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47. The Path of God
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Deios 1:6 The explanation of “You shall walk in His ways” (Deuteronomy 28:9,) is:” Just as God is gracious, so shall we be gracious; just as He is merciful, so shall we be merciful; just as He is holy, so shall we be holy.” The same is true for other traits we attribute to God: […]
46. Wisdom vs. Piety
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Deios 1:4 The straight path is the midpoint of each character trait that a person possesses. It should be equidistant from the two extremes, not too close to either of them. Therefore, the Sages said that a person must evaluate his traits in order to evaluate them and redirect them towards the middle path. For […]
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, […]