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Hi, I opened a letter of the Lubavitcher Rebbe recently that was talking about the Torah's mitzvah / commandment not to murder. I think the Rebbe's letter was encouraging to pass on the message but I am not sure.

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I just opened another letter of the Rebbe in which he was talking about the desecration of the Sabbath in public etc.

Unfortunately I am not able to keep the Shabbat at this time due to my circumstances, or at least this is my perception. Hopefully one day I will be healed from my illness and be off medications and be able to keep the Sabbath properly if that is what G*d will want, or maybe there will no longer be an obligation to keep the Sabbath when the redemption comes, I am not sure.

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In the Torah it says that spilling one's seed is like murder as well. I have taken upon myself to not spill seed G*d willing in general. I sometimes (often) arouse myself to feel temptation etc., but I stop arousing myself before any seed comes out, out of respect for the Torah etc.

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Hi AaronBenjamin, The basis of all Religions is technically the same. Thou shall not Kill. I admire your Faith in the Torah. Though like the Bible, I wouldn't take everything it says literally.


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Hi, there is a saying in the Torah that Scripture does not go out from its literal meaning. Can you give an example of what you mean when you say not to take everything literally? I can think of one example for you now that I think of it, it says "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" however the Oral Torah explains that this means monetary compensation rather than an actual eye or tooth etc. Lets hope that in general we will not have to take the negative things we read and think about literally, especially if the Mashiach comes soon etc.

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I just mean that all Religious Texts, were written down thousands of years ago, so who really knows how accurate they are?


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Hi, the Orthodox Jewish belief is that the Written Torah that we have today is exactly the same as it was when it was originally given to Moses on Mount Sinai, letter for letter. According to Jewish law, if a Torah scroll has one letter not copied correctly, the entire Torah scroll is not kosher (invalid). The cost of purchasing a Torah scroll is also very expensive, which is another reason that much care and effort are invested in the process of producing one properly.

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Even if the text is exactly the same as it was thousands of years ago it does not mean that we attribute the same meaning to it.


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Can you give an example to illustrate what you may be referring to?

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HI AaronBenjamin,

Our consciousness has expanded over two thousand years.

We only learned by being taught back then because we were primitive in consciousness, since then we have learned to look within for the answers. Our consciousness has expanded.

This, of course, is my own personal opinion.

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Hi Cheeneka, I hear what you are saying, but do you think that looking within will always provide the right answer? Sometimes people have impulses or drives that go in the wrong direction, in Judaism it is taught that the Torah helps keep us on the straight path, when we may not know which way to go, without the Torah's guidance.

I agree with you that looking within is also important though.

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I'm not sure on the whole we have advanced, I believe we have fallen deeper into darkness. After all their have been multiple developed civilisations, the Mayans, Lumeria, and who built the pyramids? God knows it wasn't us, we can't even build a small one.

Very few souls have advance from my understanding and if we had we wouldn't have all this depravity on this planet.

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If a person is not on the level of a complete tzadik, completely righteous etc. then I don't think they can trust themself to always make the right decisions just by listening to their own inner voice, since they are still ruled at least in part by their evil inclination. The Lubavitcher Rebbe also said that in our generation we are like midgets standing on the shoulders of giants. In other words even though the previous generations were on a higher spiritual level than us individually, however we are on a higher level in a way since we are standing on top of their accomplishments as well as our own.

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I guess I will try to avoid arousing myself as well. Once you start it can become too tempting, it probably will need to be avoided entirely.

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On a similar topic I sometimes watch videos on the computer of women lifting men. For some reason I find this attractive. Is this wrong for me to do? Or do you think I should not worry about it?

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I don't know what you mean by lifting men, but I don't think it's wrong ,unless it's an obsession.


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how would you define an obsession?

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I should probably avoid looking at those types of videos as well. It seems to me that I am just arousing and tempting the evil inclination and it is probably not something I should be doing. It is not so easy but I should probably practice abstinence.

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I am a bit troubled by this. On the one hand, I don't want to go too far and when one "flirts with the evil inclination" it can tend to go too far sometimes, however on the other hand, I don't believe the evil inclination was created in order to be negated. I believe the Torah teaches that it is meant to be harnessed and directed in the right direction, as in the saying 'curb your enthusiasm'. So I am a bit at a loss what to do with myself since on the one hand I don't want to negate my evil inclination while on the other hand I don't want it to cause me to go too far (in the wrong direction) etc.

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how would you define an obsession?

An obsession is anything you focus all your intentions on.


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Well for me it is not really an obsession since my hormones level is very low anyways (due to medications I think) however, once I start looking at that kind of stuff I kind of get sucked into it, since I still do have some hormones and sometimes I get a bit bored since my life is not so active sometimes etc.

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It seems to make you uncomfortable, if something doesn't feel right to us, then it isn't. There must be other Sites you can check out, or other things to occupy you ,other than being on-line. We're all healthier if we have varied interests.


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It makes me feel uncomfortable because it may be in conflict with the Torah, which does not permit the spilling of seed, and does not encourage immodest behavior. On the other hand, this is partially about keeping my evil inclination alive since when I don't do these kind of things, I feel like my evil inclination is being negated instead of harnessed and I don't think that is ideal either. Maybe in my circumstances it is my most preferable option. But that is a bit difficult. I don't have too many things to do with my time. During the day I am busy with my mom and listening to the radio from Israel with her etc. however at night when I come home, I have occasional TV shows I watch, such as hockey games, news, and a few other shows sometimes. Aside from that my main interest is my computer since I find it difficult to read books unfortunately, ever since I am on the psychiatric medications. I believe there may be a connection there.

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Do you feel that there may be a value in keeping the evil inclination alive so to speak, or does this just sound like foolishness?

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I don't think there is any value in keeping evil inclinations alive.


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I hear what you are saying. If we are talking about some negative aspects of the evil inclination such as inappropriate cruelty, terrorism, murder etc. then I would agree with you. However, in the Torah the sexual drive is sometimes also called the evil inclination if I am not mistaken. This is what I was referring to. Ideally the Torah encourages people to make their sexual drive holy through marriage and following the laws of the Torah etc. but for someone in my circumstances, I am struggling with the idea of negating the sexual drive entirely even though the Torah encourages modesty etc.

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Having a sexual drive is normal, not evil. Maybe someone else has another view to share with you.


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I don't believe the Torah says that having a sexual drive is evil. However when a person uses the sexual drive in ways that go against the will of G*d then that is called part of the evil inclination. Ultimately the sexual drive is meant to be a holy thing as marriage in the Torah is called Kedushin, which shares the same root as kedusha - holiness. I hope that one day I will be more healthy in all ways and that hopefully I will find my soul mate to marry, possibly after the Messiah comes.

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I feel a bit caught in the middle since on the one hand I don't really want to and it is difficult to just negate the sexual drive entirely, on the other hand my only expressions for it that are available to me right now seem to be forbidden by the Torah and considered a serious transgression, so it makes me feel guilty etc.

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It seems from Isaiah that there is a value in being a "eunuch" perhaps as the verses state:
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56:3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
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there was a time when those verses may have described me possibly since I was like a eunich (not married) and guarding my modesty properly and keeping the Sabbath etc. but with time and since I have been on the medications for a while, my Judaism has deteriorated and I no longer keep the Sabbath properly for example and my modesty has become on a lower level as well.

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I guess this provides another reason to look forward to the coming of the Messiah and the redemption since then all problems will be fixed including this one (problems with modesty etc.) and in the meanwhile I do feel like it may be beyond my ability to do everything properly in my current circumstances and I hope G*d will have mercy, understanding and ahavat chinam (unconditional love) for me among all of Israel and the Bnai Noah and redeem us soon with love.

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I just found out tonight that my dad has prostatitis. I am wondering if G*d may want me to be more modest and this may be a message to me as well. I don't want my dad to suffer because of my actions. I am asking a Rabbi with experience for advice about it.

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I wouldn't think his condition has anything to do with you or your actions. You could how ever look into natural ways to reduce inflammation. Alkalising the body is key to reducing inflammation.

Most of us eat an incredibly acidic diet, this in turn makes it hard for our bodies to maintain health. Eating lots of green vegetables and using Himalayan Salt, help to rebalance this acidity.

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Thank you. I think they are trying antibiotics. There is a teaching of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov that from everything a person sees or hears they ought to learn a lesson in their service of Hashem (G*d). Also, the same Baal Shem Tov taught that everything is divine providence, even the movement of a leaf as it falls from a tree etc. so this is part of the reason that I thought that maybe G*d is sending me a message in all of this as well.

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Edited by AaronBenjamin on 12/30/14 01:49 AM.




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