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There is a question asked, to which I have heard two answers: Chazal teach us that there are many times when Moshiach will not come, such as on Shabbos or Yom Tov (Eruvin 43b). So how can one expect that Moshiach will come at any time? I have heard quoted, but do not know the exact citation of, a teshuva of the Nodeh B'Yehuda (R' Yechezkel Landau) who was ...


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Early Rabbinic Views on Understanding Aggadah/Midrash Rav Sherira Gaon 906-1006, head of the Pumbedita Academy Sefer Haeshcol, Hilkhot Sefer Torah, p. 60a Those points brought out from scriptural verses called Midrash and Aggadah are assumptions. Some are accurate such as Rabbi Judahs statement that Simeons portion was included in that of Judah, for we find ...


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The Ohr HaChaim writes that one with free will can kill someone even if he does not deserve to die, as opposed to dangerous animals which will only kill someone if they deserve to die. Thus, the brothers of Yosef knew that there were snakes and scorpions in the pit into which they cast him, and throwing him into the pit would be the test of if he really ...


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The Shulchan Aruch rules that one should always be in the habit of saying, "Everything the Merciful One does is for the best." (Orach Chaim 230:5; Berachos 60b). So we should say that throughout the day, whenever something happens. A shorter equivalent would be "gamzu l'tovah" from the Talmudic story of Nachum Gamzo. (Ta'anis 21a). Similarly, the Yerushalmi ...


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some suggestions strengthen your faith in God and His torah. study books which teach on the subject that God is in charge of everything such as the chovos halevavos shaar bitachon. avoid reading things written by those who don't believe in these things


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Quick answer is given by the Bartenura in משנה אבות א ג ויהי מורא שמים עליכם - אע"פ שאתה עובד מאהבה עבוד ג"כ מיראה. שהעובד מאהבה זריז במצות עשה, והעובד מיראה נזהר ממצות לא תעשה, ונמצאת דעבודתו שלימה. ‏ וכן אמרו חז"ל, עבוד מאהבה עבוד מיראה. עבוד מאהבה, שאם באת לשנוא דע שאתה אוהב ואין אוהב שונא. עבוד מיראה, שאם באת לבעוט דע שאתה ירא ואין ירא ...


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In Mesilas Yasharim (ch 24), Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato describes three kinds of fear: The lowest is fear of punishment. This is not fear of G-d, but it might be useful for keeping oneself in line. Fear of G-d comes in two sorts: fear of sinning -- not of the punishment, but of the sin itself, and awe of G-d's Grandeur. But when our sages speak of fear of ...


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Tosafos in Nida 16b writes that this Gemara (that all is in the hands of heaven besides for Yiras Shamayim) is not referring to what happens to the person. It is referring to his character traits. The Gemara in Nida, where this Tosafos is coming off, says that before the person is born they bring the droplet before Hashem and He decides if it'll be smart ...


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There are many sources that discuss this issue, some of which give complicated accounts as to exactly what "emunah" should be, and suffice it to say that this is subject to significant dispute. While some did believe that the better form of faith is one that you might call 'blind', it appears that most of the Rishonim held that the commandment to believe in ...


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I have heard from several Rabbanim that one of the best sources for strengthening emunah is reading parshat Ha-Mahn, which you will find listed after Shacharit in most Siddurim. Many people don't say this at all, and those that do, probably run through it too quickly and routinely to appreciate its true messages. Parshat Ha-mahn is more than just reading a ...



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