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Difficult People
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Many people experience problems in the area of shalom bayit – their relationship with their spouses.  Sometimes one spouse wants to invest effort to improve the marriage, but the other spouse is not interested.  There are other people who are at odds with each other; they used to be close friends, but something happened and […]
2.1. God
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With this entry, The God Papers begins with the Ramchal’s classic work Derech Hashem. Source notes refer to that sefer. ————————————————- Every Jew must strive to know that there’s a God, who created everything. God has no beginning and He will have no end. He brought everything else into existence and He sustains it all. […]
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 […]