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56. Ritual Purity and Impurity
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As noted above (in section 54), the Rambam says that the laws of ritual purity and impurity serve to limit people’s ability to enter the Temple at will. This served to create a sense of awe and reverence for the Temple, in line with Leviticus 19:30, “…you shall revere My sanctuary.” [III, 47] Human nature […]
The Third Level of Emunah: Hashem Knows My Thoughts
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Imagine that you hear about this Rabbi from Monsey. Rumor has it that he’s a real nice man. In fact, every Friday afternoon he helps out this old widow. He shops for her. He does her laundry. He’s even on his knees, scrubbing her floors. You are very impressed; he sounds like a real tzaddik. […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Meaning of “Pesach”
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Misconception:The only meaning of “Pesach,” the Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover, is “to pass over.” Fact: While that is a correct translation, an equally valid, and possibly older, translation is “to have compassion for.”[1] Background: The name of the spring holiday, and its associated temple animal offering, is based on a description first […]