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Thanks to Reddit user Bar Kappara (by way of @Isaac Moses) for this answer: Devarim Rabba 3:3: It is told of Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach that he once purchased an ass from an Ishmaelite. When his disciples came, they found a jewel suspended from its neck and said, "Master, 'The blessing of Hashem, it makes rich.'" [Proverbs 10:22] Rabbi Simon ben Shetach ...


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Avot 3:2: רבי חנינא סגן הכהנים אומר, הוי מתפלל בשלומה של מלכותז, שאלמלא מוראה, איש את רעהו חיים בלעו Rabbi Chanina, deputy to the kohanim, would say: Pray for the integrity of the government; for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive. (Translation: chabad.org)


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This comes to mind: ולא יתבייש מפני בני אדם המלעיגים עליו בעבודת השי"ת A person should not be embarrassed by people who jeer him regarding his service of God (שולחן ערוך, אורח חיים א:א בהגה)


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The ש"ך wrote a commentary on the שולחן ערוך. The ט"ז argued with many of his rulings. The ש"ך responded in the נקודת הכסף. The ט"ז responded again in the "דף ארחון". And the ש"ך responded to that in "קונטרס ארחון". (source) In the הקדמה to the נקודת הכסף in יורה דעה, the author, the ש"ך, writes (see there): אל יעלה על לב הקורא בספרי זה שמפני שהיה לי ...


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Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel: The last mishnah in the 1st chapter of Yebamoth brings an argument between Beit Hillel and Beit Shamai. A consequence of this argument was Beit Hillel ruling certain children resulting from the ruling of Beit Shamai mamzerim, (individuals who could not marry regular jews), and Beit Shamai ruling certain children of Beit Hillel's ...


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See here (search for the word Reishis) where the Lubavitcher Rebbe specifically instructs the Choson to learn the relevant section regarding marital behavior right before the wedding. This was written to many different ones over several years, and is regarded as part of the standard wedding preparations in Chabad now.


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The two quotes that come to mind are: מוטב לי להקרא שוטה כל ימי ולא ליעשות שעה אחת רשע לפני המקום [In response to requests that he change his rulings on certain issues:] I'd rather be called insane for all my days, but not be made evil in front of the Omnipresent even for a moment. (Eduyot 5:6 (English)) and יקוב הדין את ההר Let the law cut ...


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"In a place where there are no men strive to be a man." Pirkei Avot 2:6. "Every single person is obligated to say, 'The world was created for my sake"' (Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5)." These two quotes don't exactly say to stand up for what you believe to be right, but they do suggest the vast importance of an individual's individual action. You can't say, leave ...


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I have seen several letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe (such as this, this, this, and this) that say some variation of the following (אגרות קודש > כרך י > ג'שעט): וכפתגם כ"ק מו"ח אדמו"ר זצוקללה"ה נבג"מ זי"ע שבימינו אלה הוא ע"ד אחד המטפס ועולה על הר משופע ביותר, שההולך במישור יכול לעמוד לאיזה משך זמן לנוח משא"כ בשפוע ההר הנה כשעומד הרי זה בד"מ נסיגה לאחור ...


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Mesilas Yesharim is written as steps in a ladder. Meaning, you have to work on every attribute before going on to the next and when you do, you reach a new level. In regard to the order of learning his other seforim I say as follows. In the introduction to Mesillas Yesharim, the Ramchal talks a lot about Olam Haba as mans goal. In Derech Hashem, he ...


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There are many Sephardi works of mussar. In fact, the first books of mussar were written by Sepharadim. Here's are some: Rambam's Hilkhot Deot from his Mishneh Torah Avraham ben Rambam's Hamaspik LeOvdei Ha' Rav Bahya's Chovot HaLevavot Rav Yonah's Shaarei Teshuvah Rav Isaac Aboav's Menorat HaMaor Rav Palagi's Kaf HaHaim Chida's Avodat HaKodesh Rav Eliyahu ...


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The Zohar recommends examining one's deeds and repenting every night before going to sleep (Korach 178a): הא אוקמו דבכל לילא ולילא, עד לא ישכב ועד לא נאים בעי בר נש למיעבד חושבנא מעובדוי דעבד כל ההוא יומא ויתב מנייהי ויבעי עלייהו רחמי This is cited approvingly by poskim such as the Mateh Moshe (Amud Ha'avoda §829): יעשה כדעת הזוהר וישב קודם שישכב ...


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Rabbi Noach Orlowek in his book on parenting, My Child My Disciple, says that it is forbidden to let a child cry, because it will affect his Emunah - he will learn that no one answers you when you cry. In a private conversation (which will remain private by leaving out information), the Mashgiach of a well-known Yeshiva, upon hearing this, said "When my son ...


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After completing the study of Talmud tractate Yoma, I would not have thought that rabbinic sources were sympathetic to protection of intellectual property, especially when the owners used their possession of the secret to earn high income at the expense of the public interest. For example, the Gemara at Yoma 38a tells us that the rabbis tried to get the ...


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The Torah commands the establishment of courts, (Deut 16:18-20, 17:8-13), as well as a monarchy, (Deut 17:14-20). Also, the Book of Judges makes the Torah's stance on anarchy pretty clear. Written by Samuel, it illustrates what happened when there was no king in ancient Israel and everyone did as they pleased. Chapters 18 and 19 show instances of infighting ...


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I would think a critical point here (though not necessarily the only point) would be the concept of lashon hara leto'elet -- something that's necessary to be said for a productive purpose. Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz has a lecture on the subject where he asks if one can be an investigative journalist and stay within the laws of lashon hara. Well, what is the ...


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As I understood from HaRav Gudlevsky (http://azamra.co.il), mussar books are meant to bring reader closer to Hashem. If person gets negative emotions such as sadness, depression, etc. by reading - it pushes him away from Hashem. See also here http://breslov.org/ask-a-breslover-drawing-shabat-into-the-week-2/ As You put it's not a bad book - it is a ...


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It seems that the Torah puts two separate obligations on you – hakarat ha'tov and tochacha (rebuke). You owe your Client some thanks because he could have tried to avoid paying altogether or caused you more costs in recovering the debt. For this attitude, see here -a small quote: “Moshe gets to the well. The daughters of Midyan are in trouble and ...


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This comes from an in depth study of the Chovos Halevavos, especially the first 3 gates. There's a translation online. Here is a quote from the Shaar Bechina (Gate of Examination) The wise and intelligent man will choose from the world for study its fine and spiritual elements; use them as a ladder by which to obtain proofs of the existence of the ...


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It is not so pashut that the Torah or Tanach thinks appointing a King is a good thing. And, it does seem accurate that Don Yitzkak Abarbanel thought either we should not, or at least that we don't have to. I am not conversant enough in Hebrew to read the linked article about Don Yitzkhak's views, but R'Yehuda Nachshoni (trans., Shmuel Himelstein, Studies ...


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the more you know/understand the greatness of God the more you will have awe/fear of Him. This is why Moshe Rabeinu was the humblest of all men despite that he achieved more than any other person in history (source). He knew God more than anyone else, hence his fear/awe of God made Him totally humble. therefore for any exercises you do, the effectiveness ...


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Well, there's a חֵרֶם קַדְמוֹנִים to talk badly about the deceased. As the Chafetz Chaim writes in הלכות אסורי לשון הרע - כלל ח דְּיֵשׁ תַּקָּנָה וְחֵרֶם קַדְמוֹנִים, שֶׁלֹּא לְהוֹצִיא לַעַז וְשֵׁם רָע עַל הַמֵּתִים. So if you wrongly accuse the deceased about something, you are the subject of an ancient excommunication. That would be a strong ...


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My brother told me he knows someone who asked Harav Herschel Welcher (Posek of Queens) about sneaking in to baseball games where tickets are sold (by non-Jews) and he replied that it would be permitted because of the general rule that זה נהנה וזה לא חסר (one party benefits while the other party loses nothing) isn't forbidden at all with non-Jews (I'm sure ...


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I think that the general point is that in Halacha, corporations don't exist. Think about it this way: I sell an old laptop on ebay. Am I now corporate? I sell 5 old laptops on ebay. What about now? I sell 5000 new laptops on ebay. yada yada yada I am HP. Am I a corporation now? Even multiple owners doesn't change anyting. If two brothers bought a ...


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A few commonly cited adages from Pirkei Avoth come to mind, which speak about doing that which is right, and doing your best at all times. Some of these may be more broadly applicable than your question, but I still think a lesson can be derived about persevering in the face of adversity. Ch. 1:12,14 הלל אומר: הוי מתלמידיו של אהרן, אוהב שלום ורודף שלום, ...


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Mesilat Yesharim is short and straight to the point while Chovos Halevavos is much longer and gives alot of background such as trusting in God. The trait of Zehirus (watchfulness) starts immediately after the introduction in Mesilat Yesharim. In Chovos Halevavos, the trait of zehirus (watchfulness) starts in Gate #3 after many introductions. I also find ...


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Study Chapter 5 of the Shaar Perishut of Chovos Halevavot. If you work on curbing your other desires then this one will also be easier. If you don't then this too will not be possible. They are all interrelated as he writes there: "It is proper for you to know, my brother, that it will not be possible for you to fulfill any of these things (regarding ...


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I heard a true story on the radio 2 weeks ago that still makes me visibly cringe and double over whenever I think of it. I bring this image to mind often, when I see a woman or begin to think about one, which promptly ends my reverie. This story is about an MMA fighter and can be found on google, with images. I will type this as a euphemism: A man was ...



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