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Ahavat HaShem Question: I heard a drusha from Rabbi Asher where he said that the way to fulfill Ahavat HaShem completety including with all Nefesh is the way of Rabbi Akiva to die in Kiddush HaShem. If so how would it be possible to reach the higher level of fear of Hashem which comes after Ahava? Answer: There are many levels of both Ahavas Hashem and Yiras Hashem discussed throughout Chazal, while dying a ...

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Kiddush Hashem

Kiddush Hashem Question: I've heard it said many times that a Jew that's killed because he's a Jew is considered as if he died Al Kiddush Hashem. Where is the source for this? Answer: While the source for this is unclear, it is an idea which has become widely accepted among believing Jews. One who is threatened with conversion or giving up his life, and gives up his life has died "al kiddush Hashem". Many w ...

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Hisbodedus, Transplants

Question: I learn in a kollel and with the community at night. I am 30 years old and recently have been learning chasidus and find I have an inclination towards this. I thought about taking time each day for hisbodedus or at least when I walk to an back from the kollel. Until now I have been reciting Mishnayos I had memorized. Would this be the correct thing to do - to take off learning for hisbodedus. (I l ...

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Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash3

Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash3 Question: "מי יעלה בהר השם ומי יקום במקום קדשו" שלום וברכה, תודה לתשובה ששלחתם. נראה לי, שמילים אלו כתב הרב ווייס (או מישהו אחר) רב וייס כתב בתקופה אחרת ואינם מתייחסים ישיר לשאלות ששאלתי. תודה בכל זאת. דברים חשובים. ברור לי שיש להרב הקיף רב ושליטה בכל מיני סוגיות בש''ס. "בשישה מצינה!" (בבא מציעא קיד:). עברתי על ההערות של הרב. לדעתי, יש כמה נקודות וציטוטים שהובאו שאולי אינם שי ...

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Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash 2

Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash 2 Question: Hi, I was very disappointed with the answer provided. I had thought the I would receive a serious answer with מראה מקומות. Instead, I received a convoluted answer that doesn't address the question. With all due respect, the Rambam doesn't say that Mashiach will be the only one to build the Mikdash. See first Halacha of Beith Habechirah---no mention of mashiach ( I ...

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Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash

Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash Question: Shalom, L'cvod Rav Osher Weiss Shlita, I would like to understand why many Rabbis prohibit people going up to Har Habyit even after they have gone to a Mikvah. According to the Rambam in Hilchot biyat hamikdash 3:4, even a dead person may be brought onto Har Habayit. Why do these same Rabbis reject over 200 Mitzvot that can only be done on Har Habyit? Where in our To ...

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Chazal and Science

Chazal and Science Question: Lchivod Harav, I heard a shiur from the Rav (Shoftim 5772) about his opinion about Chazal and Science. I really appreciated the approach and it made sense to me. If I understood correctly, it's that Chazal weren't trying to convey the metzius. Rather they were being koveah the halacha forever using the tools they had at their time, regardless of the scientific metzius. A kasha I ...

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Sexual abuse

Question: I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. I have spent a great deal of time trying to understand the abuse that I suffered, both in the context of psychology and also the frum community. My question is as follows: does extreme religious segregation turn opportunists into pedophiles? Does the banning of genuinely sexless interactions such as handshaking in a business context, banning pictures of modes ...

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Swallowed A Fly

Swallowed A Fly Question: If someone inadvertenly swallows a fly: 1) Is there any teshuva to be done and, if so, what is the derech hateshuva? 2) Al Pi HASHKAFAH, since everything is Hashgocho Protiis, what message can one glean form this? Is there any concern that there was a pre-existing pgam in the person's neshama that allowed this to happen? Where should one begin to be mefashfaysh b'ma'asav? Thank you ...

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Zechiras Amalek and Siag Deoraisa

Zechiras Amalek and Siag Deoraisa Question: Hi, I was reading one of Kavod Harav's articles in Minchas Asher on the Moadim regarding the Mitzvah of Zechiras Amalek. My friend and I had done some previous research on the topic, and were wondering if it is possible to add Zechiras Amalek to the list of possible Siagei Deoraisa (similar to the list created by Rav Yosef Engel ZT"L). The Siag would be Atu Mechia ...

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