The Wayes Of the Lord Are Right, and the Just Shall Walke In Them

About three months ago, we discussed Rav Yosef Messas’s objections to various Kabbalistic formulae, particularly לשם יחוד. As noted there, he cites Rav Yehezkel Landau’s famous diatribe against the latter, containing his memorable anti-Hassidic gibe: אשר שאל בנוסח לשם יחוד אשר חדשים מקרוב נתפשט ונדפס בסידורים. הנה בזה אני משיב עד שאתה שואלני נוסח אמירתו […]

A Little Mysticism Is A Dangerous Thing

Rav Yosef Messas, following in the footsteps of the נודע ביהודה, whom he cites, has a fascinating, scathing critique of the recitation of לשם יחוד. He begins by confessing that he, too, used to recite it in his youth, as per the custom of his community, but only as a matter of habit, without understanding: […]