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  • in reply to: chazaka meiikara #1506936

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    Who told you what Judaism stands for? As far as I know Judaism’s doctrine is the Torah. The rule of chazakah is derived from the Torah; hence, Judaism stands for it. Is there an actual pasuk or drasha that you think contradicts this rule?

    in reply to: Will learning Mussar help a psychopath or Narcissist? Among others. #1506932

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    תורת ה’ תמימה משיבת נפש

    in reply to: Moshiach Here #1501109

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    היום אם בקולו תשמעו

    in reply to: Is recreational cannabis muttar? #1447410

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    “ingesting/smoking marijuana for sure will leave one lightheaded and not able to learn.”

    No one who actually smokes pot will attest to this. That is not what pot does. On the contrary, pot can enable a person to shteig very seriously and substantially. Nor does pot alter your mind, generally speaking, although like many permissible things it can have side effects. Taken right, it enhances your awareness.

    in reply to: What do you think? #1446346

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    To think that Hashem is limited by logic or perfection or statements which are supposedly meaningful is to bring Hashem down to our level. Hashem is not playing in our sandbox and he is not subject to our limited notions of reality. He is the very base of reality. There is nothing, no matter how ridiculous sounding, that is beyond him. To say otherwise is to assume our minds govern God. How is that different than saying we are God and there is nothing outside of us? Is that not the exact opposite of what we say in Alenu and what it says in the pasuk, כי יהוה הוא האלהים בשמים ממעל ועל הארץ מתחת אין עוד?

    Chabadshlucha – I am not sure what using money for good has to do with geula as opposed to galus, but either way, there is no shortage of poverty and struggle even in this day and age, and imagining otherwise is not going to help anyone.

    in reply to: What do you think? #1444953

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    Shopping613 – perfection is just a concept that exists in our minds. Hashem is not limited by concepts.

    Chabadshlucha – we are still in galus. Living as if we aren’t is a surefire way to forget that we need to do what the nevi’im said we need to do in order to get out of galus – namely, do teshuva. How can imagining the geula is already here be wise?

    in reply to: What do you think? #1444672

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    Shopping613 – because Hashem is not controlled by anything. If Hashem cannot do the impossible then the impossible controls him. What makes the impossible impossible if not Hashem? Nothing is impossible for him, not even the impossible.

    in reply to: Six Days of Creation – Refreshing #1444368

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    משל למה הדבר דומה

    Say you have a computer running on an electric current coming through the wall. The constancy of the current is enabling everything else to continue without returning to תהו, or “off.” Every click of the mouse and press of a button is independently meaningful but at the same time has no life without the current that is constantly being powered through. Hashem powers the world continuously without ever stopping. During the six days he clicked the mouse and typed on the keyboard, on Shabbos he rested and just let his power flow without manipulating it in any way.

    in reply to: Daas Torah for Goyim #1444364

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    The second perek of Yeshaya seems relevant:

    הדבר אשר חזה ישעיהו בן אמוץ על יהודה וירושלם והיה באחרית הימים נכון יהיה הר בית יהוה בראש ההרים ונשא מגבעות ונהרו אליו כל הגוים והלכו עמים רבים ואמרו לכו ונעלה אל הר יהוה אל בית אלהי יעקב וירנו מדרכיו ונלכה בארחתיו כי מציון תצא תורה ודבר יהוה מירושלם ושפט בין הגוים והוכיח לעמים רבים וכתתו חרבותם לאתים וחניתותיהם למזמרות לא ישא גוי אל גוי חרב ולא ילמדו עוד מלחמה

    The thing that he saw
    Yeshaya son of Amotz
    On Yehuda and Yerushalayim
    And it will be
    In the end of the days
    Set straight will be
    The mountain-house of Hashem
    In the head of the mountains
    And raised higher than hills
    And they will river-flow to him
    All the nations
    And they will go
    Many peoples
    And they will say
    Go
    And let us go up to the mountain of Hashem
    To the house of the God of Yaakov
    And he will direct us of his roads
    And we will go in his paths
    For from Tziyon goes out Torah and the word of Hashem from Yerushalayim
    And he will judge between the nations
    And give clarity to many peoples
    And they will cut up their swords into plows
    And their spears into pruning-hooks
    Nation will not raise up sword to nation
    And no longer will they learn war

    in reply to: Can you bless someone? 🤧 #1444326

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    אל תהי ברכת הדיוט קלה בעיניך
    let not the blessing of a layperson be light in your eyes

    -Megilla 15a

    in reply to: What do you think? #1444323

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    Yes, Hashem can do the impossible.

    You want to know how? I’m not Hashem, how would I know? I can only explain the so-called “possible.”

    in reply to: Teshuvah #1444295

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    Doing teshuva is not just keeping mitzvos. If we really did teshuva everything would be better. The Torah says so. But teshuva is not just conforming to a certain community standard, it is inner work.

    in reply to: Can a live person be soulless? #1444119

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    What is a “soul”? The word “soul” does not exist in the Torah. Are you talking about the nefesh? The nefesh is what keeps a living thing alive, so no. The ruach? When you go to sleep you give up your ruach, so yes. The neshama? I don’t know but I guess that’s what people mean about demons. I don’t know if this is in the Torah though.

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