Shelomo Alfassa The Palm Tree of Deborah - Tomer Deborah
B'siyata d'shmaya - With the help of Heaven

'The Palm Tree of Deborah' (Tomer Deborah) is an ethical discourse devoted to the doctrine of the imitation of the Almighty. This work, first published in Venice in 1588, is a symbiosis of Kabbalah and classic Jewish ethics. It was penned by the Kabbalist and Talmudist, the Spanish rabbi of Ottoman Safed, Hakham Moshe Kordovero, an authority and intellectual well versed in Judeo-Arabic philosophy.

In his book, Kordovero proceeds systematically through the various known attributes of God and explains how we as humans can work on improving ourselves by imitating those attributes to the best of our ability. The book was named after the Book of Judges 4:5: “As she sat under the palm-tree of Deborah between Ramah and Beth-El in the hill-country of Ephraim; and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”


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The Palm Tree of Deborah
Published by ISLC

ISBN: 978-0-9763226-1-0
2009 - 6x9 inch Perfect Bound
(soft cover) 112 pgs.

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About the author: Shelomo Alfassá oversees Special Projects for the American Sephardi Federation. From 2006-2009 he was the US Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries. He is the founder and former Executive Director of the International Sephardic Leadership Council and the editor of the award winning International Sephardic Journal. Mr. Alfassá served as former Director of Research and Development for Sephardic House at the Center for Jewish History. He is the editor of Ethnic Sephardic Jews in the Medical Literature and Reference Guide to the Nazis and Arabs During the Holocaust. His articles have appeared in the media such as The Jewish Press, Israel National News, Image Magazine, Moment Magazine and several other publications.


 

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Alternate Keywords: Cordovero Tamar Devorah Devora Debora Debra Debra Ramak