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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?April 16, 2018 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm in reply to: Will learning Mussar help a psychopath or Narcissist? Among others. #1506932
תורת ה’ תמימה משיבת נפש
היום אם בקולו תשמעו
“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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
And they will say
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
אל תהי ברכת הדיוט קלה בעיניך
let not the blessing of a layperson be light in your eyes
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.”
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.
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.