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It's all in the head 
Chassidus explains that when one sits down with a Gemara—whether learning about Shabbos, kashrus, purity, or monetary laws—a unique connection is forged with Hashem. Yet, the Gemara often presents an analysis of “a thief 's argument,” the antithesis to the veracity. A thief 's mind which is filled with ultimate dishonesty seems well-removed from Hashem’s ultimate truth. It seems like an oxymoron to claim that the experience of appreciating a thief 's argument (a typical discussion in Baba Basra) is akin to experiencing the truth?


Love vs. Abuse 
How many times have we experienced a feeling of closeness to another person, only to find that feeling dissipate after a short time? The intense feeling is commonly defined as love, but it may just be an experience of “here today and gone tomorrow”.
Paradoxically, this emotion is so powerful it can transform one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, turning love into abuse. We often hear of cases in which people are abused by those who profess to love them.  In other instances, the feeling of ‘love’ may become so powerful and overwhelming it is not uncommon for people to express themselves as being burned by these feelings. They may even become discouraged from trying again to pursue this feeling of closeness to another human being.


Why the Need to Sweat?
From time to time we ask ourselves, why do we need to sweat in order to make a living? Yes. We all know that “Bzeias apecha tochal lechem” is an outcome of eating the Eitz Hadaas. But, how does eating from the Eitz Hadaas lead to "sweating for bread"? Reward and punishment are supposed to reflect the deed. Perhaps a punishment prohibiting us from eating fruit would make more sense. Punishing humanity with "toil and sweat”, seems like a misplaced consequence?