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Monday, 08 August 2011 19:43

is profanity unclean?

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-swearingAs a native New Yorker, profanity is my first language.  In New York, profane language is not considered sin or evil, but is simply a way of exclamating your comments.  It lets people know you feel strongly about something.

Friday, 29 April 2011 18:56

cleanliness and Godliness

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-cleanupNYWhenever we would visit my grandparents, everything in their Bronx apartment was in perfect order. Nothing was out-of-place, and there was no clutter lying around. The minute they were done with any paper, my grandfather would take it down the hall to the incinerator, and it was gone. Nothing was ever dusty, and all the glass was sparkling. My grandmother liked things to be clean. When she would visit our home, the first thing my grandmother did was to take for the vacuum and give our carpets the once over. At first my mom got offended, but in the end, she let grandma do her thing.

Monday, 25 October 2010 18:02

oil changes of life

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-oilchange"Without a doubt a person will have to do a great deal of work in order to perfect this virtue [cleanliness]. Those sins that are recognizable and known are easy for one to be careful about since their ill effects are clearly recognizable.  However, the meticulousness that cleanliness demands is more difficult since the process of [internal] rationalization conceals the sin, as I have written."   --Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, The Path of the Just1

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