translations, one that attempts to rewrite the debate between Hasidim and Mitnagdim.

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World Premiere of the documentary film, “Lonely But Not Alone”

You are invited to the World Premiere of the documentary film, Lonely But Not Alone, by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Willy Lindwer.

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The film documents the incredible life of Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo. Born into a mixed-marriage in the most liberal city in the world, he become an internationally-known rabbi and philosopher in the most religious city in the world. This is his story.

The screening will take place at the Begin Center in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 6th, at 7:30pm.  Featured guests include author and blogger Laura Ben-David, who will MC the evening, as well as Rabbi Cardozo’s brother Dr. Jacques Lopes Cardozo and his daughter Nechama Atlas Lopes Cardozo, who appear in the film.

Seats are limited. 

Buy your tickets today!  

‘The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values’ a must-read

by Alan Jay Gerber

The literary work thEncyclopediaofJewishValues9789655241631at is my subject for the next few weeks is entitled, “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Values” (Urim Publications, 2015), a series of essays on some of the most provocative subjects of contemporary interest, by Rabbi Dr. Nachum Amsel.

Rabbi Amsel is graduate of Yeshiva University, ordained a rabbi by HaRav Joseph B. Soloveitchik,zt”l, whose career centered for over 30 years on the enhancement of Jewish education all over the world. This book goes a long way in helping us to understand issues that confront us in our daily lives and are regularly discussed and debated in the public arena (including gun control and legalized gambling and the use of lotteries, will be my focus in upcoming columns).

This week I will focus on my interview with Rabbi Amsel wherein you will get a measure of his intellectual prowess.

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