2 thoughts on “Keller Disses Bloggers, Again! – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I think he was saying that you merely regurgitate material. Bloggers arent on the front lines of any major conflict covering them. They are merely verbally masturbating.

    And what dialouge have you tried to promote in the Israeli and Palestinian Arab conflict?

    Your explination of Tikun Olam says its a “Kabbilistic term”. Its a hebrew term that literally means “bettering the world”, not repair or mend. Its not a only kabbilistic philosophy but a jewish one. And according the jewish tradition the vessels werent destroyed but were hidden. Where are you learning all of this kabbalah from? Try learning about judiasm first before you delve into one of its more advanced topics. Its like someone trying to understand nuclear physics without understanding newtons 3 laws of motion.

  2. Steven seems to be a Hebrew, Kabbalah and Judaism expert though he doesn’t even bother to read through any of my posts about Judaism and Hebrew literature here. If he did, he’d know that I have an Bachelor of Hebrew Literature degree from Jewish Theological Seminary AND an MA in Comparative Literature (majoring in Hebrew) from UCLA. I’ve studied two complete academic years at the Hebrew University (all courses in Judaica and Hebrew literature AND all in Hebrew). So tell me again Steven, where does your expertise come from? And where do your bogus definitions of Hebrew words come from?

    So let’s correct Steven’s errors: the word tikun does NOT mean ‘bettering the world.’ It means as I wrote, to repair or mend the world. One could say tikun olam means ‘bettering the world’ only in the sense that by repairing it we make it better. But that is a secondary, not primary meaning. Oh & Steven–how much Kabbalah do you know? Clearly little or none. Tikun olam is an important term in kabbalistic tradition. The Kabbalah/Zohar was written in Aramaic, a language closely related to Hebrew. So of course the term is both from Kabbalah and Hebrew. There’s no dichotomy or distinction as Steven seems to imply.

    Steven, Steven–the term for broken vessels is “svirat ha-keylim” or “breaking of the vessels.” Go read your Gershom Scholem. I learned my Kabbalah for starters from Gershom Scholem (in book form), the 20th century’s greatest explicator of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, and his colleagues at the Hebrew University (in person). Not to mention countless other seminal tracts on the subject while studying Jewish mysticism at the Hebrew University. Where are you getting your facts from? Madonna?

    See what I hate about comments like this is that they come from know-it-alls who presume, without much basis in fact, to know everything about any given subject without knowing very much at all. But to hear them tell it, their views on the subject are Law. It’s pathetic really & it gives our religion a bad name to have people like Steven telling us all what Judaism means & that we’re not adequately observing it

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