Cognitive Dissonance

In the course of this interesting discussion at אישים ושיטות over whether the arguably disappointing and unpleasant portrait of Rav Ya’akov Emden that emerges from his (ostensible) autobiography מגילת ספר is an argument (along with its somewhat unusual provenance) to doubt its authenticity, Wolf2191 notes that: Chayei Yehuda is the same kind of work as …

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: …