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"It does not say that the purpose of creation of this world is as an arena for man's free will." That is correct. However, that is not what you paraphrased from the lecture, i.e., the purpose of nature. Where does it say this? In the word itself! The word teva means coin, meaning the same thing in Hebrew as it does in English. A coin is something agreed ...


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The first clear mention is Bereishis 4:7: Is it not so that if you improve, it will be forgiven you? If you do not improve, however, at the entrance, sin is lying, and to you is its longing, but you can rule over it. You can rule over sin.


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Rashi has no problem attributing intellectual capacity and filtering the command of Hashem to the earth and to the grass. Thus the idea would appear to be that the rock didn't make any calculations and try to rationalize or justify the Mitzvah - it did what it was told. (The intellect likely meaning coming from its spiritual source). Free will isn't ...


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You may be "over analyzing" Rashi"s Kal Vachomer, here. First, translate what Rashi said in the context of the word he is explaining as well as the entire verse. Rashi is explaining the word, "lehakdisheini" - "To sanctify me". In other words, Moshe hit the rock. God said to Moshe SPEAK to the rock. So, Moshe did NOT do God's will, and therefore did not ...


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I don't have a source for this explanation, but will posit it nonetheless. Perhaps RaSh"Y is saying that, because we were born with free will, it would be a great feat for us to overcome our inclinations to carry out HaShem's Will effectively as angels (or rocks). Correct, had we been created without free will, we would have no choice but to carry out ...


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These are my personal thoughts, (though I have heard a similar idea regarding giving someone blessings): תפילה breaks in to two words, תפי and לה. That could be read as the female imperative phrase "תאפי לה", "bake for her". Perhaps the very nature of prayer is merely asking God through his divine presence, referred to as a female, to 'bake', (read: finish ...


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The Gemara in Berachos 10a says that (at the advice of his wife Beruriah) Rebbi Meir prayed for neighbors of his to become religious, and the Gemara seems to approve of this. This is also implied by Sotah 14a, where Moshe is said to daven for the wicked to return, as well as in Taanis 23b, where Abba Chilkiyah says that his wife is more righteous because she ...


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is it ok?!? ITS A TREMENDOUS MITZVAH! we say every day "hashiveinu avinu lesoirasecha" 3x a day. Sefardi siddurim within this bracha have a place to add the name of someone who needs to do tshuva and a small Bakasha. Also, the chazon ish has a nusach for a teffilah which deals with the issue of "hakol byedei shaymayim chutz m'yiras shamayim". The Chazon ...



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