Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Two Forms of Emunah: Another View

In the spirit of stimulating interesting discussion which we hope Mishmar will become famous for, I present my comments stimulated by Bari's post in the form of a separate posting. I do not so much disagree, rather I am giving a little different balance to the issue of the two types of faith. I also discuss the Iggeres Teiman regarding a person's tendencies towards belief.

See link.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Chovos HaLevavos

When we speak about emunah, we say, b'emunah s'hleimah, "with perfect faith". The mitzvah is to grow in emunah, to experience a clarity, and to reach levels of deep-seated, genuine belief. There have been traditionally two different approaches to faith, one more experiential, and one more rational. However, all agree that one's emunah must run deep. The mitzvah is also constant; the Biur Halachah and others speak of "six constant mitzvos". See link.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

On Creativity and Potato Chips in Chinuch

Since the very profound subject of potato chips is now receiving a great deal of attention in the blogosphere(blogging can be unpredictable), I thought I would post on a story of Rav Mendel Kaplan and potato chips, which illustrates an important chinuch(educational) principle. I will also comment on creativity techniques.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Big Tent Blogs

In politics, the Big Tent Policy maintains that one should attract members with as diverse ideologies as possible. A group blog can maintain a similar diversity. See link.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Appreciation for Rav Shach Zt'l

Some thoughts which will hopefully lead to an appreciation for this Torah giant, and increase tolerance amongst us bloggers.