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According to the Ramchal, this special status isn't for just keeping the Torah. It is a result of purifying the physicality of the body. Also, Moshe did achieve this status in some form, although I don't know if it is lower or higher than what Eliyahu achieved. Daas Tevunos siman 70 כי אין סוף הכונה בביאת הנשמה בגוף, לשתחיה אותו בחיי ההבל האלה, אבל ...


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My problem with this question is that it presumes that Federal employees or elected officials must be "sworn in." The rabbi who was m'gaier me, Rabbi Bertram Leff, said that I should avoid taking "oaths" or "swearing" whether in becoming a Federal employee or being a witness in court. Fortunately, Federal law gives me that option. The text of the "oath of ...


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Article 2 section 1, clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution allows the president to use the term "affirm" instead of "swear" when s/he (O.K., we haven't yet had a female U.S. president, but it will happen, some day.) takes the oath. The Constitution also does not require the use of a Bible or any book, whatsoever. Theodore Roosevelt did not use a Bible, and ...



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