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The Rambam referenced in the question actually deals with the many times in Tanach in which we ascribe emotions to Hashem. In chapter 55 in Moreh Nevuchim, the Rambam discusses Hashem's "emotion" as a literary device used to convey meaning to us an audience. Emotions and moods are transient in nature, and are impossible for the unchanging perfection of ...


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Tosefos to Bava Kamma 85a says this is exactly what the Torah comes to teach with the repetition of the words "רפא ירפא": שנתנה רשות לרפאות - א"ת והא מרפא לחודיה שמעינן ליה וי"ל דה"א ה"מ מכה בידי אדם אבל חולי הבא בידי שמים כשמרפא נראה כסותר גזירת המלך קמ"ל דשרי (Rough translation) - One may have thought that there is no right to seek healing from a ...


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A proof that one should divorce is Ezra ch. 10 where he tries to encourage everybody to leave their non-Jewish wives, he does not tell them to stay together to avoid the mizbeach shedding tears. Furthermore he makes no distinction between any cases.


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Judaism is emotional as well as intellectual. Even the highly rationalist Rambam wrote beautiful passages about we should love and yearn for God like one does regarding a desired romantic partner. Early mussar seforim, such as Chovos HaLevavos, are focused to a large extent on developing intense love for God. The Ramak's Tomer Devorah is full of references ...


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R' Ephrayim Oshry answered in MiMaamakim (4:10) regarding someone's question if he can join the partisans. It looks like the Teshuva was written around the time that the extermination camps were just beginning and their existence was still just a rumor. Following this rumor, many ran away at night to join the partisans, saying that this is the only way ...


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... Yes. Judaism demands both intellectual (atah haresa lada'as) and emotional (tachas asher lo avadata es hashem elokecha bisimcha uvituv levav) engagement. Reaching the level of feeling of Har Sinai may not be entirely reasonable as a daily practice to engage in for the average individual. However, anyone may feel an emotional attachment to Hashem by ...


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The Gemara in Yevamos (66a) says that we don't let a Kohen's illegal (Jewish) wife's (Melog) slaves eat Teruma, even though according to biblical law they should, since the Rabbis want her to get angry at her husband (I can't eat Teruma, my slaves can't eat Teruma, What am I, a Zona??!!) and get a divorce. The Gemara doesn't differentiate if there are ...


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The Ohr HaChaim's commentary to the story of the brother's casting Joseph into the pit has comments relevant to this question. He explains that the brothers felt Yosef was deserving of death because he had testified falsely about them to their father in matters involving a death penalty to a Ben Noach (Ohr HaChaim to 37:20, s.v. ואם תאמר). The brothers ...


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You can't possibly find any classic Jewish sources that discuss making people wicked - for any reason. Firstly: One of the ways to lose your portion in the world to come is by making other people sin. See Rambam Hil. Teshuva 3:6: ו: וְאֵלּוּ הֵן שֶׁאֵין לָהֶן חֵלֶק לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא אֶלָּא נִכְרָתִים וְאוֹבְדִין וְנִדּוֹנִין עַל גֹּדֶל רִשְׁעָם ...


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Rambam wrote a letter on astrology cited and translated here in which he writes: Know, my masters, that every one of those things concerning judicial astrology that (its adherents) maintain—namely, that something will happen one way and not another, and that the constellation under which one is born will draw him on so that he will be of such and such a ...


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Rashi on the Gemara that says אין מזל לישראל (Shabbos 156a), says: אין מזל לישראל - דעל ידי תפלה וזכות משתנה מזלו לטוב There is a modern Jewish hashkafa that the Zodiac can have an effect on our lives, but we have the ability to "get out of it". אין מזל לישראל means that Jews can be beyond their mazal, and are not bound to it.


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The wearing of a tallith messuyesseth during tefillah is very important. However, it does not prevent one from praying should the time for prayer arrive and he find himself without a tallith - whether gadhol or qatan. The Rambam in the Mishneh Thorah (Hilkhoth Tefillah 4:1ff) lists five things which prevent one from praying, even if the time for prayer has ...


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From here: [the moderator] asked the rabbonim in which area do they see the most mistakes being made with regard to Pesach observance. Rav [Hershel] Shechter responded that earlier, it had been asked how much time people should allow their children to spend on the sheets that they prepared in school. “I think that that’s a major problem,” said ...


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The meditation said before putting on the Tallit godol says, ועל ידי מצות ציצית, תנצל נפשי רוחי ונשמתי ותפלתי מן החיצונים and through the mitzva of tzitzis may my soul, spirit and prayer be protected from (harmful) external influences So it seems that the tallit somehow protects the thoughts of the person praying. O Ch 24 (1) says that ...



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