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Background: According to the basic halacha in Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 106), women are obligated in praying Shchris and Mincha like men. There are poskim who say that they do not have to say the full prayers, just some request with praise before and afterwards (Magen Avraham ibid.). In Halicos Bas Yisrael, chapter 2 note 2, Rav Yitzchok Fucs brings in the name ...


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Rebbe Nachman taught: “If you believe that you can destroy, believe that you can repair.” And more than this, when a person [without intention] fell spiritually very deep, his desire and efforts to come back to the right path generate more glory for God's name. Here is the quote from book here: What brings Hashem the most glory is when those who are ...


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One of the central themes in the educational teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, aka The Lubavitcher Rebbe, is the concept of a descend before an eventual and greater ascend. It is difficult to point to one source, as this theme emerges over and over again in his letters and teachings. Because this is the way the world was designed: Any descent ...


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So sorry to hear how difficult things are right now - may your sun rise soon even brighter than the darkness of your sunset! It's especially tough to get out of bed in the morning feeling the weight of all those years on your shoulders. The only way I know of to get through any searingly painful tragedy is focusing on living in the present - what does the ...


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Proverbs 3.6 In all your ways acknowledge him, he will make straight your paths. Psalm 39:4-5 "Oh LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah" Psalm 90:12 So teach us ...


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In addition to some other fine answers, here's another thought. In Pirqei Avos (4:1), Ben Zoma asks and answers: איזה הוא עשיר? השמח בחלקו, שנאמר ״יְגִיעַ כַּפֶּיךָ כִּי תֹאכֵל אַשְׁרֶיךָ וְטוֹב לָךְ׃״ Who is wealthy? One who is happy with his lot. As it says, “When you eat the labor of your hands, you are enriched and it is good for you.” (Tehillim ...


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I'm not a Jew, beware. You could have a look at Derech Chaim ("The Way of Life") by Rabbi Dovber, the second Rabbi of Lubavitch. Part one is called Shaar HaTeshuvah, "The Gate of Return", I don't know about the other parts. It begins like so: Behold, every day at the beginning of one's morning prayers, each person says the words, "My G-d, the soul which ...


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There is nothing that does not come from G-d - even evil has a kernel of good. This is why evil is referred to as a klipah, a shell - it separates holiness from G-d but the holiness is still there, buried within. While it is not advisable to deliberately pursue a sinful life for the sake of "redeeming" it later, once it is already done, there is always a ...


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What happened happened and the Torah approach is not to dwell on it, but rather focus on improving going forward. Regarding sins from the past, the Rambam writes (Hilchot Teshuva 1:3) Teshuvah [repentance] atones for all sins. Even a person who was wicked his whole life and repented in his final moments will not be reminded of any aspect of his ...


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Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said: הַיּוֹם בּוֹ נוֹלַדְתָּ הוּא הַיּוֹם בּוֹ הֶחְלִיט הקב"ה שֶׁהָעוֹלָם אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לְהִתְקַיֵּים בַּלְעֲדֶיךָ The day that you were born is the day God decided the world could not be preserved without you. Think about this and find out why.


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Exodus 25, with the exception of chapters 32–34, the Torah describes the creation of the sanctuary, Mishkan, Tabernacle in English. The story of the construction of the Tabernacle follows almost immediately after the revelation of the Decalogue (Ten Commandments), when the mobile sanctuary is to be made. In 25:8 and 9, for example, we read that G-d commands, ...


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Talmud Sukkah 53A: חסידים ואנשי מעשה כו': ת"ר יש מהן אומרים אשרי ילדותנו שלא ביישה את זקנותנו אלו חסידים ואנשי מעשה ויש מהן אומרים אשרי זקנותנו שכפרה את ילדותנו אלו בעלי תשובה אלו ואלו אומרים אשרי מי שלא חטא ומי שחטא ישוב וימחול לו The mishna continues: The pious and the men of action would dance before the people who attended the celebration. The ...


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I think there is maybe something by Rambam about not seeing yourself as either good or bad, but just thinking of acting rightly in the very next moment. So, the present is everything. A similar idea is clearly laid out a few times in the book of Ezekiel, echoing the Torah's teaching about repentance (i.e. choosing a better path) being restorative.


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Rav Hirsch explains that this shows that a man is not complete until he marries and becomes a an independent being with a partner of his own. Until that occurs, he is part of the family unit and subject to the control of his parents. Therefore, because as long as man was alone it was not yet "good", and because once the division had been made, it was no ...


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