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A Life of Illumination:Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto   $5.00

As explained in the first lecture on R. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal, as he is commonly known, claimed to have had personal contact with the spirit world through a Magid, an angelic teacher, who introduced him to other illustrious spiritual luminaries, including Avraham, Moshe and Eliyahu HaNovi, the prophet. He put those teachings down in writing and produced many works during the three year period in which he claimed to have had these visions, from 1727 to 1730. All of this came to the attention of many of the leading Rabbis of Europe who feared that these revelations, like those of Shabbtai Tzvi and his followers, came from an impure source, and if they were to become public, they would lead others astray and perhaps be the source material for another sectarian movement. Despite the unceasing efforts of his revered teacher, R. Yeshaya Bassan, he was pursued by these Rabbis, and the writings which he authored during that period were eventually buried and burned. He continued on, though, after leaving his native Padua Italy, to become a leading Rabbi in Amsterdam and finally in the land of Israel, where he authored some of Jewry’s most treasured literature. That story is the subject of this lecture.

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