Israel Forever

For the week ending 1 February 2020 / 6 Shevat 5780

Kerem Maharal

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Near the Carmel Coast is this settlement, named for the great Torah philosopher and author, Rabbi Livo of Prague. He is often referred to as the “Maharal” — an acronym for Moreinu H ar av L ivo.

Although there are some doubts about the authenticity of the legends of the "golem" he is reputed to have created for protecting his people from hostile anti-Semites, the Maharal occupies a very special place in Jewish history thanks to the much studied volumes of Torah thought which he authored.

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