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Lot #    26805
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:25:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Polemic concerning the unauthorized study of Zohar
Title (Hebrew)    להבין משל ומליצה
Author    [Kabbalah]
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1930's
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Broadside, folio, 470:300 mm., usual light age staining, creased, small loss.
   Broadside cautioning against the improper study of Kabbalah and the Zohar. The title להבין משל ומליצה is from “To understand a proverb, and a figure” (Proverbs 1:6) and continues the words of the sages and their mysteries. The subheading states that it is intended to remove the stumbling blocks from the heart of our brothers, who afe perfect and straight in their hearts and whose souls desire to learn aznd the Zohar and works of Kabbalah. It warns them against this study, quoting from such authorities as R. Hayyim Vital, R. Hayyim of Volozhin, and quotes from kabbalistic sources such as Tikkunei Zohar, Kanfei Yona, and Mikdash Melekh. It then references R. Moses Luzzato and the Vilna Gaon and R. Yosef Hayyim in his Rav Po’alim, referencing a responsa concerning a zivug of a male and female which are euphemisms for higher influences. It also warns against gashmiot as a hindrance to the proper study of Kabbalah.
Paragraph 2    להבין משל ומליצה דברי חכמים וחידותם להרים מכשול מלב אחינו ... אשר נפשם חשקה בלמוד הזהר ובספרי קבלה, לבל ישגו ... לבוא לידי הגשמה ... אספנו קצת מאמרים מהגאונים המקובלים ... על הרחקת הגשמיות ...

בסוף: "שימו לבבכם לכל הדברים ואל תשעו בדברי שקר הכת המדיחים והמסיתים ... הכופרים". נגד "הדרדעים", המתנגדים לקבלה, מקרב יהודי תימן.

   CD-EPI 0327276
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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