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The gemara in Moed Kattan 18b would seem to advise against it: כי הא דרבא שמעיה לההוא גברא דבעי רחמי ואמר תזדמן לי פלניתא א"ל לא תיבעי רחמי הכי אי חזיא לך לא אזלא מינך ואי לא כפרת בה' בתר הכי שמעיה דקאמר או איהו לימות מקמה או איהי תמות מקמיה א"ל לאו אמינא לך לא תיבעי עלה דמילתא This is like this incident, in which Rava heard a certain man asking for ...


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מעיד אני עלי את השמים ואת הארץ, בין ישראל בין עכו״ם, בין איש בין אשה, בין עבד ובין שפחה הכל לפי מעשה שהוא עושה - כך רוח הקודש שורה עליו. (Seder Eliyahu Raba 9). And Avoda Zara 3a (Rabbi Meir). See also Rambam, end of Shmita ve-Yovel.


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הוריות יג. כהן קודם ללוי לוי לישראל ישראל לממזר וממזר לנתין ונתין לגר וגר לעבד משוחרר אימתי בזמן שכולם שוים אבל אם היה ממזר תלמיד חכם וכהן גדול עם הארץ ממזר תלמיד חכם קודם לכהן גדול עם הארץ Horiyos 13a: Kohen before a levi. Levi before a yisroel. Yisroel before a mamzer. Mamzer before a nasin [Gibeonite]. Nasin before a convert. Convert before a freed ...


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Rabbi Shafier of The Shmuz asks this question in one of the pieces from Parshas Mishpatim. The gist of his answer (although I'd recommend reading it directly, it's not too long of an article) is a two step answer: 1) all results come about from Hashem, even though a person puts intent into their actions, ultimately no results would come about from the ...


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Bava Kama 38a ולא והתניא ר"מ אומר מנין שאפילו נכרי ועוסק בתורה שהוא ככהן גדול ת"ל (ויקרא יח, ה) אשר יעשה אותם האדם וחי בהם כהנים ולוים וישראלים לא נאמר אלא אדם הא למדת שאפילו נכרי ועוסק בתורה הרי הוא ככהן גדול The Gemara asks: But do they not receive reward for fulfilling those mitzvot? But isn’t it taught in a baraita that Rabbi Meir says: From ...


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Kuntres U'mayan (1:1-4) explains that man's (the highest of all creations) pleasure should be in spiritual matters, and especially in wisdom, because that is his advantage over all creations. When one decides instead to take pleasure from one of the physical levels of pleasure (eating, art, etc.), not only is he not fulfilling his purpose on this world, but ...


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The point was that Hashem sent the plagues so that Pharoah would see that Hashem wanted to indicate to him that he was supposed to send them out. The Egyptians could have rebelled and appointed a new king in order to send them out. Once Pharoah saw that the oppression of the Hebrews led to punishment he could have decided to do the right thing. There are ...


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Not only the tribe of Levi, but any man of all the inhabitants of the earth, whose spirit has moved him and whose mind has given him to understand to set himself aside to stand before G‑d to serve Him, to worship Him, to know G‑d and walk justly as G‑d has created him, and he cast from his neck the yoke of the many calculations that men seek — this man has ...


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I believe the Gemara is saying that the only way a person could willfully sin thereby separating themselves from the One & Only, the Greatest Good Imaginable, & the Source of all life, blessing, & goodness is if he’s gone mad with lust & is literally out of his right mind, it therefore follows that a spirit of foolishness must have ...


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