[Avodah] A question for the chevre

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Fri Feb 8 09:23:44 PST 2013

On Thu, Feb 07, 2013 at 08:27:17PM -0500, Rich, Joel replied to RAM's post:
:> The Chofetz Chaim explained that he could always hope to be Shomer
:> Shabbos again some day in the future, but once one eats the treif, it
:> becomes part of him and it is impossible to *totally* cleanse oneself
:> of it.

: Sounds though like a "local" (Kashrut )issue of timtum haleiv, not
: necessarily generalizable.

Either timtum haleiv or the psychological parallel, and that's assuming
they're different. It didn't require metaphysics for people to start
believing "you are what you eat".

If the CC were worried about self-definition, then there are other
mitzvos that might change his self-perception more than chilul Shabbos.
Prioritizing beris ahead of Shabbos, for example.


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