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Rabbi Manis Friedman is a world-renowned author, lecturer and philosopher; and co-founder of Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies. He also served as simultaneous translator for the live televised talks by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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It used to be that the borders of the world were very clear. Day was day, night was night, good was good and bad was bad. Today the whole world is suffering from a pervasive loss of borders.
Three Kinds of Modesty
Everything in creation is meant to thrive in its own environment: Fish live in water, plants live in soil, animals must breathe air. The environment in which a human being thrives is modesty.
How Separation Creates Fiery Love
There are two kinds of human love: the intrinsic, calm love that we feel for people to whom we're related by birth; and the more intimate, fiery love that exists in marriage. This is why the husband-wife relationship is very different from the parent-chil...
Modest Relationships
Teenage dating is stressful, an unnecessary burden. The competition is not fair to the kids who aren't popular; and the kids who are popular become cruel about it. It doesn't do anyone any good.
How Modesty Creates Borders
Why did G-d give us the wonderful gift of sexuality and then say, "But don't use it now, or here, or there, but only at this time and under certain conditions"? Why didn't he create sexuality that is perfectly acceptable at all times?
Being Receptive to Another Person
In marriage, you have to have the kind of receptiveness that enables you to perceive your spouse as he or she really is. But in order to do so, you must first become open, empty, and very vulnerable.
Virtues Essential to an Intimate Relationship
Ideally, in a strong traditional marriage, the husband surrenders to the wife and the wife surrenders to the husband. No less and no differently. As responsible as the wife feels for the husband, the husband feels for the wife.
Humility and Anger
By the time he gets home, he's too ashamed to explain to his wife why he came home early. The next day, he's embarrassed. "How could I behave that way? A grown man, losing his temper over such a petty thing?
Loyalty, Respect, and Devotion in Action
Everyone has a capacity for love, respect, and appreciation. You know when you need it, you know when you want it, and you know when you're not getting it.
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