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There are various approaches to understand statements from Chazal where they contrast with well-established facts, e.g., in medicine or science. See this compilation of sources on these topics, aligned against the categories above. Scientific assertions found in the Talmud may be incorrect, even if they are uncontested in the Talmud Not every scientific ...


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Rabbe'inu Baḥya (Ḥovot HaLevavot, Sha'ar HaBitaḥon, Chapter 4, s.v. וכן כשיבקש) states, based on the Talmud Bavli (Bava Bathra 119B among others), that HaShem arranges for good deeds to be fulfilled by the worthy and unfortunate deeds to be fulfilled by the sinful (מגלגלין זכות על ידי זכאי וחובה על ידי חייב). According to this Hashqafah ...


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I moved at least five times across countries and have encountered this challenge as many times. I never thought of codifying my thought process but the question is a very good one and it is worth a try. What I have personally found most helpful has been to pick up a Rav I can learn with (either by attending their shiurim or by learning 1-1). This creates ...


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It's the other way around. Every date in the Jewish calendar has a particular nature, and gives that date the potential for particular things to happen on it. So the 14th Adar had always had the nature of being the holiest day of the year, it was just revealed when Purim happened. Rav Dessler speaks about this in Michtav HaEliyahu (sorry, don't have an exact ...


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In Maharal language I think you would say men are tzurah, women are chomer. Leadership is the provision of tzurah to the klal so cannot be provided by women unless they become masculine to some extent which is a perversion of their natural order.


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The notion that hashgachah peratis (personalized Divine Providence) is so inclusive for this question to even exist dates back to the 18th century or so. The Lubavitcher Rebbe calls it a chidush (novellum) of the Baal Shem Tov (the founder of Chassidus) http://www.aishdas.org/avodah/faxes/protis.pdf . According to R Chaim Friedlander (Sifsei Chaim, Pirqei ...


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re mazel tov, siman tov, good constellations, good omens. we picked it up while in exile in Babylonia/Persia, just as we did the zodiac, breaking the glass, and many things. we put Jewish twists on it. Many ancient synagogues have astrology signs and zodiacs in beautiful mosaics, e.g. Tiberius synagogue in Israel, or the ceiling of one of the shuls in ...


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What Danno has stated — The Hebrew translates to "all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you." The issue would be to understand what it means to be blessed "in" not "through" you. This is often understood simply to mean "using your name" or "with your name" as in "may you be like Abraham". — is the explanation of Genesis 12:3 ...


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According to Rabbi Avraham Kook src: "G-d limits revelations, even from the most brilliant and holiest prophets, according to the ability of that generation to absorb the information. For every idea and concept, there is significance to the hour of its disclosure" hence, even if chazal are not correct, they are doing their best based on the knowledge of the ...



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