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This past week was a difficult one here in Israel. There were two separate incidents of murder and attempted murder: First, a man who, based on his external dress, could be called an orthodox, or even ultra-orthodox Jew, attacked other Jews in the center of Jerusalem. Second, an Arab family was attacked, resulting in the […]
The Challenge of Wealth
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The commonly held view is that wealth is an impediment to a meaningful spiritual life; that wealth is accompanied by necessary hubris that makes humility and godliness nearly impossible. In this view, it is the poor who, seemingly because of their poverty and need, who gravitate toward spirituality. But is this “commonly held view” accurate? […]
The Right and the Good
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Buried among the epic passages in Va-etchanan – among them the Shema and the Ten Commandments – is a brief passage with large implications for the moral life in Judaism. Here it is together with the preceding verse: You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and His testimonies and His statutes, […]
Answering Unanswered Prayers
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Did you ever really pray for something you wanted? I mean, really fervently, desperately, pray hard for something that was vitally important to you? If you did, and I think we all pray this way at moments of urgency, you violated an anonymous piece of wisdom: “Be careful what you pray for, because you just […]