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Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles

Yrachmiel Tilles is a co-founder of Ascent-in-Safed, where he still teaches, writes, and edits, but mostly directs KabbalaOnline.org. He also moderates Ascent's Q&A forums in its print and electronic publications. Originally from the Bronx, he is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, where he majored in philosophy (and was also co-captain of the basketball team). He moved to Israel with his family in 1978, living in Tsfat (Safed) nearly the entire time.


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Why do we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah?

There are many meanings to the shofar-blowing. In fact, the leading Jewish sage in the tenth century CE, Saddia Gaon, listed ten major ones, each with a scriptural basis. Rabbi Saddia explained that the sound of the shofar should call to mind: 1) the creation of the world; 2) the beginning of the new year; 3) the...

What is Kabbalah? ...And Why?

Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish mystical tradition which teaches the deepest insights into the essence of G-d, His interaction with the world, and the purpose of Creation. The Kabbalah and its teachings - no less than the Law - are an integral part of the  Torah. They are traced back to the revelation to Moses...

Is it true that it is prohibited to study Kabbalah before age 40?

We are often asked how it is permitted to teach Kabbalah to young and not strongly educated Jews, who are not even close to being "40 years of age and expert in Talmud and Jewish law." Did not "the Rabbis" forbid it when the student lacks the above-cited qualifications? Let us be clear. First...

The Third Pomegranate

Nissim Kinouri lived not far from Tiberias in a humble village on the shore of Lake Kinneret, which gave him his family name. He was extremely poor. He had no fields or orchards; all he had was a pomegranate tree, which stood alone next to his small cottage. The pious Reb Nissim would sit in the shade provided by...

The Witnessing Tree

The wheel of fortune had taken a downward turn for a once-wealthy Jew who lived in the Moroccan city of Rabat. He was forced to leave home and wander from town to town in search of an appropriate business opportunity that would enable him to support the large extended family that had come to depend on him. His...

Maintaining the Cosmic Balance

On the secular Gregorian calendar, every four years an extra day is added to the month of February, since the solar revolution takes nearly 365 plus one-quarter days. The Jewish leap-year system is much more dramatic - it has to be! On one hand, the Torah commands to track the new moons and to keep a lunar...

Is G-d Missing?

As a Safed writer, I was once asked by a secular Israeli publication to contribute an article about  Kabbalah, Chassidut, meditation, etc. - all those special elements of Judaism which are identified with the city of Safed. I did so. The feedback was that the mysticism and "spirituality" in it was...

Miracle in Meron

On the eve of 18th of  Iyar, the thirty-third (in gematriah, 33=lamed-gimmel, "lag") night of Counting the Omer in 5683 (1923), as every year, an enormous crowd was assembled on the roof of the building in Meron that enclosed the tomb of  Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai. The huge annual bonfire was...

Reincarnation

Question: How prevalent is the Jewish belief in reincarnation today?  How does it differ from the Asian belief?  What do the  Rabbis think of it? Eric Elfman Los Angeles We cannot trace any scriptures which support the concept of reincarnation of souls. Les & Edith Johnson...

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