Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was a multi-faceted, prolific exponent of Jewish thought -- skilled in both Kabbalah and Jewish law, as well as the natural sciences (he was listed in "Who’s Who in Physics"). He suffered an untimely death at age 48.
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
God is both the Force of creation, and the Director of history.
Taking care not to erase the written name of God.
Descendent of King David, he will usher in an era of world peace.
In many respects, the Oral Torah is more important than the Written Torah.
The primary purpose of prayer is to get close to God.
The world is one long chain of events, dating all the way back to Adam.
God predetermines a person's basic lifespan, wealth and opportunities -- but leaves ample room for free choice.
Torah is the candle and Israel is its wick, causing the light of God to shine forth.
Human beings are defined by the power of free will.
The Creator of space and time is from all existence.
Striking a balance between this temporal world and the eternal afterlife.
An explanation of who can receive prophecy, when and how.
The mechanics of receiving a direct spiritual revelation.
Our special relationship with sacred books.
Understanding the reason behind the mitzvot.
Understanding the origin and obligation of mitzvot.
Understanding the source of our soul and its eternal essence.
Understanding those extraordinary times when a Jew must give his life for God.
Qualifications for a Jewish judge and the operation of the Sanhedrin.
Who composed the original Torah? How is a scroll written today? Is our current text accurate?
The Torah manner of giving charity, respecting others' property, and dealing honestly in business.
An exploration of the three cardinal transgressions, legal guidelines in coercive circumstances, and the obligation to save another's life.
Human life is a premier value in Jewish life, often superseding other concerns.
Strengthening one's intellectual understanding and emotional connection to the Divine.
All Jews are responsible to keep one another on the proper path.
Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai.
A comprehensive guide to the philosophy and laws of pronouncing the Name of God.
What is the root of immortality and the soul?
The greatest satisfaction is accomplishing in a world where God is hidden.
God may make it difficult for us to approach Him in order to increase our eventual reward.
Doing good unto others is a key component of spiritual health.
The existence of good and evil allows man to make the right choice, and merit greater closeness to God.
One of the highest human pleasures is that of accomplishment -- completing a job well done.
The gift of a Divine soul separates man from the rest of God's creatures.
What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.
God's motivation for creating the world sheds light on our own life goals.
We often question God's ways. But given the chance, how would we do things differently?
All events, large and small, ultimately result from God's will.
A burst in technology, a drop in morality, and the Jewish return to Israel are all predicted as precursors to the Messiah.
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