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Tzarich Iyun: Rashi’s Daughters
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Misconception: Rashi’s daughters wore tefillin. Fact: There is no evidence that Rashi’s daughters wore tefillin. Background: Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known colloquially as “Rashi,” is the commentator par excellence on both the Torah and Talmud. Born in Troyes in northern France in 4801 (1040 CE), he descended on both sides from influential families. He studied in […]
What Real Bitachon Feels Like
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Imagine a five-year-old, walking with her mother into the hospital for her second chemotherapy treatment. The little girl knows what’s coming. She remembers the pain. She understands the nausea. She knows what it’s like to brush her hair and watch clumps come out. Yet, she holds her mother’s hand, and goes along, because “Mommy said […]
Hashem’s Right Arm
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The Hafetz Haim writes (Sha’ar Ha’tvunah, chapter 10) that our world is like a drop in the bucket compared to the upper worlds.  The Gemara in Masechet Avodah Zarah (3) tells that the heavenly realm consists of 18,000 worlds, and there are millions upon millions of angels singing Hashem’s praises.  Tanna De’beh Eliyahu teaches that […]
Tzarich Iyun: Kosher Soap
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Misconception:There is no valid reason to use kosher soap. Fact: There is a solid halachic basis for using kosher soap exclusively. Background: People often fail to consider what a marvelous substance soap is—when used with water, it loosens unwanted particles, emulsifies grease and absorbs dirt into foam. Its efficacy is usually due to a chemical […]
63. The Highest Form of Perfection
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The Hebrew word “chachma” (generally translated as “wisdom”) can mean four different things, and the Rambam provides a few examples of each. [III, 54] (1) It can mean knowledge of truths that bring us to knowledge of God (as in Job 28:12 and Proverbs 2:4); this is how we use it most often. (2) It […]
Stop Playing God
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Eighty percent of our emunah problems and ninety percent of our questions on Hashem stem from one mistake—we play God. Playing God means I know exactly what I need. I need to marry that woman. I need that job. I need my child to get into that school. I’ve talked to Hashem about it. I’ve […]