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Gnosticsm and anti-Judaism[edit]

I finally came arcoss your question on the anti-Semitism talk page. Sounds like an interesting thesis to relate the gnostic idea of the demiurge to anti-Judaism, but I don't know what you could get out of original sources. I doubt there's anything existing on this to put in an encyclopedia. -- Kendrick7talk 22:34, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

I may never be able to track it down, since I don't have time/inclination, but I know that the idea has been around for many years (that there is a possible influence of gnosticism on anti-semitism). It's probably discussed somewhere, in some book, but it would take a student/scholar of anti-semitism to find it.Jimhoward72 07:42, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Forgive me for bumping this. We are discussing this very thing on the gnosis talkpage.

LoveMonkey (talk) 13:23, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

I saw that you edited the Kabbalah article[edit]

I saw that you helped edit this article; I invite you to join my new Wikipedia: WikiProject Kabbalah. Lighthead 22:30, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Theistic Satanism[edit]

I saw your edits, thank you for your help.Rev. Michael S. Margolin 22:08, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

you're welcome - still needs more work.

Thank you for your comment in Satanism Discussion page. I just hope it hasn't fallen on deaf eyes.Rev. Michael S. Margolin (talk) 16:00, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

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Mass of Saint-Sécaire[edit]

Hi, I left a note for you on the talk page for The Mass of Saint-Sécaire - don't know if you've seen it or not. Was just wondering if you could point me towards a copy of the French text that you mentioned?

Thanks! TCleghorn (talk) 22:13, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

(Also put this on my Talk page in response to you, just wanted to make sure you saw it) Jim, I'd be nothing but pleased, and I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'll be blogging the St Sécaire literature trawl later today (my web site: entirely safe and fun, and I'd appreciate a link to that, actually. You can also get in tough with me on a shorter feedback loop than wp via my site. Ccreitz (talk) 17:08, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

Warnings[edit]

April 2008[edit]

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marking edits as minor or not[edit]

This isn't me being nasty or anything, I just wondered if you could only mark your edits as minor when they are, and not when they're not? If you nearly always mark them as minor, people can't tell which were and which weren't when looking at the description. Merkin's mum 00:50, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Fonts[edit]

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ܐܒܐ ܕܪܒܘܬܐ ܬܐܕܘܪܘܣ ܒܪ ܟܘܢܝ

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References for Satanism article[edit]

True, but there should be references in this specific article as well. Zazaban (talk) 06:18, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

That would work. The thing is, is that it looks like original research, which means that if it stays the way it is, people may repeatedly label it as such, making the same mistake I did. It's a long-ish list, you see, and with no immediately apparent references. Zazaban (talk) 06:27, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

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Shemhamphorasch[edit]

I see you commented on the talk page recently. I just did a search on this variant of the name, and found very little in the way of WP:RS. It looks as though the normal spelling is Shem ha-Mephorash, and I think the article's title should be changed. What do you think? Also, Jim Cornwell self-published (footnote 2) and shouldn't be in the article as a reference. Thanks Dougweller (talk) 08:35, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Saint Secaire[edit]

Hi, sorry for being late... I looked a little in my books. I didn't found anything about black masses. Just one author, Abbé Dambielle, a catholic priest who published in 1907 La Sorcellerie en Gascogne, but he says exactly the same as Bladé and nothing more. But I will see if I find something better. In Bladé, there are lots of tales about unusual masses : with ghosts, wolves, and sabbats... Morburre (talk) 11:25, 4 June 2009 (UTC)

Satanism[edit]

Jim, I will post a list of Famous figures and groups for the pre 60's section but I will bounce them off you and provide my sources before adding anything to the article. Once you agree that what I provide can survive the onslaught of the "LaVey invented Satanism" crowd I will ad it to the article. Been busy as hell great work on the articles.158.184.149.13 (talk) 18:29, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Please use sources that have articles/links to them already in Wikipedia. Someone has been editing these articles and placing a bunch of modern online Internet sources for use as valid refs. I don't think they are valid refs, and it's creating bad articles that look more like tabloid journalism than a valid encyclopedia article. If you use refs, please use well-known scholarly/historical works on witchcraft/satanism (like Robbins' encyclopedia, or some of the historical studies). It will be good to see more valid sources, if you have them. I didn't know if there were too many more to be listed, but I'm sure there are a few others. I had thought of one or two myself, although haven't got to it yet.
Source Eliphas Levi and the French Occult revival,Samuel Weiser Inc ISBN 0-87728-252-8

And wiki has articles on most these guys. Stanislas De Guita (1861-1870) leader of the Cabalistic Order of the Rosy Cross. Josephin Paladan (1858-1919) Writer and leader of his own Rosicrucian movement. Piere Michel Vintras (1807-1875) Visionary and founder of his own cult. Joseph-Antoine Boullan self appointed successor to Vintras. Hoen Wronski (1778-1853) Polish mathematician and occultist. Saint-Yves d'Alveydre (1842-1910)author of many occult works. Eliphas Levi Alphonse-Louis Constant (1810-1875)98.248.38.239 (talk) 04:15, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Ok, great. Now I see your sources, similar to some that are on the list. Thing is, you have to make sure that they were really explicitly identified with Satanism. For example, Levi indeed provided material that had an influence on Satanism (Baphomet drawing, the Lucifer quote that Albert Pike used, the story of the Medici "black mass"-probably a fake story), but it might be unfair to put him on the list as being explicitly identifed with Satanism - people would start to debate about that, and then the whole list could be in jeopardy. (Also, I didn't see satanism mentioned in the article on Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński , or Saint-Yves d'Alveydre). Maybe we could word it to say that he provided some symbolism which became popular in satanism, or something. But then you open up a can of worms - people could start adding whoever they wanted. Anyway, you are right that there aren't enough details about that period - for example, Vintras seems to have been a key influence, but he doesn't have an article and there is no info on his "Church of Carmel". There is a lot of material about French Satanism that is not mentioned in wikipedia - it could certainly be added. Did you see what I wrote about Russian satanism in the talk section? They seemed to have been greatly inspired by French satanism (as was the Polish Stanisław Przybyszewski). I don't know how long to make the list, though. If we keep adding endlessly, it could get too unwieldy. That's why we should try to kind of show "major trends" (as they say in historical phenomenology), so as to present a picture of historical highlights that led up to the satanism of the 20th century.Jimhoward72 (talk) 06:57, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Just another note, seems to me the best stuff to add would to be more on Boullan, and to create an article on Vintras and his Church. If you could get more info on that stuff, and Guaita's debates with them (he wrote something like "The Serpent of Genesis" and "The Temple of Satan" that talks about them), that might provide a lot of good info. Also, the whole feud and debate that Huysmans' and all of them were involved with - that could be another article maybe. But they should be in separate articles, just linked to off of the Satanism page.Jimhoward72 (talk) 07:12, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Manicheism[edit]

Jim Howard, I dislike Wikipedia Beauracracy, sadly no one cares about Manicheism, however I know you do. I would like to hear your opinion on my Writing most importantly the one here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Zaharous/Project_Subpage#Manichean_Theology Furthur more I think that a Wiki Project on Persian Religions would be splendid. How do you suggest we do this? this is quite a good Idea for I knoe one Wikipedia editor part of Wikiproject Zoroastrianism that writes articles on Mandaeism. I think it would be easier to retitle Wikiproject Zoroastrianism, Wikiproject Persian Religions . Also I am curious if the 72 in your user name is some how related to its spiritual significance in religions. --Zaharous (talk) 20:26, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

How do you suggest we describe God in Manicheism when the Manichean conception of God is an emmanationalistic one, with him existing in animals as well? --Zaharous (talk) 00:15, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
Hi, Jim Howard, I have some doubts about this statement in the article Manichaeism, "Although it disappeared earlier in the west, Manichaeism lasted longer in the east, and appears to have finally faded away after the 14th century in southern China” I have some evidences that it spread to India also and remnants of it are still found there. I need more evidences before entering them in this article. If you can provide some concrete evidenes preferably first hand information, that will be helpful. Neduvelilmathew (talk) 17:37, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Sources and the Haavara Agreement[edit]

Black's book appears to be a self-published book, a category of sources which is discouraged per WP:SPS. If it is used as a source for the body of the article, then those portions that are sourced to it should be footnoted to it at the very least, or flagged or removed until a reliable source can be found. If it's not a source for the body of the article, it should not be identified as a source, as you tried to do. And in any case, sales links like the one to amazon are also discouraged here.

Given your recent insertion and defense of an IHR article, you may wish to review WP:Source for guidelines on sources.

--Nat Gertler (talk) 15:06, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

I have no particular knowledge of the Lenni Brenner work; if you want to make a case against it, go ahead. --Nat Gertler (talk) 15:53, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Holocaust[edit]

Why are you inserting Japanese war crime and deleting Japanese Jew related links? Japanese policy was anti holocost, Japanese war crimes were no relavence to holocost.--Bukubku (talk) 14:48, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Satanism article in good hands[edit]

I love your last edit and by it I can see the article is in good hands. Take care Jim and thank you for all your work.Rev. Michael S. Margolin (talk) 18:45, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Well, it's still falling apart at the beginning, again, by random edits that leave paragraphs that don't run well.Jimhoward72 (talk) 18:52, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Gnosticism intro[edit]

Since LoveMonkey has a tendency to filibuster, I thought I'd check with you here. Did you mean insert my intro before the current one, or replace the current one with mine? If the latter, do you think it'd be a god idea to turn the old intro into a "overview" section? Ian.thomson (talk) 17:36, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Manichaeism[edit]

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Please stop reverting[edit]

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April 2011[edit]

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Sources relevant to Mani's ethnic origins[edit]

  • Mani wrote almost all of his writings in Syriac (presumably his native tongue), and only wrote one writing, dedicated to the Persian King Shapur I, in Middle Persian (which, incidentally, is not Parthian language): Henning, W.B., The Book of Giants, BSOAS,Vol. XI, Part 1, 1943, pp. 52-74: "It is noteworthy that Mani, who was brought up and spent most of his life in a province of the Persian empire, and whose mother belonged to a famous Parthian family, did not make any use of the Iranian mythological tradition. There can no longer be any doubt that the Iranian names of Sām, Narīmān, etc., that appear in the Persian and Sogdian versions of the Book of the Giants, did not figure in the original edition, written by Mani in the Syriac language."

Note that if Mani was really Parthian (see Parthian Empire = Arsacid Empire), his language would have been Parthian language, not Syriac, or even Middle Persian (the two languages he actually wrote in).

  • Mani himself always spoke of himself as being Babylonian, and never Persian (whether Parthian or other): From Al-Briruni's Chronology, quoted in Hans Jonas, "The Gnostic Religion", 1958) "From aeon to aeon the apostles of God did not cease to bring here the Wisdom and the Works. Thus in one age their coming was into the countries of India through the apostle that was the Buddha; in another age, into the land of Persia through Zoroaster; in another, into the land of the West through Jesus. After that, in this last age, this revelation came down and this prophethood arrived through myself, Mani, the apostle of the true God, into the land of Babel (Babylon - then a province of the Persian Empire)."
  • Werner Sundermann, the noted Manichaean scholar, summarizes current data we have on Mani thus (Encyclopaedia Iranica, 2009): Sundermann, Werner, "Mani, the founder of the religion of Manicheism in the 3rd century CE", Encyclopaeia Iranica, 2009. Sundermann summarizes the available sources thus: "According to the Fehrest, Mani was of Arsacid stock on both his father’s and his mother’s sides, at least if the readings al-ḥaskāniya (Mani’s father) and al-asʿāniya (Mani’s mother) are corrected to al-aškāniya and al-ašḡāniya (ed. Flügel, 1862, p. 49, ll. 2 and 3) respectively. The forefathers of Mani’s father are said to have been from Hamadan and so perhaps of Iranian origin (ed. Flügel, 1862, p. 49, 5-6). The Chinese Compendium, which makes the father a local king, maintains that his mother was from the house Jinsajian, explained by Henning as the Armenian Arsacid family of Kamsarakan (Henning, 1943, p. 52, n. 4 = 1977, II, p. 115). Is that fact, or fiction, or both? The historicity of this tradition is assumed by most, but the possibility that Mani’s noble Arsacid background is legendary cannot be ruled out (cf. Scheftelowitz, 1933, pp. 403-4). In any case, it is characteristic that Mani took pride in his origin from time-honored Babel, but never claimed affiliation to the Iranian upper class."

Note that on the Talk:Mani (prophet) page, there are four people of the opinion that the conclusions of Sundermann should be those expressed in that article: that Mani's Arsacid background was a legend, and that his native Babylonian (i.e. Aramaic/Syriac) background should be emphasized. This was clearly a consensus that was over-ruled by one single editor, who disruptively continues to assert that Mani was of only Arsacid/Parthian background, and attempts to prevent any editors from stating otherwise.

Note that Mani's mother, according to her name "Maryam", was said to be from the "Armenian Arsacid family of Kamsarakan"; as the German Wikipedia article correctly states, both her name (Maryam), and her origins, indicate she would have been Armenian (not Persian, as Mani (prophet) article currently states).

Note that the particular user in question, deleted from the Mani (prophet) article this statement:

Such medieval accounts as were known, are either legendary or hagiographical, such as the account in Fihrist by Ibn al-Nadim, purportedly by al-Biruni, or anti-Manichaean polemics, such as the 4th century Acta Archelai.

which essential agreed with Sundermann's conclusions (that the Parthian origins were more legend than fact, and that the native Babylonian (i.e. Aramaic, Syrian)), should have more precedence.

For those who can read German (which without a doubt contains more critical research on Mani than any other language), this critical approach to Mani's origins is maintained (the reference, again, being Sundermann's English article): de:Mani_(Religionsstifter)#Herkunft

Unique cultural contributions[edit]

Ctesiphon, center of Nestorian expansion; Mani, Syriac; Mandaeans, Parthian script; B. Talmud, old block script, closest to Mandaean; incantation bowls

Test:[1]


Shechina: Reason Mind Intelligence Thought Understanding
Syriac ܗܘܢܐ haunâ ܡܕܥܐ madde´â ܪܥܝܢܐ reyana ܡܚܫܒܬܐ mahšabtâ ܬܪܥܝܬܐ tar´îtâ
Parthian bâm manohmêd andêšišn parmânag
Sogdian prn, frn 'šy'h, jn' m'nprm'ty 'šm'r'kh ptβyδyy
Chinese xiāng, "phase" xīn, "heart" niàn, "idea" sī, "thought" yì, "meaning"
Turkish qut ög köngül saqinç tuimaq
Arabic
Greek νοῦς Nous εννοια φρονησις ενθυμησις λογισμος
Latin mens sensus prudentia intellectus cogitatio
    • Reason (Syriac: ܗܘܢܐ haunâ; Parthian: bâm; Greek: νοῦς Nous; Chinese: xiāng, "phase")
    • Mind (Syriac: ܡܕܥܐ madde´â; Parthian: manohmêd; Greek: εννοια; Chinese: xīn, "heart")
    • Intelligence (Syriac: ܪܥܝܢܐ reyana; Parthian: ; Greek: φρονησις; Chinese: niàn, "idea")
    • Thought (Syriac: ܡܚܫܒܬܐ mahšabtâ; Parthian: andêšišn; Greek: ενθυμησις; Chinese: sī, "thought")
    • Understanding (Syriac: ܬܪܥܝܬܐ tar´îtâ; Parthian: parmânag; Greek: λογισμος; Chinese: yì, "meaning")
  1. ^ 1)Sundermann, Werner, "Mani, the founder of the religion of Manicheism in the 3rd century CE", Encyclopaeia Iranica, 2009. Sundermann summarizes the available sources thus: "According to the Fehrest, Mani was of Arsacid stock on both his father’s and his mother’s sides, at least if the readings al-ḥaskāniya (Mani’s father) and al-asʿāniya (Mani’s mother) are corrected to al-aškāniya and al-ašḡāniya (ed. Flügel, 1862, p. 49, ll. 2 and 3) respectively. The forefathers of Mani’s father are said to have been from Hamadan and so perhaps of Iranian origin (ed. Flügel, 1862, p. 49, 5-6). The Chinese Compendium, which makes the father a local king, maintains that his mother was from the house Jinsajian, explained by Henning as the Armenian Arsacid family of Kamsarakan (Henning, 1943, p. 52, n. 4 = 1977, II, p. 115). Is that fact, or fiction, or both? The historicity of this tradition is assumed by most, but the possibility that Mani’s noble Arsacid background is legendary cannot be ruled out (cf. Scheftelowitz, 1933, pp. 403-4). In any case, it is characteristic that Mani took pride in his origin from time-honored Babel, but never claimed affiliation to the Iranian upper class." 2) Henning, W.B., The Book of Giants, BSOAS,Vol. XI, Part 1, 1943, pp. 52-74: "It is noteworthy that Mani, who was brought up and spent most of his life in a province of the Persian empire, and whose mother belonged to a famous Parthian family, did not make any use of the Iranian mythological tradition. There can no longer be any doubt that the Iranian names of Sām, Narīmān, etc., that appear in the Persian and Sogdian versions of the Book of the Giants, did not figure in the original edition, written by Mani in the Syriac language." 3) From Al-Briruni's Chronology, quoted in Hans Jonas, "The Gnostic Religion", 1958) "From aeon to aeon the apostles of God did not cease to bring here the Wisdom and the Works. Thus in one age their coming was into the countries of India through the apostle that was the Buddha; in another age, into the land of Persia through Zoroaster; in another, into the land of the West through Jesus. After that, in this last age, this revelation came down and this prophethood arrived through myself, Mani, the apostle of the true God, into the land of Babel (Babylon - then a province of the Persian Empire)."

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Ashkenazi Jews infobox[edit]

Hello :-) I saw you showed interest in the topic of what pictures are used, please take part in the discussion I started on the page. Danton's Jacobin (talk) 15:15, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Yiddish literature and Hasidic stories[edit]

I saw your comment on Talk:Yiddish literature about deleting Hasidic section. I'm sorry to say that I (anonymously) made-expanded this bad-edit section in my early wikipedia days in 2009! (at least I made some recompense by adding the images to the whole article later - though they could be changed for the better) I did this as there already was a nascent "Haskalah and Hasidic literature" section on the page (this old version: [1]). Looking back, I should have put this text on a new Hasidic stories page. Please feel free to revert the Yiddish literature page to its former version - but if you do so, maybe move my text to a new Hasidic stories page? I intend to make such a new page in the future, but haven't got time to do so properly for a long time (including necessary academic research). I notice your background in academic Jewish mysticism; are you able to make a rudimentary Hasidic stories page, which could be linked from this page by a "See also:" section hatnote?

NB. also, weren't the collections of Hasidic stories of tzadikim, many written by ex-Hasidic Jews in the late 1800s for other ex-Hasidic Jews, weren't they in Yiddish? Aren't Hasidic collections of hagiographic stories about Rebbes in Yiddish, rather than Hebrew? I don't know. But, through them, Hasidism influenced the later classic Yiddish writers. Certainly Nachman of Breslav's wonder tales are different, and merit mention on the page. Shivhei HaBesht`s Yiddish version is now seen as a developed translation of the Hebrew original, rather than a different recension ([2]: "The Yiddish is clearly based on the 1814 printed Hebrew text, although, in a typical hagiographic development pattern, it incorporates some additional and alternative oral traditions."); however, wasn't the vernacular Yiddish version much more important for shaping Hasidism - and with other Hasidic story collections, for influencing secular Yiddish literature?

Any help you could offer would be most welcome. Please be bold and unilaterally revert the page to its former version, maybe beginning a nascent Hasidic stories page. Linking the Hasidic stories page from the Yiddish literature page could be a way of resolving the issues and influence of Hasidism on secular Yiddish writers. I have no time for this in the forseable future (and I only get to wikipedia in occasional edit-binges in internet cafes - hence explaining my early bad edit!). Any reply post could be left on my talk page, which I would see at a later time. Regards April8 (talk) 23:35, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

List of Jewish mysticism academics:

Also, in reference to your MA, and your editing work on Gershom Scholem, Joseph Dan, Rachel Elior, origins of Zohar, Jewish Thought etc. - I've begun a rudimentary page: List of Jewish mysticism academics that I really need help on. It seems to me that this page is the essential missing gateway to vastly improving the scholarly coverage on wikipedia of Jewish mysticism/Kabbalah/Hasidism. (Similarly, to step-up coverage of Kabbalistic history, I made a beginning Timeline List of Jewish Kabbalists; and to begin the improvement of Hasidism, a Timeline List of Hasidic leaders) The List of Jewish mysticism academics needs much development, and filling. The page name may need changing, as independent historian researchers outside of academia are also included, with their own religious historiographies. (Eg "List of Jewish mysticism academics and researchers", or "List of Jewish mysticism scholars" - too vague, as it could be mistaken for including traditionalist theological scholars.) Whatever title is chosen could become a "Category:" collection of the included biographical pages. The 3 part division into:
  1. academic scholars of Jewish mysticism/thought/literature (Departments of Jewish Thought/Mysticism)
  2. academic (social/political/gender studies etc.) historians (Departments of Jewish History)
  3. independent/religious historiography/non-critical historian researchers
..also raises some problems: eg. is Martin Buber to be included in the first category, though he interprets Hasidism philosophically, rather than analytically-historically? If not, what about Abraham Joshua Heschel, who seems closer to Gershom Scholem's methodology in his research on Hasidism? Maybe Martin Buber should be included instead in a fourth "interpreters of Jewish mysticism" section, along with Hillel Zeitlin? However, the danger of that would be to blur the boundary with traditionalist theological scholars - the page should not include theologians/Kabbalists/Hasidic teachers, unless they have also written works of historical research on Jewish mysticism (eg. Adin Steinsaltz would be excluded as his books on Jewish mysticism are theological scholarship, Aryeh Kaplan would be included as he also wrote some historical research traditionalist books on Jewish mysticism). Would an academic scholar in the discipline of Jewish folklore/literature be included in the first category, if they have written on eg. Kabbalistic hagiographies? (I guess so). NB. nowadays, unlike in Scholem's time, both university departments of Jewish mysticism and Jewish history co-operate on research/symposiums/publishing with multi-disciplinary cross-over firtilisation of perspectives (especially in the social mysticism of Hasidism).
The Hebrew wikipedia Category page on scholars of Kabbalah and Hasidism is helpful: [3]. NB. Yitzchak Alfasi would be a religious researcher of Hasidism outside of academia, though his methodology may differ from eg. internal Habad historiographical reseachers, by being more critical? How to categorise both in my three-part model? I think the Hebrew wikipedia page of Sholom Ber Levin, chief librarian of the Habad Library in Brooklyn and researcher author of books, might fit in my 3rd category? His mentor, Chaim Lieberman was the librarian researcher who disputed with Scholem and his school (as the Hebrew wikipedia page explains). His inclusion in the 3rd category would indicate that religious historiographical views have a distinguished pedigree also. I think the religious "non-critical" researchers should also be included in their own section of the page; eg Aryeh Kaplan's books on Kabbalah and Meditiation etc. are seminal, if needing caution in academia, eg. Ada Rapoport-Albert in UCL London has examined and published on Habad historiographical research in a paper "Hagiography with footnotes", etc. I also made a page for images on wikimedia commons: Category:Academics of Jewish mysticism, though again it needs renaming to eg. "Academics and researchers of Jewish mysticism". Any ability to help, in reference to your MA background?? Or suggestions, regarding these classification problems I have raised? Any help would be most appreciated, as I think this page is the all-important step-up for Jewish mysticism/Kabbalah/Hasidism on wikipedia. (NB. I'm just a [Habad] Hasidic returnee layman, with an interest in critical Jewish academia scholarship especially of mysticism, and with no ability to read Hebrew/Yiddish. I'm trying to write up both academic and religious perspectives on Kabbalah and Hasidism on wikipedia) Best Wishes April8 (talk) 00:31, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
I've just reformated the above posts and expanded the text, adding further clarifications and questions. I'm about to add important commentary text citation footnotes, to explain the 3 part division model, on the List of Jewish mysticism academics page. (I think the division of the wide ranging different methodologies/disciplines/approaches in Jewish mysticism research is helpful, informative and absolutely necessary; sub-division into geographical regions gives further grasp of the subject.) April8 (talk) 23:37, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, sorry I can't reply in detail to your comments, although I am glad you are making those pages, and will try to contribute when possible. Most of my MA work involved reading texts in original languages, and I really haven't kept up too well with the scholarly debates. I try to contribute to wikipedia from the point of view of original texts. I searched quite a bit to locate original Kabbalistic/Hasidic works in Yiddish, and found very little, or next to nothing. If you actually have sources for original writings that were written in Yiddish (and not translated from Hebrew), I would like to know about them. I've found translations of Zohar sections to Yiddish, and also Rabbi Nachman's stories seem to have originated first in Yiddish. At any rate, [[4]] is a great source for Hebrew and Yiddish PDFs online, and we could always link to them as references for what we write in wikipedia. I'll add your pages to my watch list.Jimhoward72 (talk) 03:30, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for reply. I'll paste the above text of my questions/clarifications about List of Jewish mysticism academics on its talk page (removing references to yourself/myself). My development of the page will probably take an indefinitely long time (do to my questions above, other wikipedia pages I'm working on, and long stretches when I'm too busy to get to wikipedia). In the meantime, if you wish to revert Yiddish literature to its former 2009 version, before I mangled it (anonymously), then please do so (maybe moving my Hasidic text to a new Hasidic stories page stub). See also the commentary footnotes I'll be adding to List of Jewish mysticism academics today, or next week. I may also move the page name to "List of Jewish mysticism academics and researchers" as a proposed solution for now. Best wishes April8 (talk) 20:10, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

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Hi :-) Due to the fact I saw you interested in the topic, I thought you might want to take part in it.

There is a discussion on the Talk:Ashkenazi Jews regarding should Sholem Aleichem and Mikhail Botvinnik be in the collage or not. The discussion is called "Ones and for all, should Sholem Aleichem and Mikhail Botvinnik be in the collage".

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Hi :-)

The majority on the Ashkenazi Jews talk page clearly stated they want Sholem Aleichem in, but Avaya1 continues reverting it.

I started a discussion on the topic in the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard. If it's ok, could you please comment on it what you think about the whole situation? I'm afraid that's the only thing that can finally resolve it.

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The source of the image isn't the issue. The problem is that it's only Fair Use to use a CD cover to illustrate an article about that album. See the licensing template on the image's page, specifically the part that says it can be used "solely to illustrate the audio recording in question", which it isn't doing in this instance. I request that you revert your edit. Thank you, 96.233.50.229 (talk) 11:24, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

Well, then why don't you replace it with this image:

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Because it's the same thing—using the cover of an album to illustrate an article about the band is not fair use. An album cover can only be used in the album's own article (like the Witchcraft cover is). For the band's article it has to be a photograph of the band (one that's not part of an album cover). 96.233.50.229 (talk) 09:30, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

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