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ZK-I disagree. the mind is stronger than you can imagine, & when so much is at stake, it is you last & most important asset.
Think to yourself: If I don’t keep it together, I will be useless to my husband/wife/kids/parents/employer/employees/friends-in-need, etc, & that’s the whole reason why I was zoche to say modeh ani in the first place. HKB”H gave me another day, ,even in this condition, & I’m going to put one foot in front of the next, no matter how little I accomplish, because the alternative is not an option. And tonight I’ll put myself to sleep earlier, like I should have last night.
Where do you live? Do you have a local sofer. If you’re in NY you can be directed to some honest & reasonably priced soferim. If you’re out of town, do you want a phone #? Would you buy “long distance”?
This question is apropos to this weeks parsha. 27:33- Va-yecherad Yitzchok. Yitzchok was Chareidi. One of the ideas expressed by the Daas Z’keinim is that Yitzchok was afraid that he may have done something contrary to the ratzone Hashem. (ma a-von u-ma michshol b’yadi). The ba-alei mussar say that there are no pareve actions. Everything is either in accordance with the will of Hashem or contrary to the will of Hashem. A Chareidishe Jew always has that concept on his mind and evaluates each action he takes in light of it.
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I heard this from Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb:
The morning brochos are not birchos hoda’ah, rather they are how we re-insert ourselves into creation each day. Man & woman were supposed to have been created according to Hashem’s desire, but Man did not achieve that level. That is why he needs so many mitzvos to perfect himself. When he introduces himself, it would be almost embarrassing to get up and say “Hello world, I’m Man”. The best he can say is, out of the 2, I’m not the Woman. (It’s more face-saving to say ‘I didn’t win’ rather than ‘I lost’). The Woman, on the other hand, does not need as many mitzvos because she came out at a level of perfection that lets her start each day with the declaration, “I am the one that was made according to the desire of Hashem”
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Regarding the freedom of speech issue, not only can the government not restrict you from saying what you want, the government cannot compel you say what THEY want. I am free to say whatever _I_ want. Therefore, they cannot force me to tell parents that MBP includes the risk of death. I certainly wouldn’t lie or distort the truth if asked, but I cannot be compelled to scare people away from a minhag to which they are supposed to adhere. A responsible Mohel (i.e. Halachically responsible Mohel) who knows that he carries the virus & is a threat to the child’s health will not (should not) perform MBP, but that’s my business & not the government’s.
Aurora- you might find “Perek Shira” interesting. It talks about how each one of the creations sings its own praise to Hashem (G-d). The praises are verses from various places places in Tanach (the Old Testament). The cat is mentioned toward the end of Chapter 5. (Perek Shira can be easily found on line in the original Hebrew & translation). The cat is also mentioned in the introductory Talmud citation as being the quintessential example of modesty.