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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 […]
55. Foundations of the Torah
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The mitzvos in the first of the 14 categories (detailed in section 54) are those that the Rambam discusses in Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah (the laws of foundations of the Torah) in his magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. The reason for these mitzvos, he tells us, is self-evident. [III, 36] If you examine them one by […]