Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sefer Kol Hator - By One of the Talmidei HaGra - Re Keitz Yamim - Avail. Online

I just found that the sefer Kol Hator is available online in pdf form. It was written by one of the talmidei HaGra and is available online at I just printed it out for myself (pages 86-241 of the pdf) This sefer was relied upon heavily in this book, which dealt with how the development of feminism fits into the progression toward the Geula.

Update: Avakesh, in this post, linked to an English translation of the 3rd and most apropos, perek of Kol Hator HERE.

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Anonymous said...

wow! I don't know if i'll get to kol hator but this book "the moon's lost light" looks SO interesting! I just read the article- how the author waited 20 years to have all the pieces come together to understand. goes to show how yiddishkeit needs so much patience. no instant 'spirituality'.

Anonymous said...

Without getting to much into the politics, there has been much research into whether this book is authentic. See for example,


DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...


At the beginning of the section that I indicated in the main post, Rav Menachem Kasher does a very effective job of debunking the various claims that have been made against the authenticity of the authorship of Kol Hator.

Menashe said...

There are litvish bochurim that are convinced the Gra was somehow against pnimius hatorah. He was one of the biggest mekubolim of his time!

Granted we have some disagreements..

Anonymous said...

Some background on this work:

Neshama said...

You may want to visit for Rabbi Hillel Shklover's scarcely known text by the Gaon of Vilna's grand-nephew and disciple, for the Gaon's Kol Hator. Unless otherwise noted, everything written in this book, including chapter and section division, is from the pen of Rabbi Hillel Shklover. The "Yedid Nefesh" institute was founded by Rabbi Yechiel Avraham Bar Lev in 1987. You will find both the Talmud Yerushalmi and Talmud Bavli, plus Halacha, and FOUR Notable HASKAMOT. Other sites on the web need be scrutinized for authenticity.

devorah said...

I just read this post, about three quarters of a year too late, but I still hope that I can do some good by commenting here.

I wrote a booklet called Whatever Happened to the Aschalta Degeula, which is a free download on Jewish e-books. I put an appendix at the end where I discuss the validity of Kol HaTor, which I definitely believe in. So did Rav Chaim Friedlander, one of the editors of Michtav MeEliyahu, and a mashgiach in Ponevizh Yeshivah. I ask anyone who is bothered by the question of Kol HaTor's validity to read this appendix.

D. Fastag (Heshelis)
author of T
The Moon's Lost Light

P.S. My real name is Fastag. I originally used the pen name Heshelis but I later decided that a pen name was unnecessary and have reprinted the book using my real name.