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in the morning blessings, we read a section from Peah, which translates as , "these are things we do without limit..." It's like a manual on how to go about life. It enumerates actions that one can do: Giving Charity, Deeds of Kindness, Escorting the Dead, dowering the bride, studying Torah. There is always community service that can be done and it is ...


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R. David Stav wrote an entire book on this subject, called בין הזמנים - תרבות בילוי ופנאי בהלכה ובמחשבה (Between Times: Culture, Leisure, and Recreation in Halacha and Thought) in 2012. The book analyzes the talmudic discussions of wasting time that is meant for Torah, and then considers contemporary forms of cultural entertainment. He breaks down these ...


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Try to find outlets which in some way lead to spiritual growth. For example, the shaar bechina recommends studying nature to see the marks of divine wisdom. Rabbi Avigdor Miller used to take a daily stroll and reflect on nature. Try to find ways to help people. One has to be careful though that perhaps his activity will lead him astray, so it is best to ...


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Personally, I've gotten many hours of enjoyment out of music, both before and after becoming a ba'al teshuvah. Playing piano, going to practices of a Jewish choir, trying to learn guitar, et cetera. Maybe one day I'll join my city's Jewish barbershop chorus. Wait. Why can't you hang out with friends now that you're frum? Maybe not at a bar, but ...


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For me, ruchniyos and having fun are one and the same. Mitzvos are ladders upwards and transcendance is super; its the same when I watch movies, play tennis, cook, write etc although doing Mitzvos has certain unique qualities. My suggestion is to have fun and let the fun enrich your ruchniyos. While the 'expert Jews' who you may see around you may give the ...



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