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Tzarich Iyun: Mar Cheshvan
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Misconception:The complete and correct name for the month following Tishrei is Cheshvan, and it is a quaint tradition to call it Mar Cheshvan because it is bitter (Hebrew: mar) due to its lack of holidays. Fact: The correct name for this fall month is the one word Marcheshvan/M’rachsh’van[1] (Aruch ashulchan, Even Ha’ezer 126:17). Background: The […]
Worth the Wait
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A woman emailed me that she has been waiting so long to get married and doesn’t even see a glimmer of hope on the horizon. She is doing her part, but is not seeing results. Every one of her friends is married with families, and she feels left behind all alone. She asked for Chizuk […]
2.9. The Nature of Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We speak of God’s providence as if it’s a single thing but it actually involves two separate components: God’s awareness of all things and the influence that He exerts. [II, 5.1] When it comes to God’s awareness, we know that He is necessarily omniscient. Everything that ever […]
2.8. Individual Providence
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We have discussed how a person’s role in this life is to choose good in a world that offers both good and bad. This choice can manifest in many forms: ego vs. humility; mercy vs. hard-heartedness; being satisfied with one’s lot vs. always feeling the need for […]