Dreams of Art and Angels

Carolina A. Miranda reports on the Rubin Museum of Art’s “Dream Over” event: On Saturday night, more than 80 artsy types in pajamas filed into the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea for its first ever adults-only sleepover. The purpose: to see what sorts of dreams the museum’s priceless collection of Himalayan art might inspire. […]

The Ayes Have It

Our previous post mentioned R. Natan Slifkin’s list of “numerous [Jewish rabbinic] opponents” to the doctrine of the transmigration of souls; here is a remarkable responsum of Rav Levi ibn Habib ([Maha]Ralbah) which, although itself strongly affirming the doctrine, insisting that “all of us are obligated to listen to the words of [the sages who […]

Past Lives

In a list of “numerous [Jewish rabbinic] opponents” to the doctrine of the transmigration of souls, R. Natan Slifkin includes Rav Yedaiah Ha’Bedersi1; here’s the passage: ומתועלותיה [של “החכמה .. והיא הכוללת ההגיון הטבע והאלקות”, היינו מדע ופילוסופיא] בסוד הנפש בטול דעות רבים שהחזיקו בהם רבות מהכתות האלה לחלוק על מי שהאמין כי הנפשות הנשארות […]