A couple more founder-yids for the genealogists to know about

R. Yakov Yosef of Polonnoye, who is regarded as the most reliable source of the verbatim teachings of the Baal Shem Tov


Many of the sources concerning the Gaon and Hassidiut we received from R. Hayyim of Volozhin

A lot of these books aren’t so easy to find because the spellings of the names vary so much.

A book on Yaakov Yosef of Polnoy for instance here.

And Chaim of Volozhin’s chief text can be read here.

Further, you can read about the emergence of “Habad” here.

George Washington died between the times Yosef of Polonnoye and Hayyim of Volozhin died. Yosef was more like George in that he prevailed over Hayyim like George did Britain. Talking to zogmericans about this is fun.

I research this when I ragequit from being unable to copy the Greek script from this

I feel the pulse of the real conflict in the west. For that I feel like a “real fascist”.

Here is Hayyim (the chief disciple of the Gaon) with one clue

Concerning the known group [the hasidim] they claim that all is just a transgression for the sake of heaven. However if this were so, then why do we need six hundred and thirteen commandments

The Gaon was suspicious of the Hasidim in part because they arose from the same time and place as the Frankist movement.

Hayyim again

one should not rest on the advice of the [evil] inclination

I’m pulling this from an academia.edu article here – these things are written seemingly oblivious to their contemporary political implications.

I omitted something from Maimon’s autobiography because it was pretty crude- he claimed that one of these “transgressions” was about taking dumps in front of each other. And he stated all too vaguely that embracing all sensuality was also part of it. So maybe from this “Gaonian” literature we can discover more about the meaning of this.

Since they were so cloistered from the goyim we need to rely on their fellow jews to tell us about this

The One vs. the Many, the Greeks, etc.

chapter three argues against the notion Hassidism promotes that God is everywhere and in everything equally since this destroys the hierarchy of Halakha that there are holy, profane and impure places.

It IS a debate about the nature of Being.

It goes without saying that today’s jews seem more like the Hasidim than the Gaonians. Since, like the Hasidim, they abandoned study, they wouldn’t even know why they are the way that they are.

This is relativism at best, nihilism at worst

this teaching has reached the general public, and is a metaphor espoused even by fools saying that every place and everything is absolute Godliness. And they aim constantly to deepen their understanding and to study it, to the point that it captures the heart/minds of the young and immature

Like I’ve tried to show, there are legitimate ways of believing in “the One” without lapsing into relativism. The Gaon was worried that mainstreaming esoteric Judaism would result in rampant misinterpretation.

Why are jews always at the vanguard of degeneracy? For them, cladistically, absolute Godliness is in everything.

Hayyim again

For if (heaven forefend) our heart/mind would fixate on this idea, to permit ourselves to act based on this idea, it’s possible for the effect of this (heaven forefend) to be the destruction of many of the holy Torah’s basic principles (may the Merciful save us). And with ease he would be trapped (heaven forefend) in the snare of the [evil] inclination

He says the sages warned of this.

As you might expect, his argument gets pretty mystical

The Hasidim followed the Sabbateans in believing the world of Atzilut had arrived

The ten s’feerote [sefirot] that have within them the emanation of the King [Meaning the ten s’feerote from the world of Ahtzeeloot], He and His essence are one in them, they and their life force are one in them, which is not the case for the ten s’feerote of B’reeya [Beriyah] where they and He are not one…

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