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Holiness 101
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Holiness 101
The continuity and endurance of the Jewish people hinges on education.
The continuity and endurance of the Jewish people hinges on education. But it is insufficient to set an elementary standard for our youth or feel content with their basic observance of the mitzvahs; the Torah urges us to teach them to perform the mitzvot optimally, even beyond the letter of the law, so that they - the mitzvot and the children - sparkle.
"When an ox, sheep, or goat is born, it shall remain with its mother for seven days; from the eighth day and on it shall be fit for a fire-offering for G-d"

"Mother" signifies the intellect, since the intellect "gives birth" to the emotions. When the intellect recognizes the virtue of something, it "gives birth" to an emotion of love for it; when it recognizes the undesirability of harmfulness of something, it "gives birth" to an emotion of hatred or fear for it; and so on. The "animal" signifies the emotions, since animals are driven by their instinctive emotions rather than by intellect.
For Her Sake, Too
A marriage which is prohibited by the Creator is certain to be harmful to all parties.
In all matters of matrimony, the happiness of two partners is involved, as well as that of their children and of future generations. Obviously a marriage which is prohibited by the Creator and Master of the Universe is one that cannot be a happy one, and is certain to be harmful to all parties.
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