Sunday, 2 April 2017
121) EMEK HAMELECH - THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE ARI ZAL:
The Tosefta Blog.
A Tribute to Rav Shlomo Elyashiv, Author of Leshem Shevo v-Achloma: On his Ninetieth Yahrzeit, by Joey Rosenfeld.
 Mekor Chaim 9, Parshat Ki Tisa.
 Although a Kabbalist, R. Yehoshua Heschel did not allow his mystical leanings to exert any influence on his halachic writings.
 See: Knorr von Rosenroth‘s Kabbala denudata (1677/1684).
 R. Naftali Hertz drew from R. Yisrael Sarug as well as from R. Shlomo Delmedigo and R. Shabbatai Horowitz although he does not sufficiently acknowledge these sources in his book. However, some still claim the Limudei Atzilut was written by R Chaim Vital. HebrewBooks, for example, lists the author as R. Chaim Vital.
As an interesting aside, according to Jacob Haberman (Jewish Virtual library): ‘R. Joseph Solomon Delmedigo (1591-1655) immersed himself in the Kabbalah for two purposes: (1) To find in it solutions which philosophy could not offer, and (2) to criticize it.’
 Emek haMelech: ch. 11 Introduction (Hakdamat hamechaber) 14a.
 Tosefta Blog August 2009.