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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I don't know whether to laugh or cry ...

after seeing this ad. They must be really desperate to be pulling completely unknown segulas out of a hat.

Has anyone even heard of this sefer? The sefer may be from someone who lived before R' Shimon Bar Yochai or may be from the time of the Ramban. That is a big difference.


At 12:45 PM, Blogger Rafi G. said...

when times are tough, people have to resort to all sorts of tactics...

At 3:47 PM, Blogger joshwaxman said...

interesting. here is a link to the sefer.

indeed, people speculate about the author, who seems to be Rabbi Avraham ben Yitzchak of Grenada. some say he is the same as Rabbi Avraham ben Yitzchak of Narbonne (1110-1179). then again, he cites the Zohar, although some passages he quotes are not in our Zohar. perhaps on this basis we could say that he was post-Zohar, and thus 13th century.

though of course they will say that the *ideas* therein are from much earlier.

even so, a pretty early work. but even so, pretty random.


At 3:47 PM, Blogger joshwaxman said...

oops: the link:


the text that appears begins a few lines down in the first column, vayigash eliyahu.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger Rafi G. said...

see this: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3810212,00.html

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Rafi G. said...

and in this article, various gedolim weigh in on whether this is actually a segulah or a gimmick... http://www.kikar.net/22238.html


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