The Legacy of Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague

in European Judaism
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Byron L. SherwinSpertus Institute of Jewish Studies

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In the Bible, God commands Noah to enter the ark. The Hebrew word for ‘ark’ is teivah. The Hebrew word for the letters of the alphabet is also teivah. The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, taught that in prayer and in study, a person must enter the letters. The letters of holy words are each like a door.

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