- Rabbi Benjamin Blech
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Rabbi Blech’s most recent book is The Sistine Chapel: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s starting work on the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, this groundbreaking book is already the subject of huge interest, discussion and controversy. Translated into 15 languages, available in 25 countries, a first printing of 100,000 copies by HarperOne, movie and TV rights presently in negotiation with three major film companies and with national TV coverage, this major work proves that Michelangelo incorporated many teachings of Jewish Midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel.
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Author: YOSEF FIDDLER ,
the opinion that the "tree of knowledge" was a fig tree is a gemara Sanhedirin 70b, mentioned by rashi in his commentary on breishis, not of kaballistic origin as rabbi blech claims. the "tikun hacheit" is also alluded by rashi, (although the term is a kaballistic one) however see tosafos sanhedrin 70b