Who Was Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai? Jewish Biography as History Dr. Henry Abramson

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Emerging from a cave after twelve years of isolated Torah study, Rabbi Shimon Yohai went on to become one of ancient Israel’s most celebrated Kabbalists and leaders of the Jewish people.


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  1. Greetings Dr. Abramson,I don’t know if you’ve been made aware of it yet, but this post/film was cut off at a most important quote leaving me anxiously awaiting to know what it was and how your lecture ended.I hope it can be extended to the end of the lecture.Like always, I truly enjoy your lectures.Thank you!Shabbat Shalom!Janet

    Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:11:37 +0000 To: jm33179@hotmail.com

  2. Hello! Love your user id. Sorry about the technical problem, I hope to upload a revised version shortly. In the meantime, the main point at the end is that he found a modus vivendi with regular people who would not devote themselves to Torah study exclusive of other pursuits. Hang on and I’ll get it on the web soon! Thanks also for the kind words, glad you are enjoying the lectures.

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