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3.6 – Introduction to Shaar HaBechinah (The Gate of Examination)
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Sources refer to Rabbi Bachaye ibn Pakuda’s Chovos HaLevavos (Duties of the Heart)  ************************************   God’s kindnesses are universal as Psalms 145:9 tells us, “God is good to all.” Nevertheless, many people are unable to see this for themselves. There are three reasons why people fail to recognize God’s goodness: (1) People are too wrapped […]
The Ramchal’s Derech
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Commemorating the 270th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (Ramchal) zt”l, starting Monday night, May 21, 2017 (26 Iyar 5777). Previous: Life of the Ramchal Next: Perspectives on Derech Hashem: How it Embodies the Ramchal’s Life’s Work   ***************************** Rabbi Bechhofer shares thoughts from the Ramchal on parsha What Really Happened at Har Sinai Ribbis […]
Is There a Mitzva to be Married?
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Introduction The commentaries discuss how to legally categorize the halakhic institution of marriage. On the one hand, it is evident that the Torah desires that men and women marry (Bereishit 2:18) and that there is a positive commandment to bear children (ibid. 1:28; Yevamot 65b). But can the act of finding a partner and initiating […]
Who’s Behind Anti-Semitism?
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Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have been persecuted by the nations of the world. Chazal call us: “כבש בין שבעין זאבין”- A sheep amongst seventy wolves. We say in the Haggadah: “בכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותינו”-In every generation they are strategizing how to wipe us out. “והקדוש ברוך הוא מצילינו מידם”- And Hashem […]
Life of the Ramchal
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Commemorating the 270th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (Ramchal) zt”l, starting Monday night, May 21, 2017 (26 Iyar 5777). Next: The Ramchal’s Derech   ***************************** Rabbi Bechhofer shares thoughts from the Ramchal on parsha What Really Happened at Har Sinai Ribbis – The Snake Bite Pulling the Pieces Together