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Is someone who has clinical depression allowed to take an antidepressant on Shabbos?

It’s my understanding that there’s two main categories of non-life threatening illnesses: מיחוש בעלמא, “average pain,” and נפל למשכב, one who is so sick that he’s unable to get out of bed. The former ...
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Anger is a form of idolatry

I recall reading once that when one is hit with a stick that one does not get angry at the stick. This lesson went on to explain that because everything is G-d's will that the man who cause you harm ...
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How is simchah (joy/enthusiasm) attained?

I want to perform mitzvah's with Simchah. I do what I'm supposed to do out of obligation whether I want to or not but the problem is sometimes I feel tired or I feel lazy (especially when someone ...
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To Confront or Not Confront...that is the question?

ב"ה I know the Rambam states that one must not ever get angry as ChAzal have also warned of its dangers which I agree with. But certain situations arise where a person needs to be stern or even ...
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Rambam on ascribing Emotions to G-d

The 3rd principle of faith of Maimonides states: "ג] אֲנִי מַאֲמִין בֶּאֱמוּנָה שְׁלֵמָה, שֶׁהַבּורֵא יִתְבָּרַךְ שְׁמו אֵינו גוּף, וְלא יַשּיגוּהוּ מַשּיגֵי הַגּוּף, וְאֵין לו שׁוּם דִּמְיון ...
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When is desiring another man's property permitted

Reading the Rambam Hilchot G'zela V'aveda Halacha 9-10: Anyone who covets a servant, a maidservant, a house or utensils that belong to a colleague, or any other article that he can purchase from him ...
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How much can we control emotions

It seems that Torah/Judaism maintains that we have the ability to arouse certain emotions (e.g. All you need is love?). How far does the idea that we can control our emotions reach? Specifically, I'm ...
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Do any Rabbis discuss experiencing sadness after producing a chiddush?

In conversation with a friend he relayed to me that after working for a long period of time on producing a chiddush or novel torah insight, once the chiddush is completed he often feels a profound ...
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Yom Kippur, fasting, prayer, crying, and snot

It's Yom Kippur. Mr. Ploni is at home, praying the Amidah prayer with great emotion. He's crying, and his nose is dripping. Although it's a fast day, he wants to lick the snot off his upper lip. If ...
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How did the Gedolim achieve fear of Yom HaDin when the Gemoro says daya letzarah beshatah?

The Gemoro says (Brachot 9b) dayah letzarah beshaatah. The way I understand this and I think Rashi learns like this as well, is that there is no point worrying about an upcoming Tzarah. If you can do ...
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What prayers should one recite in times of great fear?

During situations of great fear, we tend to look to God for comfort and guidance to free us from those fears. I was curious if there was a specific prayer related to fear and being freed from fear ...
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Crying on Rosh Hashanah

When the Jews gathered at the water gate in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashanah to hear Ezra and the Levites read them the Torah, they cried. Hearing the Torah read and explained made them realize how far they ...
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Is Perfection better without or with it? [closed]

The pattern goes that G-d does not need our prayers, or anything tangible or intangible because He has no need whatsoever as the Primal cause and His perfection. He cannot gain from anything. Under ...
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where does the feeling of shame come from?

according to our sources, shame is unique to humans (Duties of the Heart 2:5 "reflect on the feeling of shame with which man alone has been endowed"). It does not exist in animals. Is shame a ...
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Full explanation of the 49 Sefirot combinations?

I am looking for a good source that explains the 49 middot-sefirot combinations. Especially as they manifest as emotions, and ideally explained from "chametz" to "matza", i.e. the ...
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3 cavities of the heart and emotions?

This question is not about the anatomical validity of the claim (I got tired)! The Shu"A Yo"D 40:1 rules (based probably on the Gm in Hulin 45b and Rashb"a): "הַלֵּב יֵשׁ לוֹ ג' חֲלָלִים" - there ...
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Enigmatic interpretation of Mishlei 4:23 - "More than all that you guard, guard your heart, For it is the source of life."

Mishlei 4:23: מִֽכׇּל־מִ֭שְׁמָר נְצֹ֣ר לִבֶּ֑ךָ כִּֽי־מִ֝מֶּ֗נּוּ תּוֹצְא֥וֹת חַיִּֽים׃ More than all that you guard, guard your heart*, For it is the source of life. The basic understanding of this ...
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Is anger OK for a husband?

The Gemara says that וא״ר חִסְדָא תּוּקְפָא בְבֵיתָא כִי קַרְיָא לְשוּמְשְמָא אִידִי וְְאִידִי בְאִיתְּתָא אֲבָל בְגַבְרָא לֵית לָן בָהּ And Rav Chisda also said: Anger in a house is like a worm in ...
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