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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 […]
Get Perspective
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Chazal tell us, “העולם הזה דומה לפרוזדור בפני עולם הבא“- this world is a vestibule in comparison to the next world. We are to fix ourselves here so that we can enjoy an eternal life of bliss over there. Life can be hard sometimes. People suffering from illness, financial problems and family issues often feel […]