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Kabbalah Online Magazine
Mishpatim/Shekalim 5777
Vol. 13 No. 21, 29 Shevat - 6 Adar, 5777 / February 19 - 25, 2017
A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
After the reading of Mishpatim this week, an additional section about the half-shekel is also read -- see article #6.
The long discourses in the Zohar about the Jewish doctrine of reincarnation evolve from this week's Torah reading (article #5).
Dedication
By the staffs of KabbalaOnline and Ascent-of-Safed:
for the soul elevation of Chana bat Asher Siev
on the occasion of her 8th yahrzeit on 18h Shevat (2/14/17)
and for the soul elevation of
Chana bat Nachum-Eliyahu Tornek
on the occasion of her 4th yahrzeit on 17th Shevat (2/13/17)
AND
for the soul elevation of Rabbi Shlomo-Yitzchak ben Moshe Schwartz
who passed on to his eternal reward on 12th Shevat 5777 (Feb. 8, 2017)
less than two months past his 71st birthday.
"Schwartzie" was one of the most influential rabbis in the USA
who brought thousands – yes, thousands! – of Jews closer to Torah life
and was an untiring warrior in the struggle against intermarriage and assimilation.
He was also Scholar-in-Residence at Ascent in Tsfat
for 20 consecutive summers.
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