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A lot of good examples have been brought already but I am reminded of something in Bava Basra 9a where it writes: אמר להו רבא לבני מחוזא במטותא מנייכו עושו בהדי הדדי כי היכי דליהוי לכו שלמא במלכותא וא"ר אלעזר בזמן שבהמ"ק קיים אדם שוקל שקלו ומתכפר לו עכשיו שאין בהמ"ק קיים אם עושין צדקה מוטב ואם לאו באין עובדי כוכבים ונוטלין בזרוע ואעפ"כ ...


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...agreed with the sources brought by @user6781. Further, the baalei mussar (mussar masters) explain that middah keneged middah is a chesed (kindness) of Hashem, which allows people / person to determine the manner in which they have sinned, in order so that they can do teshuvah. There seems no reason that this kindness should only apply to individuals and ...


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Generally speaking, "good" is synonymous with true "existence". Hence Hashem who has true and independent existence, is "good". By doing mitzvos, you cause yourself to "exist more", this is "tov". By doing aveiros, you cause yourself to exist less, this is "ra". If you cleave to Hashem's, you bring ...


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It is widely discussed in Chassidish literature that the final day of chanukah - known as 'Zos Chanukah' is when the judgement from Rosh Hashanah is properly finalised. In the Sefer Orchos Aharon here on p.106 (see image) it notes how in Beis Aharon and the Bnei Yissoschor they both expressly write that Zos Chanukah represents the 'chasimah' - the sealing of ...


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I am guessing that you mean it does not start until after Hoshana Rabba. Hoshana Rabba is the last of the days of mercy. While the judgment takes places on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur there is still a chance to "appeal" until Hoshana Rabba.


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There is a mishnah (Pirqei Avos 1:3) on the topic: אַנְטִיגְנוֹס אִישׁ סוֹכוֹ קִבֵּל מִשִּׁמְעוֹן הַצַּדִּיק. הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, אַל תִּהְיוּ כַעֲבָדִים הַמְשַׁמְּשִׁין אֶת הָרַב עַל מְנָת לְקַבֵּל פְּרָס, אֶלָּא הֱווּ כַעֲבָדִים הַמְשַׁמְּשִׁין אֶת הָרַב שֶׁלֹּא עַל מְנָת לְקַבֵּל פְּרָס, וִיהִי מוֹרָא שָׁמַיִם עֲלֵיכֶם: Antigonus a man of Socho received [...


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Of course one should not demean those whose observance is motivated by ulterior motives, especially because most people are a mix of better and not so good intentions on any given day. Saying that one behavior or attitude is greater than another is not meant to put down those who have yet to reach the greater level. This is discussed at length in the perakim ...


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What is reward and punishment and how does it work? The biblical portion of Eikev starts with Deuteronomy 7:12 and details what righteous Jews can expect if they act according to the commands. For example, Deuteronomy 7 promises grain, fruit, wine, oil, cattle, flocks, goats, and not infertility, illnesses or enemies. Deuteronomy 11 promises additional rain ...


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Rambam in Hilchot Teshuvah 9:1 explains that the ‘rewards’ listed in the convenant are not at all ends in and of themselves. Rather, if we behave correctly, G-d grants us a tranquil, comfortable existence in This World, making it easier for us to gain life in the Next World, by allowing us time and opportunity to focus on living a life of service to Him.


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