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It’s Not Just a lot of Talk
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And you shall tell your son on that day, saying: It is because of that which Hashem did for me when I came forth out of Egypt. (Sefer Shemot 13:3) The seder centers on recounting the story of our redemption The central mitzvah of the seder is recounting the story of our redemption from Egypt.  […]
It’s not Easy being Haman
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And when Haman saw that Mordechai bowed not down, nor prostrated himself before him, then Haman was full of wrath. But it seemed contemptible in his eyes to lay hands on Mordechai alone; for they had made known to him the people of Mordechai. And Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout […]
Lessons from Achashverosh
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And it was in the days of Achashverosh – the Achashverosh who ruled from Hodu to Kush – one hundred and twenty provinces. (Megilat Esther 1:1) The messages of the Megilah story The story related in Megilat Esther is constructed around the interplay between four personalities. Mordechai and Esther are the hero and heroin of […]
Is G-d a Social Radical?
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And Hashem spoke unto Moshe at Mount Sinai, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto Hashem. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather […]
Respect for the Departed is Respect for Life
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And Hashem said to Moshe: Speak unto the priests the sons of Aharon, and say to them: None shall defile himself for the dead among his people; (Sefer VaYikra 21:1) The kohen’s unique status A kohen is distinguished from other Jews. He has exclusive rights and privileges. These include the privilege to serve in the […]
Torah and Contemporary Attitudes toward Sexuality
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The nakedness of your father, and the nakedness of your mother, you shall not uncover. She is your mother. You shall not uncover her nakedness. (Sefer VaYikra 18:7) And the man who lies with his father’s wife – he has uncovered his father’s nakedness. Both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood […]
A Thought-Provoking Diet
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And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be impure seven days; as in the days of the impurity of her menstruation she shall be impure. (Sefer VaYikra 12:1-2) Impurity in human beings and other creatures This week […]
Natural Science Confronts Torah
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These may you eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them may you eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that swarm in the waters, and of all […]
The Prophet who Defied G-d
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The word of Hashem came to Yonah the son of Amittai, saying: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me. Yonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Hashem; and he went down to Yaffo, and found a ship coming to […]
When September 11 Precedes Yom Kippur
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From where are personal values derived? How do we develop values? Are our personal values a consequence of our education and our culture? Are there other factors that influence the emergence of an individual’s personal ethical standards and moral priorities? And He said to Avram: Know that your descendants will be strangers in a land […]