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This understanding of the retrospective way in which even negative history ultimately leads to the culmination of G-d's plan is a very standard Kabbalistic idea. This is not a statement about future sin, which is always undesirable. See, for example, the ילקוט ראובני quoted here: הנה כבר נתבאר, כפי ערך גודל הנשמה, כן הוטבעה בתוך הקליפה, והם מבקשים לטנפה, ...


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R' Dovid Miller, who has served as Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshiva University, has two recorded shiur series on Derech Hashem up on YUTorah.org, one from 2005, and one from 2012. (Click on "Collections," and then find-in-page for "Derech Hashem" to find these two collections.) They comprise 82 and 97 shiurim, respectively, and a spot-check indicates that the ...


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Hebrew: Ibn Tibon, Schwartz, and Kapach: http://mobile.tora.ws/ Schwartz: http://press.tau.ac.il/perplexed/toc.asp Kapach: http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/mahshevt/more/shaar-2.htm English (Friedlander) http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/gfp/ If you're looking to pick a single one for Hebrew I would personally go with Kapach, but that's completely personal ...


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Rabbeinu Bachya (in Chovot ha-Levavot), from the 11th century: “We ought to trust in God with the trust of one, fully convinced that all things and movements, together with their advantageous and injurious results happen by the decree of the Eternal, under His authority and according to His sentence.” taken from the comments on: ...


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See Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives? where the view of the Rambam in his letter on astrology is discussed. To summarize, Rambam is of the opinion that astrology is ineffective and that sages who appear to have believed in it were either mistaken or speaking non-literally.


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Personally one thing that makes me yearn for redemption in spite of physical affluence, is the increasingly religiously sterile environment in which western Jewry finds itself. (Described for example in Rupture and Reconstruction). Another thing we lack outside of our sphere of physical comfort is stability within the ranks of the religious. We find such ...



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