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55. How to Sleep
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Deios 4:5 A person should not sleep on his stomach or on his back, but on his side. One should sleep on his left side at the start of the night and on his right side at the end of the night. One should not go to sleep too soon after eating; one should wait […]
54. Rest and Nutrition
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Deios 4:3 A person should always eat in a seated position or reclining on his left side. One should not walk around, ride, or exert himself until his food has been digested. A person who exerts himself after eating brings upon himself serious illnesses. Deios 4:4 Day and night combine to form a twenty-four hour […]
53. Healthy Habits
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Deios 4:1 Maintaining a healthy and fit body is part of a person’s service of God because one cannot pursue knowledge of his Creator when he is sick. Therefore, a person must avoid things that harm the body and he must accustom himself to things that are healthy and make the body strong. Specifically, a […]
52. Healthy Intentions
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Deios 3:2 A person should direct his heart and all of his behavior towards one goal: getting to know God. A person’s sleeping, waking, and speech should all be dedicated to this purpose. For example, when doing business or working, one should not think only of making money. Rather, one should do these things so […]
51. Self-Deprivation
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Deios 2:7 A person should not be frivolous and always laughing, nor should he be gloomy and depressed. Rather, one should just be happy. The Sages said that jesting and levity accustom a person to lewdness. They instructed that a person not laugh uncontrollably, nor be sad and mournful. Rather, one should greet everyone in […]
50. Silence and Honesty
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Deios 2:5 Silence is a safeguard for wisdom. Therefore, one should not be quick to reply, nor should he speak at length. One should teach his students calmly, without shouting or verbosity. Regarding this, Koheles 9:17 says, “The words of the wise are heard in tranquility.” Deios 2:6 A person is not permitted to act […]