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Question No. 1812
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 11 Dec 2010
The Question What are the sources for the halacha that teshuva doesn't work if you planned ahead that you would do the aveira and then do teshuva? It's logical that a just God would have this rule, but I can't remember where I saw it and I want to show someone inside. —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1801
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 13 Nov 2010
The Question I am a frum baal tshuva, married for more than 20 years with a number of children. I know that I am supposed to have kavanos l'Shem Shamayim when having relations, but I am only able to focus on the physical pleasure aspects (and often other even less holy thoughts). Can you provide any advice of how to improve this situation? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 1800
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 13 Nov 2010
The Question The general outlook towards goyim amongst some religious groups seems to be very negative, teaching children from a young age that goyim is synonymous with reshaim. Would you agree that this is not in line with the Torah (e.g. Avraham Avinu's hospitality towards real idol worshippers.) I am writing this because of reading material that my son's gan supplies on a regular basis. —Naomi, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1794
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 1 Nov 2010
The Question Could the Rav please explain the Torah's view on physical beauty? On the one hand all of the Emahos are described as being yefas toar and yefas mareh, but on the other hand we say sheker ha'chain vHevel haYofi. If it is seen as being positve, what exactly is the benefit? Thank you so much —Anonymous
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Question No. 1792
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2010
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff shlit"a, I am trying to understand free will better. If person A wants to harm person B, chas vashalom, does Hashem allow person's A's evil plans to come to fruition only if it is predetermimed for person B to be injured? Or rather does he let person A's actions come to fruition and not intervene unless person B has enough merit to warrent a miracle and intervention? Also, if someone is driving and the driver next to him is a reckless driver & crashes into him & injures him, does that mean it was predetermined in Shamayim that the person be injured or does it mean that Hashem allowed the reckless driver to injure him b/c he did not have the zechus for Hashem to intervene? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1790
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 26 Oct 2010
The Question Lichvod HaRav Shlita, why do we have the mitsvah to love H', and we don't have the Mitsvah to love our parents? If possible, could you also explain the Maharal's answer for this question based on his sefer "Netivos Olam" (chelek b', page lamed ches)? —Anonymous, Brazil
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Question No. 1781
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 12 Sep 2010
The Question Re: 1749 The one nekuda that I hope the Rav could further answer is in a situation where there are two individuals that "live there lives to thefullest.Meaning, "Reuven" is a Tzadik and Gaon in Torah, and "Shimon" is an Am Haaretz in the truest sense. Both Reuven and Shimon do everything b'ratzon Hashem-they live there lives pure, and to the highest level of productivity that Ribono Shel Olalm allotted to them to be able to achieve.In other words, Reuven and Shimon were both niftar with the same clean slate? —Naftali Zvi, NY, NY
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Question No. 1777
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 5 Sep 2010
The Question Shalom, Rabbi Leff, thank you for such a wondeful website full of Torah! My question is as follows: Recently I was reading some books about the Rambam by someone named Marc Shapiro, one is about the 13 ikrim, and the other is about understanding the Rambam in general (it's called "Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreter"). I was really suprised by some stuff he wrote - it's totally not like I was taught by my Rebbeim. But he has TONS of documentation supporting his theories. Is the Rav familiar with these two books, and if yes, are the ideas in them ok for a ben Torah? Thank you again for this great website, Ksiva Vchasima Tova! —Sammy, USA
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Question No. 1776
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 5 Sep 2010
The Question Lekavod HaRav Shlitah: There was a question asked about the legitimacy of the Zohar (it was question number 1084 in the archives). The Rav said that the Zohar has become accepted by the entire Jewish people. But then afterwards I found out that there is a group of Jews, called Dor Daim (who are not reformers but rather they have an authentic mesorah going back many many generations) who don't accept it at all. So does the Rav really mean to say the majority ("rov") of the Jewish people, but not everyone? —Menashe Yosef, Queens, N.Y.
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Question No. 1775
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 5 Sep 2010
The Question There's a website (frumteens.com) which has some very disturbing stories: the Chafetz Chaim and R' Kotler seemingly being mevazeh certain talmidei chachamim. What are we to make of these stories? Isn't one who does this considered an apikorus? What's the difference between legitimate critique and outright bizayon? —Anonymous, CT
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Question No. 1774
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 Sep 2010
The Question Dear Rebbi, Thank you for all of the fascinating Toras Chaim you share with the public. Why is it that in the Yeshivish world, Shuls do not make a Mi sheberach for the IDF? Chacham Ovadia Shlita says it's ok to say it, as long as "Tzava Hagana L'yisrael" is omitted. —Meir, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1773
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 2 Sep 2010
The Question I am studying with someone from partners in torah and we discussed this weeks parsha where it mentions in 29:22 "Hashem overturned his anger and his wrath". My partner told me that he sees g-d not being perfect since he gets angry and he himself sometimes gets angry too, another example he used was where Moshe prayed for the Israelites for g-d to remove his anger. I explained to him that gd is perfect and he doesn't get angry it is a metaphor since the Torah speaks in our language and understanding. But he still didn't grasp that concept. I am looking for something deeper to explain to him if it's a mini course that I can teach him for a couple of weeks I am game for that. Any suggestion. —Heshy, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1768
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 29 Aug 2010
The Question Regarding the Rav's answer for question 1749: In a situation where there are two individuals that "live there lives to the fullest." Meaning, "Reuven" is a Tzadik and Gaon in Torah, and "Shimon" is an Am Haaretz in the truest sense. Both Reuven and Shimon do everything b'ratzon Hashem- they live there lives pure, and to the highest level of productivity that Ribono Shel Olalm allotted to them to be able to achieve. The question is: During the endless years after the petirah of Reuven- he would be reaping endless schar, due to the masses of Klal Yisroel continuously learning his Torah. On the other hand, Shimon who's name is not even remembered by Klal Yisroel- would remain with the original schar that he received due to his pure life? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1757
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 30 Jun 2010
The Question what is the mekor for the hamsa? should i wear one? —Charlie, San Fransisco
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Question No. 1750
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 22 Jun 2010
The Question One of my friends has told me that I am not acting in accordance with the principle of “Aseh l'cha Rav”. Now it’s true that I don’t know any Rabbi who knows me or my situation very well. Most of the Rabbis I know are very busy and would not have the time for me. How does one go about getting “a Rav”? I am a Ba’al Teshuvah and for various reasons missed out on learning full time in Yeshivah, What do I do now? And does it really matter? Gratefully —Aryeh, NY
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Question No. 1749
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 21 Jun 2010
The Question There is a known concept that is brought by Chazal that every Jew is given the ability to obtain the same schar (merit/reward) as his fellow. The fact that one individual may be an illui and another person a simpleton, each receives schar according to his level. The question for the Rav is: How is this concept understood, with the fact that a Tzadik who published many seforim will be getting endless schar after his death (from people learning his Torah), as opposed to the simple Yid who wasn't able to write seforim. How do we understand that they get the same amount of schar for their efforts on this world, based on the outcome above? —Anonymous, U.S.A.
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Question No. 1746
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 16 Jun 2010
The Question Regarding the Rav's answer to #1687. But our mesorah is not so solid; there were periods in our history when the Torah was completely forgotten by the masses (See II Kings 22:8-23:22;Nechemiah 8:13-17;Radak on II Kings 22:8;Nachmanides on Numbers 15:22). So maybe these Jewish leaders (e.g. Ezra) were just charismatic and influential speakers who made up the entire Torah? Also, the story of a mass revelation is not unique to Judaism. For example, the case of Marian apparitions at the Coptic church in the Cairo suburb of Zeitoun between April 2, 1968, and May 29, 1971. Millions are said to have witnessed the apparitions and reports about them appeared both in the Egyptian and world press.(See Francis Johnston,"When Millions Saw Mary," pp. 4-5) —Anonymous, New York, New York
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Question No. 1743
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 15 Jun 2010
The Question Lichvod Harav, Is it possible for someone ch”v to ruin someone’s life by negative THOUGHTS? A friend was struck by two very difficult issues, loaleinu. I sometimes used to think, that in spite of their not being so makpid in some things, the husband had lots of time to learn. There could have been a hint of jealousy, being that my situation is different. I really like them, and I never ch”v wished for any harm. I don’t think I dwelled on this, it just went through my head sometimes. I’m generally very concerned about people, I do “fargin”, and I definitely don’t want to cause harm. I usually say the tefilla before Shema, which says “nobody should be punished because of me”. Would that prevent this? Distressed /Depressed —Anonymous, America
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Question No. 1734
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 7 Jun 2010
The Question I heard your explanation of what our tafkid is, but what about the fact that Hashem sends us yisurim in order for us to do certain extra things (ex:start a chessed organization) Is there any way of knowing what extra things Hashem wants from us without the push of yisurim c"v? —Anonymous, usa
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Question No. 1719
Category Hashkafa (Jewish Thought/Philosophy)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2010
The Question I have heard different opinions about hashgacha pratis and our own free will. Does Hashem directly control everything, or does our free will affect how things are going to be? particularly in the area of shidduchim - do we have a zivug that Hashem gives us, or do we choose who we marry? —Anonymous, Toronto
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