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The Talmud (Ta'anis 21b) indicates that the merits of Rav and Rav Huna were more than sufficient to protect their respective neigborhoods from danger, except that their neighborhoods were in fact protected by the kind deeds of other righteous locals - a man who loaned hoes and shovels for burials and a woman who allowed needy individuals to use her heated ...


Bal Haturim - Devarim 1:3 says that a Torah scholar protects 40,000 people in his location from their enemies.


I would venture to say that the protection is not a direct result of doing Mitzvot. We have an explicit Mishna we say every morning that [only] specific Mitzvot have some reward in this world - besides for the reward all Mitzvot have in the world to come. See the Gemara in Kidushin 39b and Chullin 122a for a discussion about שכר מצוה בהאי עלמא; rewards for ...


It is a prohibition not to stand by as another Jew is in any kind of danger, be it physical or financial. ALL of the Monei Hamitzvos include it. See Behag 93, Saadia Gaon 61, Rambam 297, Semag 165, Ramban 293, Chinuch 237, Semak 79, etc.


One does not get s'char for a mitzvah habah biaveirah, a mitzvah which would not have happened without an aveirah happening. In this case, the aveirah of embarassing the Gabbai would prevent any s'char from saying tehillim.


I could theorize that according to R. Firrer, the 'halakhic Earth' would be defined as anywhere that one is still subject to the Earth's gravitational field. Actually reading the article, however, implies that either 1. as soon as something is not touching Earth, it is no longer governed by its halachos (which, as you point out, is ridiculous) or 2. anything ...


The Sefer HaChaim [3:3 (by Rabbi Chaim ben Betzalel - brother of the Maharal)] says, "Inviting your relatives (to your house) is in essence, is the main mitzvah of HaChnosas Orchim!"


It seems that the question is: Is it the intention that gets schar or the result (action)? For example, when a person does teshuva from ahava, all of their transgressions turn to mitzvos. Seemingly implying that it is not the intention but the end result (in which case in your scenario the jokester would receive schar). It is known that Chabad is ...


The importance and relevance of reciting tehilim is a moot point to the scenario. Not deceiving others has to take precedence over all else whenever possible. "Sheker ain lo raglayim". There is nothing beloved to Hashem about a boy bringing others to daven extra through deceit. Judaism is not Machiavellian- it's not only the end that matters but the means as ...

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