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A complicated subject. See this post from bein din l'din blog. In some cases it's wisest not to mix in; Rosh is famous for saying that if you insert yourself into a fight between A & B, eventually A & B will forget whatever was going on between them, and together fight you.


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This reminds me of the political struggle going on during the life of the prophet Isaiah ben Amoz (Isaiah). If I recall correctly, at this point in history (around the 8th-7th Century B.C.,) Assyria has been expanding its power throughout the Middle East (and even as far as Egypt.) Along with this expansion, Assyria has invaded Israel under the command of ...


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It has been some time since I looked at the issue, but as I recall the practice is to not recite this blessing, at least not with shem u'malchus (mentioning G-d's name and kingship). This is, in my recollection, at least in part because the blessing was instituted when such journey's could mean that one's friend would not return alive and by seeing them you ...


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Rav Ovadia Yosef rules in Yechavveh Da'at 4:17 that one would not say a bracha upon seeing someone through video chat. However he does quote one opinion that even allows one to say it upon hearing their voice on the telephone but dismisses it as very unlikely AND because by matters of doubt with brachot we rule to not say the bracha. Depending on which one ...


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The essay here http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/729747/Rabbi_Ally_Ehrman/%D7%9E%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%90%D7%94%D7%91%D7%AA_%D7%92%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D cites a discussion of this very question in the sefer ואהבת לרעך page 245, but there doesn't seem to be a simple answer in that sefer. R. Ehrman proposes his own answer that the difference has to do ...


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The person who had the dream should do a hatavat chalom with three good friends. It's found in some siddurim (I believe the Artscroll interlinear has it) It should be pointed out, though, that the interpretation of dreams can be very counterintuitive and is in fact usually the opposite of what you would expect. See Shulchan Aruch O.C. 288, where a dream of ...


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First decide if you really want to mend the relationship. The way to do this, is to apply the conditions of repentance to this person. Read the entire chapter 4 of chovos halevavos shaar teshuva here and how he applies it to human relationships (it's short). if he/she has truly fulfilled them, then it is proper to forgive them and overlook their iniquity in ...


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In Pirkei Avot, Chapter 1 Mishna 12, we are told: Hillel and Shammai received the transmission from them. Hillel said: Be of the students of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to Torah. In Pirkei Avot d'Rabbi Natan, what it means to be like Aaron is expanded: (taken from this website) if Aaron would ...


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This may not be 100% analogous, but we do see a case of 2 natural enemies uniting against a common foe. Ice and Fire united in order to bring the plague of hail upon the Egyptians. From Rashi (Shemot 9:24) quoting the Tanchumah: flaming within the hail: [This was] a miracle within a miracle. The fire and hail intermingled. Although hail is water, to ...



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