Re: Research Query: Why is the image of an apple orchard central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? 

Indeed, G. Scholem believed that it is based on the BT Taanit 29b that you already mentioned in your question here (see Pirkei Yesod BeHavanat HaKabbalah, p. 134 n. 34). Yehuda Libes, however, developed it in his detailed discussion in a long f.n. in his article "HaMashiakh shel HaZohar", in: "HaRaayon HaMeshikhi beIsrael", pp. 146-148 n. 224.

Research Query: Why is the image of an apple orchard central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? 

Research Query: Why is the image of an "apple orchard" central to Kabbalah (Zohar, Ari)? True, the core idea of תפוחים (usually translated as apples) as relating to romantic love is found in Song of Songs 3, 3 and 8,5, but why does the Zohar refer to the Garden of Eden as ‘The Orchard of Holy Apples’ – קדישין תפוחין חקל Chakal Tapuchin Kadishin (e.g.

CFP Reminder: R. Hayyim Vital and His World: A Conference Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of his Death (1620-2020) [Deadline: June 15]

Reminder: Dead-line for submissions - June 15th 2020. 

CALL FOR PAPERS

“For There I, Hayyim, was Living”: R. Hayyim Vital and His World

A Conference Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of his Death

September 15-16, 2020

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and The Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East

 

*deadline extended* CFP: R. Hayyim Vital and His World A Conference Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of his Death

Due to the on-going Corona condition, the dead-line for submitting proposals has been extended to June 15th.

The possibility of on-line presentation of papers will be considered in accordance with future developments in the situation. 

Re: Research query: Ha-darshan Avraham ben Moshe Brawer (17th-century Prague)

For your inquiry of Prof. Yossi Chajes, regarding Avraham ben Moshe Brod (or Bror? or Brawer?) of 17th-century Prague, who is mentioned in Shabtai Bass's 1680 Siftei yeshenim (p. 35 §16), referred to as a "darshan", responsible for designing and drafting a Lurianic ilan.

Dear Yossy,
The work of this Avraham in Kabbalah in mentioned here:
1. Itzhak Eisik Ben-Yaakov, Otzar haSefarim, Vilna 1880, p. 257 no. 76.

Research query: Ha-darshan Avraham ben Moshe Brawer (17th-century Prague)

Dear colleagues, 

I am in search of any information regarding a certain Avraham ben Moshe Brawer of 17th-century Prague. He is mentioned in Shabtai Bass's 1680 Siftei yeshenim (p. 35 §16), where he is referred to as a "darshan" responsible for designing and drafting a Lurianic ilan. His last name is spelled ברור (bet raysh vav raysh, in case Hebrew doesn't come through). 

Many thanks for any help. 

Shabbat shalom,

Yossi Chajes

Prof. J. H. Chajes
University of Haifa
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