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Shlomo Yaffe

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We all have different levels of ability, opportunity and commitment. Every one of us has strengths and weaknesses. The foundation of the edifice, however, is built of constancy . . .
Why does Moses issue a call for the “wise of heart”? Is this not a contradiction in terms? After all, wisdom is in the mind, while emotions are in the heart!
Why is "an abundance of truth" considered one of the attributes of mercy? Truth is a severe and honest judge, unwilling to overlook misdeeds and transgressions...
G‑d inserted the reading of Mishpatim before going back in time to discuss key elements of the narrative of the giving of the Torah. His way of saying: "Before you can receive the Torah fully—study Mishpatim!
Possessions are not an end in themselves. Iif anything, a person whose life revolves around them becomes a slave to his or her property. We can end up right back in an Egypt of our own making...
What would be the point of going to Mount Sinai if not to receive the Torah? What other point is there in being there? After all, at this particular mountain there is neither food, nor water, nor skiing . . .
We are inclined to believe that all intellectual and artistic endeavors are inherently positive. There are those who would argue that untrammeled intellectual and artistic expression is itself a fundamental good . . .
The key to “korbanot” (sacrifices) is bringing our entire life “close.” This is through the understanding that every obligation in Judaism is assembled from the components of everyday life . . .
Holiness is overrated, Kedushah is not
The things that are kodesh, "holy," are the ordinary events and stuff of life; remaining so, but separated from undesirable elements that would dilute and weaken them.
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