Tales of צדיקים (and Sundry Other Individuals)

R. Aryeh Kaplan’s version of a classic hasidic tale: A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people […]

Fear G-d, and Keep His Commandments: For This Is the Whole Duty Of Man

To CS, (almost) Esq. We recently noted Rav Yehezkel Landau’s rejection of logic as goyish; I encountered this in the course of responding to a challenge of Rav Herschel Schachter, related to me by my friend Menachem Butler, to investigate the censorship of Rav Landau’s comments on the Talmudic injunction against הגיון (see below) in […]

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 […]