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45. Moderation
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Deios 1:2 Each character trait may have contrasting extremes but there also a variety of distinct moderate points. A person has some of these traits inherently, from conception. Some traits are conducive to one’s personality, so one will acquire these rather easily. Other traits are learned from others or are things that one acquires on […]
44. Character Traits
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Yesodei HaTorah 10:5 When a prophet tells us that another person is also a prophet, we accept his word without having to test the second person. Therefore, when Moses announced that Joshua was a prophet, all the Jews accepted this even before Joshua performed any wonders. This is also true for subsequent generations. Once a […]
43. Prophecies Always Come to Pass
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Yesodei HaTorah 10:3 Since magicians and sorcerers also predict the future, how are they different from prophets? For starters, some prophecies made by sorcerers may come true but others do not. Isaiah 47:13 says, “Let the astrologers, the stargazers and the prognosticators arise and save you from what will come upon you” – the implication […]
42. Testing a Prophet
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Yesodei HaTorah 10:1 If a prophet arises and tells us that God sent him, he does not have to prove it by performing wonders like Moses, Elijah and Elisha, who changed the course of nature. The proof of his claim will be the fulfillment of his prediction of some future event, as per Deuteronomy 18:21, […]
41. Claims of the False Prophet
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Yesodei HaTorah 9:4 If a prophet tries to abolish something that was transmitted as part of our oral tradition, or if he claims regarding a Torah law that God told him to render a certain judgment, or if he claims to know the law in a particular matter saying that it follows a certain opinion, […]
Asher Yatzar
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The minimum amount to urinate or defecate and be able to say asher yatzar is any quantity (kolshehu). If you did not say asher yatzar immediately after finishing, you may still say the blessing until the next time you feel the need to urinate or defecate. Say asher yatzar, even when you cannot wash your […]
40. Violating a Torah Law
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Yesodei HaTorah 9:2 If no prophet is equal to Moses, what is meant when the Torah says, “I will appoint a prophet like you from among their brethren; I will place My words in his mouth and he will speak…” (Deuteronomy 18:18)? The intention is not that the future prophet will come to innovate a […]