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Words Can (Literally) Give Life
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Words of Chizuk are so powerful. They can take a person who is down and out and lift him up. They can change lives and give people hope. Most people don’t have the opportunity to physically save a life, but we all have the ability to enable others to live their lives with peace-of-mind and […]
2.6. The Basic Idea of Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– It should be obvious that if something exists, either in Heaven or on Earth, it must be because God deemed that thing necessary and useful in fulfilling His plan for the universe. The laws of physics were designed so that everything in the universe could serve its […]
But I’m Just Not Sure
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What happens if you sort of, kind of, feel this person is the right one—but you’re just not sure? What do you do? The first thing you do is speak the situation over with someone older and wiser than you, the main goal being to help you sort out your feelings and help you identify […]
Tzarich Iyun: Mayim Achronim
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Misconception:Mayim achronim (washing before bentching) is a chumrah (stringency) in which women need not participate. The water used for mayim achronim needs to either be covered or removed from the table. Fact: Mayim achronim is an obligation equally incumbent upon men and women. There is scant basis for covering or removing the water. Background: An […]
Bounce Back
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A man told me that it seemed that he was finally going to get his salvation from a long-standing problem, but at the last minute, the whole thing fell apart. Now he has to start all over from scratch. In general, it is hard to keep fighting for something without seeing results. However, after almost […]