Toras HaOlah by
Printed during the Rema’s lifetime!
Insights and elaborate discussions on the significance and meaning of the Beis Hamikdash, its detailed and precise measurements, the holy vessels, and the priestly garments, as well as discussions on the reasons and meaning of korbanos.
The Rema himself wrote of his sefer that it contains “wonderful explanations in the wisdom of kabbalah” (Shu”t Rema Ch. 121).
The Rema integrates both kabbalah and philosophy in this sefer, expressing that “the wisdom of kabbalah is the wisdom of philosophy; they are just speaking in two languages” (Toras Ha’olah Vol. 3 Ch. 4). The present work repeatedly cites the Rambam’s Guide to the Perplexed.
Sefer Toras Ha’olah was the second sefer that the Rema brought to print.
Prague, 1570. Page Count: , 173 leaves. Description: Illustrated title page with border. Bibliography: Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod #500.
Rabbi Moshe Isserless, known as the Rem”a, was born in Krakow, sometime around the year 1535. He traveled to Lublin in his youth where he studied by the great Rabbi Shalom Shachna of Lublin, later marrying his daughter. Following his marriage he settled in Krakow and began teaching Torah. Many of his disciples went on to become leading rabbis, such as the Sm”a, the Levush, the Masas Binyamin, Rabbi Avraham Horowitz – father of the Shla”h, and others.
The Rema was appointed Rabbi of the great city of Krakow despite his young age and served in this position for twenty years. He passed away at a young age, on Lag (33rd) Ba’omer of 5333 (1573).
The Rema is looked upon as the Father of Ashkenazic Jewry and his authority in Halacha is the highest for Ashkenaz Jewry. Until the rise of the Nazi regime, thousands would flock to his grave and a large gathering took place by his gravesite on Lag Ba’omer.
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