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Tzarich Iyun: King David’s Tomb
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Misconception: King David is buried on Mount Zion, in a room that bears the inscription “King David’s Tomb.” Mount Zion is located just outside and to the south of the Armenian Quarter and Zion Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. Fact: Evidence indicates that the area known today as Mount Zion was not part of inhabited […]
Stolen Merchandise
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Q. I suspect a store in my neighborhood sells stolen merchandise, especially since the prices are so low. Is it permissible to buy from them? A. Fencing stolen goods is a serious crime in Jewish law. The book of Proverbs (29:24) states: Whoever shares with the thief hates his own soul; [even if] he is […]
Tzarich Iyun: The Uganda Plan
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Misconception: The early Zionists were offered, and nearly accepted, Uganda as the Jewish homeland. This demonstrates that Zionist leader Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl and his supporters were indifferent to the historic Jewish homeland and did not appreciate the unique relationship between the Jews and the Land of Israel. Fact: None of the land offered by […]
Unequal Partnership
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Q. When my friend and I began our partnership I anticipated our contributions would be about equal. But now I see that despite all the efforts of my partner, it is my abilities that are really responsible for our business success. Am I entitled to a larger share of the profits? A. Partnerships are a […]
Reuben Hood
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Q. Is it ethical to steal from the rich to give to the poor? A. Many of us grew up with the romantic figure of Robin Hood, played by dashing actors from Douglas Fairbanks through Errol Flynn and right up to Russell Crowe. The audience cheers on Robin and his band as they succeed in […]