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So I ask you. Have you kept the 10 commandments perfectly your whole life?

This question was sent to me by an old colleague who has recently decided to try to point out the error in my ways to to come over to his avoda zara known as xtianity. I keep pointing out how far off he is, and be keeps coming back to try to "explain things to me". I felt that my response to this particular question was worth sharing on this week before Rosh HaShannah.
There is *no* such thing as "The 10 Commandments" in our scripture. That translation is a pure fabrication.

However, to answer the intent of your question: Yes, I do keep G-d's commandments; all of them. I also sin. The two are not in contradiction to each other. G-d, because of His infinite love for us and because of our infinite devotion and love for Him, made an unbreakable covenant with us to be His holy people and a nation of priests. Our receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was the formal "signing" of th…
Yet another s'gula

I saw this story this morning. While I usually shun "s'gulas", this ma'aseh struck me; both because it involves Rav Hutner, but also because the Mishna Brura also stresses the importance of saying "Amen, Yehay Shemay Rabbah" loudly and with kavanah. I would like to add another small story that I also find inspiring:
Rav Shach was walking with a talmid one Shabbos on the border of Bnei Brak. Rav Shach asked the talmid if he knew why people were driving across the street (just outside of Bnei Brak). "Because they are m'chalel shabbos?", asked the talmid, a bit surprised by the question. "No," answered Rav Shach, " it is because *our* shmira shabbos is lacking."

No matter where we are holding; we can always make just a little more effort...

===================================== from Rav Hutner the Shadchan
Yaakov was the top bochur in his yeshivah. He was known not only for his intellectual capabilities…

Brain dead does not mean dead!

Please note the following article:
Man declared dead, says he feels 'pretty good'
And after you've digested that, check out this article from New Scientist a couple of years ago:
Not brain-dead, but ripe for transplant

So in spite of the fact "brain dead" patients sometimes come "back to life" (ie, they were never dead in the first place), they are even contemplating making it easier to declare someone dead just to "increase the pool" of available organs.
My favorite quote from that article:
"Doctors are very pragmatic," says Christopher Doig, a critical care specialist at Canada's Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. "But there is something inherently bothersome about changing the way we are going to determine death so that we can increase the numbers of organs for donation."
Isn' t that inspiring? At least Mr. Doig feels it is "bothersome" to murder people to harvest their organs.