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The Size of a Mitzvah
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Many people focus their energies on what appears to them to be an important commandment or a “big mitzvah,” often neglecting what they think is not such an important commandment or a “smaller mitzvah.” What makes one commandment more important to us than another or one mitzvah bigger than another is often subjective. Commonly, the […]
Salvation
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We turn our hopes to God when a difficult situation arises and we need to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  But as time passes and we do not see a way out of our situation, we are quick to dismiss that God has propitious plans for us, all […]
Biblical Ethics
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Q. Some of the institutions described in Scripture don’t seem very ethical. For instance, we find that slavery is condoned. Yet your column considers the law of Torah the foremost source of ethical guidance! A. There is indeed a certain paradox between the ethical values we find emphasized in Scripture and between some of the […]
Rabbi Lamm on Women and Tefillin
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The following article appears courtesy of Rabbi Gil Student and Torah Musings. ————————– Rav Norman Lamm’s son-in-law, R. Mark Dratch, was kind enough to forward with permission to publish this letter he sent to his nephew, R. Ari Lamm. Dear Ari, You asked me about comments Zeida made in a sermon, “As If Things Weren’t […]
Unity
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Unity among the Jewish people definitely exists, perhaps more than among other people. When the life of a fellow Jew is at risk, Jews of all backgrounds come together to try to save him.  We perform  gemiluyoth hasadim for each other without any discrimination. Tolerance also exists among our people. We live in harmony with […]