middot separation

"Strengthen yourself so you can stop lewd thoughts." --Rabbi M. M Lefin of Satanov, Cheshbon HaNefesh 

People who are well-versed in this middah accept the appropriate responsibilities and seek to fulfill them and them alone. Those who are strong in this middah can also separate from the visual culture which seeks to overwhelm and draw us away from Hashem. If we draw close to those we are destined to draw close to, and separate ourselves from relationships that are forbidden, unhealthy or unsanctified,  then we will receive what separation has for us as its due reward: holiness.

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“And he called out to the people, saying to them,'Listen and understand! It is not what enters the mouth that makes the person tamei, but what comes out from the mouth—that...
daily living

I have had the privilege of spending each of the last 52 weeks of the year focused on building character and developing a lifestyle of serious t’shuvah. ...

torah

Every Bible student knows that separation is part of the key concept of holiness. Maybe we use separation as a euphemism because “holy” is not exactly a trendy or even friendly ...

besorah

Separation begins within, as Messiah taught in one of his most famous—and challenging—sayings: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say...

mesorah

The contents of the siddur powerfully address the reality of uniqueness in the world. God is unique. The Jewish people are unique. Shabbat is unique. Holy days are unique. Diff...

stories

Once the shochet of Salant came to see R. Israel. He proposed giving up shechitah [slaughter], because the heavy responsibility involved in kosher slaughtering was too onerous for h...

meditation

The Hebrew word for separation is p'rishut. P'rishut translates also as abstinence. Fences exist in life for many reasons.  They are there to establish boundaries, whether it...
accounting

Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the "seeds" that started to erode your ability to maintain a heathy separation from those things that you should have distan...
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