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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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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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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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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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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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Hilchot Deot 1:7 How can one train himself to follow these temperaments to the extent that they become a permanent fixture of his [personality]? He should perform - repeat - and perform a third time - the acts which conform to the standards of the middle road temperaments. He should do this constantly, until these acts are easy for him and do ...


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What you are quoting is an English translation of part of a testament that has been attributed to the Rambam (-some details). It is called שערי המוסר. A more literal translation is "Accustom yourselves to habitual goodness, for character is dependent upon habit, habit becoming as it were second nature."


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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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In Hilchot Deot 1:2 "With regard to all the traits: a man has some from the beginning of his conception, in accordance with his bodily nature. Some are appropriate to a person's nature and will [therefore] be acquired more easily than other traits. Some traits he does not have from birth. He may have learned them from others, or turned to them on his own. ...


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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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I heard about a person, who achieved a lot in learning and implementing Mesilas Yesharim, that his method was to learn and work on one stage for one month and then go further and start again after finishing.


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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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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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It is available for purchase and printing here. Hatzlacha.


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This was also asked on Dinonline and answered by them : Question: A nice Jewish boy sees a mistake online to purchase tickets to Israel from a Jewish company (ELAL). It gets posted on a forum and within hours thousands of tickets are purchased at the mistaken price before the company is able to correct the mistake. The company is probably going to lose ...


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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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The sefer Chayei Moshe, by R' Moshe Mendel Shklarsh, in his section on Klalei Psak V'Halacha, discusses yuhara. He writes that it only applies to be stringent in public on something that, min hadin (according to the basic law) is permitted. (At the end of the discussion he mentions that some say it can even apply to private practices.) There is a special ...


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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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Exodus 23:2 לֹא-תִהְיֶה אַחֲרֵי-רַבִּים, לְרָעֹת; וְלֹא-תַעֲנֶה עַל-רִב, לִנְטֹת אַחֲרֵי רַבִּים--לְהַטֹּת Do not be after the majority to do ill and do not respond to an argument to lean after the majority to turn. Onkelos on the verse: לא תהי בתר סגיאי, לאבאשא; ולא תתמנע מלאלפא מא דבעינך על דינא, בתר סגיאי--שלים דינא. Don't be after 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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When this happened to me and some of my friends in yeshiva, we asked the Rosh Yeshiva....he said that when you buy a ticket, you're not buying a ticket but a ride, and the ticket is proof of the fact that you bought a ride. Hence, if the ticket is not collected, it may not be reused because you really only paid for one ride. That said, the train company ...


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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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Breishit 21:8: "The child (Yithak) grew and was weaned. Avraham made a big party on the day that Yitzhak was weaned." I read this as being the source of the custom to make a party at any happy occasion from a Chaba"d shmooze as well heard this from Divrei Torah given by Rabbi Pesach Krohn at a (what else?) brit, and Rav Binyomin Kametzki at a Bar Mitzvah.


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Shulchan Aruch (OC 151:1) lists three examples of kalus rosh, though doesn't define it explicitly: בתי כנסיות ובתי מדרשות אין נוהגין בהם קלות ראש כגון שחוק והתול ושיחה בטילה We don't practice kalus rosh, like mirth, jest, and wasteful conversation, in synagogues and study halls. Mishna B'rura ad loc. clarifies "wasteful conversation": That is: ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Purim 5722 (1962) spoke about the importance of recognizing achievements of students especially in an environment where secular achievements are given such recognition. A tape recording (with translation) is available here. Note that he mentions that the general practice (at least among Chabad Chassidim) was to not particularly ...


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In אור יחזקאל, R' Yechezkel Levenstein explains שיתברר ויתאמת to be a two step process. שיתברר means to clarify, which is an intellectual exercise - you go through all of the possibilities and their merits and aspects, and select the truth which comes out of that. ויתאמת means that once you have the intellectual awareness of that truth, you make it ...


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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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