The Tosafot approached the gemara as an ever expanding expression of Gd’s law, the Haside Ashkenaz saw the world as an infinite expression of Divine will. The pietist movement of the 13th century is lesser known than that founded in the 18th, but its influence on the culture of Ashkenaz is far more fundamental.
Mike teaches Hasidut, Rav Kook, Halakhah at Pardes. He has learned Torah in a number of Jerusalem area institutions, including Yeshivat HaMivtar, the Mir Yeshiva and Sulam Yaakov. He received smicha (rabbinic ordination) from Sulam Yaakov in conjunction with completing the Israeli Rabbinate’s laws of kashrut certification. Mike has been active in Jewish education, formal and informal, for many years. Click here to read more.