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Aryeh Kaplan

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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Tevet 4, 5782
Question
did Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan have ruach hakodesh, do you think this essay might have been ruach hakodesh? happy hanukah!
Answer
ב"ה Shalom Belated Chanuka wishes. Your question only reached my desk today. I don't think we should get carried away here and think that the things he wrote about creation were revealed to him in Ruach Hakodesh. Even if indeed had Ruach Hakodesh it would be to reveal to him the esoteric meaning of creation or/ and how G-d who is infinite can create that which is finite. The Torah is not a science book, it is not coming to teach us physics. Furthermore, even had things about creation had been revealed to Rabbi Kaplan zt"l, he would not have the permission to reveal it to others, since the inner meaning of creation is not meant to be taught to the masses. As a matter of fact, the Kabbalists who do understand creation can only pass on its secrets to one student at a time. (See Mishna Chagiga 2:1 and Rambam's commentary ibid, Rambam Yesodei Hatorah 4:1) But as I have said in one of my previous answers to you, we don't know to what stage of editing Rabbi Kapaln zt"l was in the omitted passage and what his assumptions and intentions were in writing it. I see you are truly fascinated by Rabbi Kaplan zt"l, there is indeed so much to learn from him and his writings. There is no benefit in immersing oneself in one unpublished passage of which we don't know enough about. I have created entire lessons from the references in a single footnote in his books. All the best
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