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Zohar: the Book of Splendor

The Zohar (Hebrew: זֹהַר‬, lit. “Splendor” or “Radiance”) is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah. It is a group of books including commentary on the mystical aspects of the Torah (the five books of Moses) and scriptural interpretations as well as material on mysticism, mythical cosmogony, and mystical  Full Article…

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Melchizedek: King of righteousness

Melchizedek, Melkisetek, or Malki Tzedek (/mɛlˈkɪzədɛk/; Hebrew: מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶֿק‬ malkī-ṣeḏeq, “king of righteousness”), was the King of Salem and priest of El Elyon (“GOD Most High”) mentioned in the 14th chapter of the Book of Genesis. He brings out bread and wine and blesses Abram and El Elyon, Elohim. Chazalic literature—specifically Targum Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi, and  Full Article…

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Kotel: Western Wall

The Western Wall, Wailing Wall or Kotel (Hebrew: הַכֹּתֶל הַמַּעֲרָבִי‎, translit.: HaKotel HaMa’aravi; Ashkenazic pronunciation: HaKosel HaMa’arovi; Arabic: حائط البراق‎‎, translit.: Ḥā’iṭ al-Burāq, translat.: the Buraq Wall, or Arabic: المبكى‎‎ al-Mabkā: the Place of Weeping) is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a relatively small segment of a far  Full Article…

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Jerusalem: The Holy City

Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎  Yerushalayim; Arabic: القُدس‎‎  al-Quds [“The Holy”]) is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital, as the State of Israel maintains its primary governmental institutions there while the State of  Full Article…

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