Rav Avraham Elya Kaplan


    • Essays
      The following articles are scans from “Be’iqvos haYir’ah“, in PDF format:

      • Be’iqvos haYir’ah: Yir’as Hashem is not being bent over, huddled in fear. Rather, gilu bire’adah be joyful while trembling!
      • Shtei Derachim: A comparison of mussar and chassidus, centering around a story about R’ Yisrael Salanter’s encounter with the Lubavitcher Rebbe RaSha”B.
      • Shetayim Shehein Achas: How can Judaism embrace both compassion and a call “Praiseworthy be the one who grabs their infants…” (Tehillim 137:9)?
      • On organizing a Commentary to Talmud Bavli (in Hebrew; off-site): R’ Avaham Elyah Kaplan’s essay introducing a proposed commenary to Sha”s.



There was a man,
A man whose life was creation,
A man whose creation was life.

There was a man who sang and who learned and who taught,
And who thought and who rejoiced
And who loved and who grieved.

And all of his words were alive and illuminated
With the light of Avraham Avinu’s furnace,
A brilliant light that escapes from between his words
That like a hammer shatters rock,
The light of the secrets of Yisroel,
The light of the secret of the world.

And the light became life,
The light of life, a life of light.
“And he is no longer.”

Is he no longer?

Wasn’t the brilliance of his smiling eyes absorbed
In the light of my eyes, in the light of your eyes,
You, my brother in sorrow, who knew him?

Will it not happen that his image will flash out and illumine us?
Will it not happen that we will see him smiling at us?

Accompanying us in our determined pursuits, in attempts to be “alive,”
In our ascents, in the joy of our creations?

Let us impart to all who come within our precincts
From the light of his eyes, from the light of his soul.

And they will live by them.

And he will live in them.

– Dr. Fyvel Meltzer, Telzer “HaNe’eman”, 1929