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revised Question on the Chovos Halevavos
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comment Question on the Chovos Halevavos
not sure what you mean
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asked Question on the Chovos Halevavos
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comment Does a man with long-hair need to become a nazir
stam nazir is only for 30 days. i think today men grow long hair to be "pretty" and this is reprehensible
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answered What's the Closest Thing to a Systematic Theology in Judaism?
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comment Is there a “peshat”-style commentary on Chaim Vital's Etz Chayim?
@rabbi he never assured it ch'v. just held that the kuzari is more suited for his haskala plagued generation. keep in mind the Chasam Sofer would learn it with his talmidim and say kaddish d'rabanan afterwards (from the preword of the masoret edition of chovos halevavos)
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comment Why is there such fervor to say the blessing on blossoming fruit trees?
@Fred thanks. see also the shaar gilgulim of the arizal. apparently it is a harsh punishment.
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comment Why is there such fervor to say the blessing on blossoming fruit trees?
maybe it has to do with all the poor souls trapped in gilgulim inside the trees. it is supposed to be a tikun for them. the sefardi siddur has a very long tefila for them before saying the blessing.
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comment Is there a “peshat”-style commentary on Chaim Vital's Etz Chayim?
I read in the name of the Vilna Gaon (in the preword of the masoret edition of chovos halevavos) that kabala starts where chakira (philosophy) ends. so the first step should be to study in depth the shaar yichud or the moreh nevuchim with the commentaries. At least from there you will see what God is not and will be saved from all types of hagshama.
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revised Is there a prohibition against being a hypocrite?
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comment What is the reason that you are not allowed to learn Torah shebictav at night?
it should be mentioned that the arizal supposedly held that it is forbidden to even read tehilim at night
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revised How do we know that God exists?
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comment which animals have tuma neveila
@preferred what about a rabbit?
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revised Is there a prohibition against being a hypocrite?
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comment Is there a prohibition against being a hypocrite?
#2 just says he is not a talmid chacham. how does that show it is forbidden?