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Abuse
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Parashat Ki Tetze discusses a host of abusive behaviors, some sexual and others financial.In general, the Torah legislates against these aberrant behaviors, deeming them illegal. We have no particular difficulty understanding these laws; as a whole, theobjective of Torah lawis to create a just, healthy society. Abusive behavior of any kind runs counter to this […]
Parshat Shoftim – Moshe for President
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In this week’s parsha, Moshe is commanded to set up cities of refuge on the East side of the Jordan, but knows that he will not be able to enter the Land of Israel and live to see the fruits of his efforts. Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer, Associate Regional Director of Atlantic Seaboard, whose NCSY experience […]
Learning and Leadership
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The parsha of Shoftim is the classic source of the three types of leadership in Judaism, called by the sages the “three crowns”: of priesthood, kingship and Torah.[1] This is the first statement in history of the principle, set out in the eighteenth century by Montesquieu in L’Esprit des Lois, and later made fundamental to […]
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 […]