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I don't believe that the aforementioned text refers to actual "angels", but metaphorical meaning behind this description. First, consider Elihu's statement in Yov 33:22-24 כב וַתִּקְרַב לַשַּׁחַת נַפְשׁוֹ וְחַיָּתוֹ לַמְמִתִים: כג אִם-יֵשׁ עָלָיו מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ אֶחָד מִנִּי-אָלֶף לְהַגִּיד לְאָדָם יָשְׁרוֹ: כד וַיְחֻנֶּנּוּ וַיֹּאמֶר פְּדָעֵהוּ ...


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There are no earlier sources to a mishna in Pirkei Avot. The whole point of that tractate is to share wisdom that was given by God to Moses etc. The source is that the rabbi learned it from his rabbi etc. Except for the Archangels and the AOD who appear regularly in Jewish folklore and theology, a typical angel only has one purpose and ceases to exist. ...


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While the garment may have more than four corners, the command is to to put tzitzit on four corners. Rashi connects this to the four expressions of redemption (just like the four cups at the seder). Rashi says: on the corners of their garments: Corresponding to [the verse said in connection with the exodus from Egypt]“I carried you on the wings ...


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You are thinking of the Talmud Menachot 44a: אמר רב ששת כל שאינו מניח תפילין עובר בשמונה עשה וכל שאין לו ציצית בבגדו עובר בחמשה עשה וכל כהן שאינו עולה לדוכן עובר בג' עשה כל שאין לו מזוזה בפתחו עובר בשני עשה Rav Sheshet said: anyone who doesn't put on Tefillin violates 8 positive commandments, and anyone who doesn't have Tzitzit on his clothes violates ...


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It's an excellent question @Yamin. Fulfilling the mitzvah of tefillin is actually equated with fulfilling all the miztvot of the Torah like is found in Kiddushin 35a in the name of Rav Acha bar Yaacov. This is also taught in Sefer Reishit Chochma by Rabbi Eliyahu DeVidas and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Siman 25:1. It is significant to emphasize that the ...


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Most people have a favourite bad feeling like feeling sad or lonely. If you indulge in your favourite bad feeling of hating yourself then similarly you should indulge your friends with their favourite feelings which is probably something different. The fundamental obligation of ve'ahavta le'reachah ke'mochah is to respect your friend, not to love them. ...


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@Cashcow's answer is (excuse the bad pun) "on the money". But adding to this concept is understanding the adage properly. The proper translation of ואהבת לרעך כמוך is "Show love to your friend as you would do to yourself." On the surface, the translation doesn't seem "novel" and in line with your question. But, there are some key words here, and you should ...


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Practise it via the version of Hillel the Elder: "That which is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man". Having taken that on board, perhaps address your self-hatred with his other maxims: "If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" (quoted from Perkei Avot).


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First of all love your fellow as yourself is not encouraging self love. A person who focuses on themselves has no room to love others. Rather the focal point of loving another Jew is in recognizing the source of the Jewish soul which is Hashem and how all Jewish people are not really separate but make up the totality of one person. On the one hand all Jews ...


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I would just pin my opinion that the no. 613 is a combination of 6+1+3=10(ten commandment) 10 is 1+0=1(H" ekhad devarim:6:4) which means 613 mitzvot given to israel is directly connected to the existence of G-d



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