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Acquiring Torah
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Torah is greater than the priesthood or sovereignty, for sovereignty is acquired with thirty virtues, the priesthood with twenty-four, and Torah is acquired with forty-eight qualities. These are: 1) study, 2) listening, 3) verbalizing, 4) comprehension of the heart, 5) awe, 6) fear, 7) humility, 8) joy, 9) purity, 10) attending to the sages, 11) […]
A Tail Among Lions
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Rabbi Masya son of Cheresh used to say: be first in greeting every man. Be a tail among lions rather than a head to foxes. – Avos 4:20 The above quoted text appears to be two axioms rather than one. The former seems to be simpler and straightforward. In the second perek of Pirkei Avos […]
34. The Three Kinds of Evil
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The Rambam says that there are three kinds of evil in the world. [III, 12] The first is based on the fact that man is a physical and temporal being. Because of this, we are subject to physical ailments, whether based on weaknesses in our own constitutions or exposure to harmful agents in our environments. […]
Tzarich Iyun: Errors in Laining
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Misconception: If a baal korei (person publicly reading the Torah) makes an error that alters the meaning of the text and he has already read God’s name in that verse, he must first finish the verse and then reread the entire verse. Fact: There is no need to first complete the verse, nor to restart […]
Torah and Derech Eretz
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Rabbi Elazar the son of Azaria would say: If there is no Torah, there is no social decorum; if there is no social decorum there is no Torah. If there is no wisdom, there is no fear of Hashem; if there is no fear of Hashem, there is no wisdom. If there is no applied knowledge, there is […]
33. Is There More Good or Evil in the World?
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Many people mistakenly believe that there is more evil in the world than there is good. They come to this erroneous conclusion because they narrowly focus on details of their own individual circumstances rather than looking at the big picture. [III, 12] An ignorant person considers the world as existing to fulfill his own whims, […]