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Heat Your Heart Out
The laws of kosher kitchenware teach us about sweetening judgments.
Among the laws covered in this Torah portion is that of purifying utensils captured from idolaters. Pans, skewers and other items that were used to cook over a fire are purified by putting them again through fire in order to be used in the holy Israelite camp. The Zohar likens fasting, prayer and even Torah learning to this purification process.
Spinning Strictness with Mercy
Kabbalah teaches that maturity is the ability to combine complementary qualities.
The Hebrew word for woman is "isha", which includes both strict judgment and mercy. Every woman is called "judgment" until she grows to become a married woman, when she combines the feminine aspect of gevura with the masculine aspect of chesed.

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