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Hashem Loves You
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I was speaking in an out-of-town community on the topic of the four levels of emunah. I spent some time dwelling on the third level: that Hashem knows our thoughts. I explained the parable of the transparent man, and that Hashem peers into my essence and knows exactly what I’m thinking as I think it. […]
The Master Shadchan
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The Gemara says מה‘ אשה לאיש, marriages are orchestrated by Hashem. In other areas of life, we are supposed to put in our full hishtadlut, and only then does Hashem bless our efforts. However, when it comes to shiduchim, the Vilna Gaon writes,‘בזה יש לבטוח בה, we are to put total trust in Hashem. Rav […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Har HaBayit
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Misconception:Many religious Jews do not visit Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount) today. This is because we are all presumed to be in a state of tumat met (ritual impurity due to “contact” with the dead), and a tamei met is prohibited from ascending Har HaBayit. (Since the removal of tumat met requires the use of […]
How to Take an Insult
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When I was in third grade, I had a teacher who taught us how to accept a compliment. “Don’t squirm,” she would say. “Look the person in the eye, and say thank-you.” While this was wise advice, I don’t recall any teacher telling us how to take an insult. The Chovos HaLevavos does (Sha’ar Bitachon […]
59. How the Spiritually-Perfected Become Vulnerable
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Having described in great detail how one can get close to God, an idea occurs to the Rambam, which he feels answers a philosophical difficulty that may bother some people. [III, 51] He previously discussed how human beings enjoy individual providence, but not all to the same degree. Rather, the closer a person is to […]