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Why do you think that "everyone" is studying in kolel? Last time I looked, unfortunately the majority of world Jewry doesn't even keep Shabbos. A minority of those who keep Shabbos make sure to learn Torah every day, and a tiny minority of those are learning in kolel. We have far less of the required 1 in 10 or 1 in 12 who should be learning full time. When ...


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Derech Pikudecha (Bnei Yisoschor)- page 162 - paragraph starting with Gimel says that one has a limit on the amount of words in his lifetime and if he speaks too much is shortening his life. קיבלנו מרבותינו בפסוק: 'נפשי יצאה בדברו', שיש שיעור לאדם כמה ידבר כל ימי חייו, ואם ירבה לדבר שלא במקום מצווה, הנה ממעט החיות Sefer Darkei Tzedek - page 10 - #54 ...


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This can be debated with sources and counter-sources forever and ever, but any reasonable treatment of the subject will involve this passage from the Talmud, Brachot 35b: ת"ר ואספת דגנך מה ת"ל לפי שנא' (יהושוע א) לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך יכול דברים ככתבן ת"ל ואספת דגנך הנהג בהן מנהג דרך ארץ דברי ר' ישמעאל ר"ש בן יוחי אומר אפשר אדם חורש בשעת חרישה וזורע ...


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A possible source of this saying is, perhaps, by establishing a connection between two quotes: "A fool is not aware of his folly" (Gemara in Shabbos 13b), therefore if you tell him he is fool, he will be angry, because "Anger rests in the heart of fools" (koheles 7:9)


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The source is from The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoken on several occasions in 1988. The Rebbe instituted the idea of celebrating birthdays with hachlotas tovos giving extra tzedoka, making a birthday celebration and several other directives to inspire oneself spiritualy on their birthday and to carry that inspiration all year.


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This is a combination of the belief that prayer at the Western Wall is particularly effective and the belief that praying for 40 days is particularly effective. Sources For Prayer at Western Wall The Western Wall itself is not emphasized in older literature. In The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways, pp. 206-207, the Rav discusses the Western Wall and says ...


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The Yad Malachi (18th century) (klalei haposqim: klalei hashulhan arukh ve'rama) quotes a responsum of R. Samuel Aboab (17th century) (responsum #251) as stating that he heard that R. Karo delegated the authorship of the Shulhan Arukh, a summary of his Beit Yosef, to his students. The lack of a single author resulted in occasional internal contradictions: ...


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See Gemara Baba Kamma 80a מכי אתא רב לבבל רב ושמואל ורב אסי איקלעו לבי שבוע הבן ואמרי לה לבי ישוע הבן. ‏ Tosfot: לבי ישוע הבן. ...ור"ת פי' שנולד שם בן ועל שם שהולד נושע ונמלט ממעי אמו כדכתיב והמליטה זכר (ישעיה סו) נקט לשון ישועה והיו רגילין לעשות סעודה: ‏ Yeshua Haben, according to R"T is a meal before the Brit Mila. See Sde ...


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Respectfully, how can a Rosh Yeshiva tell a talmid what to not learn? If the talmid's learning is not disturbing other bochurim what right does the Rosh Yeshiva have to stop him learning be'makom shelibo chafetz? Cookie cutter yeshivos do not turn out talmidei chachamim.


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R. Dr. David Katz discusses this phenomenon: There were only two occasions where the communal rabbi was actually expected to preach to his community. First there was the pair of Sabbaths, the Sabbath before Passover, and the Sabbath before Yom Kippur. These were occasions where, according to the Talmud (Megillah 32a) since the days of Moses the official ...


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As far as I know about the song, "we want moshiach now" it was first sung in 1980 by a group of campers. The Rebbe began clapping along as approval and afterwards encouraged singing it. The song itself was written by campers and then received the Rebbe's approval after it was first sung in front of him. As to why this kindergarten does this after ...


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Rashi to Shmuel II 19:1: my son, my son: My son, my son eight times; seven that brought him forth from the seven levels of Gehinnom, and one that brought him into the world to come. (Referring to Dovid about his recently dead son Avshalom). Although standard Rashi prints don't seem to source it, it is a statement found in the Talmud, Sota 10b. Tosofos ...


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Traditionally Karaites have not celebrated Hanukkah. (sources). In modern times, assimilation being what it is, there are undoubtedly some who do, but it's not on the Karaite calendar. The Karaites had two main objections: The Rabbis did not have the authority to establish a holiday (Purim is different, you can read about the karaite take on that here). ...


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The מגן אברהם quotes the שער הכוונות that the ruach tum'ah (impure spirit) of the morning jumps back and forth from one hand to the other until the washing is finished. כי ע"י כן רוח הטומאה הנקראת שיבת"א (חולין ק"ו ע"ב ושבת ק"ט ע"א) בת מלך היא ומקפדת ודולגת וקופצת עד שנעתקת לגמרי משם ואם לאו אינה נעתקת. וכן נמצא בזוהר בכ"י The בן איש חי in his ספר בן ...


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Tosafos in Shabbos 131 seems to hold that a Mitzva which is incumbent upon us constantly must be done at least every day.



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