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In Shoftim, on witnesses and courts, Deut. 19:15 about 2 witnesses needed, the masters of the mishna quote "the walls of his house and the members of his household". The walls of his house are the walls of his heart." Then Hezekiah turned his heart to the wall and prayed to Gd." Yeshayahu 38:2 The sternum and top 2 ribs around the collarbone are referred ...


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The Sixth Commandment says to honor one’s parents and that they would be granted long life. Exodus 20:12 states: Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the L-rd thy G-d giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12) Honoring one’s parents is next to honoring G-d. Bechor Schor is saying that G-d is saying that: “if you show honor ...


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The purpose of this mitzvah is to bolster faith in tradition by honoring its bearers. That is why it is listed on the first Tablet along with the commandments between man and God. So that your days may be lengthened. This is in recompense for his good deed towards his forebears. Alternatively, it is to enable his own children to honor him, measure for ...


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My Rav in a prominent Toronto Lubavitch shul mentions the importance of understanding science in understanding Halacha. He answered me because of my need to convince a group of 12-14 Orthodox boys’ schools of the validity of my science classes that I teach. The Rav gives examples of how shabbos laws for recent inventions require an understanding of science, ...


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(1) The Magid Mishneh cites the Mechiltah (Parshas Yisro) and Gemarah Bava Metziah 5b, which describe cases of payment as being violation of "You shall not covet", as sources for the Rambam's statement. (2) and (3) The language of the Rambam ("annoys him until he buys it") suggests to me that simply asking just once would not be a violation of coveting. ...


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