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Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan


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.
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If You Were God

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We often question God's ways. But given the chance, how would we do things differently?


The Real You

The Real You

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What is the root of immortality and the soul?


All About the Messiah

All About the Messiah

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Descendent of King David, he will usher in an era of world peace.


The Oral Tradition

The Oral Tradition

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In many respects, the Oral Torah is more important than the Written Torah.


The Nuts and Bolts of Prayer

The Nuts and Bolts of Prayer

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The primary purpose of prayer is to get close to God.


Understanding God

Understanding God

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The Creator of space and time is unique from all existence.


The Soul

The Soul

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Understanding the source of our soul and its eternal essence.


God's Masterplan

God's Masterplan

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The world is one long chain of events, dating all the way back to Adam.


Fate and Destiny

Fate and Destiny

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God predetermines a person's basic lifespan, wealth and opportunities -- but leaves ample room for free choice.


Uniqueness of the Jewish People

Uniqueness of the Jewish People

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Torah is the candle and Israel is its wick, causing the light of God to shine forth.


God and Nature

God and Nature

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All events, large and small, ultimately result from God's will.


The Essence of Mankind

The Essence of Mankind

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Human beings are defined by the power of free will.


God and Jewish Belief

God and Jewish Belief

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God is both the Force of creation, and the Director of history.


Reward and Punishment

Reward and Punishment

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Striking a balance between this temporal world and the eternal afterlife.


Divine Inspiration: Part Two

Divine Inspiration: Part Two

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An explanation of who can receive prophecy, when and how.


Divine Inspiration: Part One

Divine Inspiration: Part One

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The mechanics of receiving a direct spiritual revelation.


Sanctity of Torah Scrolls

Sanctity of Torah Scrolls

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Our special relationship with sacred books.


Respect for Holy Objects

Respect for Holy Objects

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Taking care not to erase the written name of God.


The Commandments: Part Two

The Commandments: Part Two

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Understanding the reason behind the mitzvot.


The Commandments: Part One

The Commandments: Part One

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Understanding the origin and obligation of mitzvot.


Judaism and Martyrdom

Judaism and Martyrdom

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Understanding those extraordinary times when a Jew must give his life for God.


The Jewish Court System

The Jewish Court System

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Qualifications for a Jewish judge and the operation of the Sanhedrin.


Writing the Torah

Writing the Torah

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Who composed the original Torah? How is a scroll written today? Is our current text accurate?


Jewish View of Money

Jewish View of Money

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The Torah manner of giving charity, respecting others' property, and dealing honestly in business.


Matters of Life and Death

Matters of Life and Death

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An exploration of the three cardinal transgressions, legal guidelines in coercive circumstances, and the obligation to save another's life.


Preservation of Life

Preservation of Life

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Human life is a premier value in Jewish life, often superseding other concerns.


Belief in God

Belief in God

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Strengthening one's intellectual understanding and emotional connection to the Divine.


Mutual Responsibility

Mutual Responsibility

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All Jews are responsible to keep one another on the proper path.


The Rules of Halacha

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Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai.


Respecting God in Speech

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A comprehensive guide to the philosophy and laws of pronouncing the Name of God.


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World of Love #6 - Doing Good Unto Others

World of Love #6 - Doing Good Unto Others

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Doing good unto others is a key component of spiritual health.


World of Love #5 - Closeness to God

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World of Love #4 - Glow of Accomplishment

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One of the highest human pleasures is that of accomplishment -- completing a job well done.


World of Love #3 - Uniqueness of Mankind

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World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

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What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.


World of Love #1 - Purpose of Creation

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World of Love #8 - Physical-Spiritual Unity

World of Love #8 - Physical-Spiritual Unity

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The greatest satisfaction is accomplishing in a world where God is hidden.