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Faith is pure when it has no internal compulsion, without any foreign elements.

And even if faith is not fully encompassed in one’s intellect, faith is not restricted.

Never the less, for a person who is graced with intellect, they will not be satisfied without intellectual inquiry, and for such a person the true simplicity of faith will only be established when joined with the light of the intellect.  If such a person finds this intellectual pursuit repugnant, their faith will be filled with dross and bitterness.

Rav Avraham Yitschak HaKohen Kook
El-HaMidot
Emunah

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5 January in History

Today in 1826, Maryland put into effect the “Jew Bill” which allowed Jews to hold public office if they believed in Reward and Punishment in the Hereafter. Maryland was founded by Catholics and the Act of Toleration was one of its landmark pieces of colonial legislation.

29 Tevet in History

According to Rabbi Judah (cited in the Talmud, Bava Metzia 106b), Tevet 29 marks the end of winter. (As per Genesis 8:22, the year consists of six 2-month “seasons”: seedtime, harvest, cold, heat, summer and winter.)