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Mitzvah 94: Ger Toshav (Shemot 23:33)
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The commandment not to allow idolaters to settle in the land of Israel. If they want to remain in the land they must accept upon themselves the seven Noahide laws. The relationship between Jews and non-Jews in the Land of Israel. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, May 16th, 2018, 2 Iyyar 5778
Mitzvah 36: Thou Shall Not Steal
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The Sefer HaChinuch based on Rashi says that the mitzvah of לא תגנוב (thou shall not steal) refers to kidnapping. The Heinz dilemma – can you steal in order to save a life? If you save your life by damaging someone else’s property are you required to reimburse them? Stealing ideas and “גניבת דעת”. Delivered […]
Mitzvah 34: Thou Shalt Not Murder
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What is the difference between the words להרוג and לרצח (to kill vs. to murder)? How do we view this mitzvah as relevant in our day and age when we instinctively view murder as wrong and have no desire to murder? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, April 25, 2018/10 Iyar 5778 Download the […]
Mitzvah 33: Honor thy Father and Mother
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The Sefer HaChinuch discusses what is involved in honoring one’s parents, who bares the financial costs, honoring a step parent, and honoring an older sibling. How we understand why the mitzvah includes a step-parent and older sibling affect how we understand the nature of the mitzvah. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, April 18, […]