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Rav Yitzhak Kedouri 189?-2006

Posted on 2006.01.29 at 15:16
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Muddy Waters - Trouble No More
The guy in the icon is R. Yitzhak Kedouri, of blessed memory, who died yesterday in Jerusalem. He was the head of the kabbalists in Israel, known for the efficacy of his blessings, and had absolutely nothing to do with the brand of kabbalah practiced by Madonna and Britney. This is what a kabbalist looks like.
The official report seems to give his age as 106, but I have seen other reports that said 108 and 112. Just thought people should know.


virtual_rabbi at 2006-01-29 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
More than 300,000 attended his levaya(funeral) is Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. I saw his age given as 105. A sad day for us all.

kvetchingeditor at 2006-01-29 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
My rabbi just tossed me a kabbalah book ... he's going to start teaching an adult ed class on thursdays (every other, that is) regarding kabbalah. I'm kind of excited, but a little wary.

I just don't "get" kabbalah. So I'm hoping it quickly comes to pass that I begin to : ) So when people ask me (assuming I know) what kabbalah is all about ... I can tell them.
theservant at 2006-01-29 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Which book? I have actually studied it fairly extensively in an academic context.
kvetchingeditor at 2006-01-29 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
Believe it or not, it's a "Beliefnet" book .. hah.
theservant at 2006-01-29 23:59 (UTC) (Link)
Dammit. I coulda written a better one.
metalclarinet at 2006-01-30 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
So recommend two books, one for people who who are well versed in Jewish practice and one for people who have always avoided ritual but who read Chaim Potek, etc.
theservant at 2006-01-30 01:34 (UTC) (Link)
Well, the academic gold standards are Gershom Sholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, and Moshe Idel (a teacher of mine), Kabbalah: New Perspectives.
For intro--- there is an Adin Steinsaltz book that is OK, and anything by Joseph Dan (another teacher of mine) is also really good, and sometimes presupposes less knowledge. He has a new one out which is an anthology called 'The Heart and the Fountain' which is good.
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