The Talmud (Sanhedrin 47b) states that the decomposition of the body is a form of atonement – something the fully-righteous Jacob did not need.
This opinion states further that because of Joseph’s sin of poor judgment, he was the first of the brothers to die (see Exodus 1:6), passing on at a youthful 110 (as compared to Levi’s 137).
The commentator Ohr Ha Chaim offers a fascinating alternative suggestion as to why Joseph embalmed his father.
It is regarded historically as the first case of American Jews successfully challenging federal legislation.
The Chafetz Chaim wrote: "If you try to influence others to improve, at times they might insult you for your efforts.
On the other hand, when we behave in the manner which God wishes, the result is - bringing glory and honor to God, and strengthening people's faith.
Our actions can and do affect how other people will think and act.
The more difficulties you have in trying to do good, the more elevated you become. "Amen" is an expression of confirmation, whereby we attest that what the other person has said is indeed true.
"If you were new in business and an experienced businessman made fun of you, you would not give up trying to make a profit. Thus, when someone recites a blessing expressing gratitude to God or asserting that God has commanded the performance of a particular , one is making a declaration of one's faith.
try to behave in a way that will result in people having greater respect for and trust in God.
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Much lobbying ensued, including Fischel traveling to Washington to meet with Lincoln.