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Checking Tefillin
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Misconception: Tefillin must be checked twice every seven years to ensure that they are kosher. Fact: The halachah is that tefillin that have been checked and found to be kosher and are then used regularly are not required to be rechecked. Nonetheless, as a stringency, various customs have arisen regarding how often they should be […]
Imagine the Reward
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The Mishna in Pirke Avot says that one moment of spiritual bliss in the Next World is more pleasurable than the entire life of this world. Rabbi Dessler explains that if all the pleasure ever enjoyed by every human being that ever lived would be condensed into one moment, it would still not be as […]
3.4 – God’s Attributes
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Sources refer to Rabbi Bachaye ibn Pakuda’s Chovos HaLevavos (Duties of the Heart)  ************************************ Attributes of God’s Essence (Chapter 10, part I) The attributes we use to describe God can be divided into those of His essence and those of His deeds. The attributes of God’s essence existed even before He created the universe and […]
Kissing the Mezuzah
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Misconception: There is a Talmudic source for the common practice of kissing the mezuzah upon entering and exiting a room. Fact: There is no Talmudic source obligating one to kiss the mezuzah, although there may be a source for touching the mezuzah. Kissing the mezuzah seems to have been introduced by the Arizal (sixteenth century), […]