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The Gmara in Yebamot (63a) says that an unmarried man is not a man:> א"ר אלעזר כל אדם שאין לו אשה אינו אדם שנאמר(בראשית ה, ב) זכר ונקבה בראם ויקרא את שמם אדם  And that a man without a woman is unhappy, unblessed and not good (Yebamut 62b): א"ר חנילאי כל אדם שאין לו אשה שרוי בלא שמחה בלא ברכה בלא טובה בלא שמחה דכתיב(דברים יד, כו) ושמחת אתה וביתך בלא ברכה ...


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A contribution to an answer - This article on Reb Alter z”l has the following paragraph: Another of his original projects was the publication of a pamphlet which demonstrated some of the glaring mistakes in understanding gemoras made by Dr. Marcus Jastrow, author of the then widely used Talmudic dictionary. The booklet's entries were arranged in ...


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Like any serious question in Judaism, there is a Machloket. The Gmara clearly believes in astrology and that many thing are an affect of a mans Mazal. אמר רבא חיי בני ומזוני לא בזכותא תליא מילתא אלא במזלא תליא מילתא (Moed Katan 28a) This include חיי בני ומזוני, how many years a man will live, how many children will he have, and how much money. Yet ...


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I'll quote Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in Handbook of Jewish Thought, volume 1 chapter two. Due to the delicate subject I will quote directly. Due to the length of this answer, I am leaving out all the sources. 2:35 Our understanding of God's relationship to the world is twofold, namely that He is both immanent and transcendental. Thus, He both fills and ...


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To expand on "It is not good for man to be alone." The passage at Genesis (Beresheit) 2:18 also follows with "I will make him a helper.", from which one can infer that a man (or woman) needs a helper in life; not just helpers here and there, but one permanently made for the other. (Disclaimer: I am a born-again Christian with much respect for Judaism as my ...


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Tosafot Yom Tov on Pirkei Avot 3:2:4: ועוסק כו'. שיחיד אינו רגיל להוציא ד''ת מפיו, ולפיכך לא שייך לומר אצלו ועוסק בד''ת כמו שהוא אצל שנים שהם מדברים זה עם זה: My translation / paraphrase: An individual studying alone will not verbalize words of Torah. Therefore, (I'm questioning if there is a misprint, here?) it says "He is involved (your translation says ...


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Even though there is a prohibition of tzaar baalei chayim (causing suffering to animals) that is only the case when there is no overriding need. Thus, for instance, we kill animals for meat/clothing even though they inevitably suffer in the process. Removing a nuisance is no less an overriding need. (Otherwise, one would no be allowed to kill a mosquito.) ...



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