Mystical Classics

An anthology from the Shelah, the Alshich, the Ohr Hachayim, and others

Paradoxical Laws
Via irony we can approach an understanding of the Divine.
Under the Yoke of the Oral Torah
How holy was the Red Heifer?
Honor of the Heavenly Serpent
G-d cares more for the honor of the righteous that of His own.
The Living Well
The flowing spring in the well filled and overflowed in all directions-- it divided into 13 streams.
A priest who has killed is supposedly unfit to perform his priestly duties.
Israel nourishes from both sides, sometimes from Compassion and sometimes from Judgment.
Wickedness Acknowledging Good
In the Messianic Era, all previous curses will turn into blessings.
The Prophecy of Balaam
Kabbalah teaches that even the forces of evil are agents of the Divine Plan.
Moab was scared of Israel because he perceived that they were attached to a great ruler over the entire Creation.
The Nation that Covered the Land
Balaam had invoked a magic formula which permanently prevented slaves from escaping from Egypt.
Bad Advice
"Since Moses’ strength is in his mouth, we will combat them with a man whose strength is in his mouth."
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