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Parshas Shoftim
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Towards the end of this week’s Sedra the Torah instructs Klal-Yisroel as to how to proceed if and when they wish to annex additional territory to Eretz-Yisroel by waging war. When laying siege to a city, the Torah tells us, Klal-Yisroel should first call upon the city and ask for their surrender, making sure to […]
All Part of the Whole: The Value of Each Life
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Whosoever saves a single life, it is as if he saved an entire world. – Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5 A fundamental Jewish principle is that man is created “in the image of God” and therefore, possesses inherent dignity and worth. The rabbis teach that this inherent worth is the reason that man was created as an […]
The Vagabond
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On a lonely dark road, swift movements, footsteps, a thud… silence: a corpse. Who was he? Presumably, the kind of person who is alone in the dark of night, the type of person who wanders from town to town, the type of person who does not really have a place he calls home; a vagabond. […]
Defining Reality
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One of the gifts of great leaders, and one from which each of us can learn, is that they frame reality for the group. They define its situation. They specify its aims. They articulate its choices. They tell us where we are and where we are going in a way no satellite navigation system could. […]