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The gemara doesn't end there ... it clarifies the baraita you cite and continues Whoever lives outside of the Land of Israel, it is as if he is an idolater. artscroll elucidates this According to Rambam and Meiri a person who lives outside of Israel is considered to be engaged in idol worship because he is dwelling among and associating with ...


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here is a quote from the end of part 1 of chovos halevavos which I think answers your question. The next section called the shaar bechina (gate of examination) goes into this topic more. Therefore, you should exert your mind until you know the Creator through the evidences of His works and not strive to know Him in His glorious essence. For He is ...


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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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The Bnei Levi were separate all along, according to Chazal. They studied Torah and were not involved in the work. Therefore, it stands to reason that they weren't influenced by Egyptian ideas and didn't make the same mistake as everyone else.


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Some additional sources on this question: R. David Cohen in his Ha-Emunah ha-Ne'emanah, p. 300-301, argues that it is incorrect to declare that Mashiach will come today: יש להעיר שמה שאומרים בתקיפות "שמשיח יבא היום" אי"ז נכון ויתכן דמימרא כזו הוי דבר שאין רוח חכמים נוחים ממנה שהרמב"ם הביא דברי חז"ל שאמרו תפח רוחן של מחשבי קצין וגם כתב שלא ישים לו ...


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This question is important. I seems to many people as if Rambam contradict himself, וְלֹא שֵׁבֶט לֵוִי בִּלְבָד, אֵלָא כָּל אִישׁ וְאִישׁ מִכָּל בָּאֵי הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר נָדְבָה רוּחוֹ אוֹתוֹ וֶהֱבִינוֹ מַדָּעוֹ לְהִבָּדֵל לַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי ה' לְשָׁרְתוֹ וּלְעָבְדוֹ לְדֵעָה אֶת ה', וְהָלַךְ יָשָׁר כְּמוֹ שֶׁעָשָׂהוּ הָאֱלֹהִים, וּפָרַק מֵעַל צַוָּארוֹ עֹל ...


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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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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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