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Just as in ancient times, the modern giant has continued to threaten the dwarf for over sixty years. Yet time and again, the dwarf emerges victorious . . .
Many spirited debates have been held on the necessity of fearing the Almighty. Many feel that only love is needed, and associate fear as a negative emotion in relation to G-d.
In the first paragraph of Shema we are told first the mitzvah of education and then the mitzvah of tefillin. The order is reversed in the second paragraph. What is the significance behind this change in wording?
It is easy to feel that we own our achievements. Charity? It's my money! Gratitude? For what? This is all my work!
The subtle differences between the first and second paragraphs of the Shema offer the key to our spiritual survival in a world without miracles.
If G‑d wants us to "perform the true service simply because it is true," why does He distract us with promises of recompense? Is it a proper to give someone an incentive if it's essentially not in his or her best interest?
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