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Your Unique Song
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Sometimes a person looks around at what others have, and starts to feel like he is living a deprived life. He thinks to himself, “If only I had his family, or if only I had his business, or if only I had his life…I would accomplish so much more. I would be such a better […]
Tzarich Iyun: Making Berachot after Kiddush
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Misconception:After drinking wine at a kiddush, one is required to make a separate berachah (blessing) over soda and other liquids. Fact: Assuming one drank some wine or grape juice, the borei peri hagafen recited over it exempts all drinks within the collation, much the same way that hamotzi covers other foods. Background: Over the centuries, […]
Everything is Great
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A man once came to his Rabbi, crying that his child was off the Derech. He said that it was so difficult to live with; it was causing Shalom Bayit problems, family problems and social problems. He asked the Rabbi, “How could Hashem do this to me? All I want is to have a normal […]
2.12. The Soul of Man
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Sources refer to the Ramchal’s Derech Hashem. —————————————– We discussed in section 3 how man is a unique creation, the synthesis of opposing components, namely a physical body and a spiritual soul. But “soul” really refers to more than one thing. First, there’s the nefesh, which all living things possess. The nefesh gives a person […]