Rav Avigdor Miller on Not Kissing the Sefer Torah

Q:
The Rav mentioned tonight that we are admonished to not put our fingers in our mouths or in our noses unless we wash our hands first with soap and water. And you even quoted the Gemara that says יד לחוטם תקצץ יד לפה תקצץ – “The hand that goes into the nose or into the mouth deserves to be cut off” (Shabbos 108b). So how do you reconcile that with the minhag that we have to kiss the sefer Torah? 

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Rav Avigdor Miller on Blaming Yourself Instead of Hashem (May 1999)

Q:
The Rav said tonight that when someone gets sick or hurt, he shouldn’t blame Hashem, but he should look to blame himself for not taking care of himself properly. But shouldn’t we be looking back to see which sins we did to cause Hashem to punish us with the cold or virus or whatever it is?
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