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Rav Kook (Olat Reiyah, 249) seems to suggest that me'odecha refers to Neshamah. In it's association with the body, ruach is tied to the lev or 'heart'. Maimonides connects ruach as movement to movement of the heart. 'The heart' He writes, 'is in constant motion,and the source of every motion noticed in the body.' (Read it in genocide in jewish thought - ...


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Rav Hirsch points out that each of the three teaches a different lesson. The heart is considered the seat of the will. Rav Hisrch says on the pasuk Thus, the conception of תפילה is given as "work on yourself" as being a penetration of one's whole being with enlightening thought ans ennobling feelings. The soul in the first paragraph of the Shma is ...


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See Sanhedrin 74a: דתניא ר''א אומר {דברים ו-ה} ואהבת את ה' אלהיך בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאדך אם נאמר בכל נפשך למה נאמר בכל מאדך ואם נאמר בכל מאדך למה נאמר בכל נפשך אם יש לך אדם שגופו חביב עליו מממונו לכך נאמר בכל נפשך ואם יש לך אדם שממונו חביב עליו מגופו לכך נאמר בכל מאדך ‏ Rashi: כלומר תהא אהבתו חביבה לך יותר מכל החביב לך ‏ For ...


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It is not that "love" of Hashem different, it is that the willingness and understanding of what Hashem means that causes us to belong to Hashem needs the complete subjugation of one's יצר (both טוב ורע) to the conscious determination as to what one's purpose in life is. We need to do this, not through fear, not through duty, but through the free willed ...



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