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Environmental Responsibility
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Some commands in the Torah were understood so narrowly by the sages that they were rendered almost inapplicable. One example is the ir ha-nidachat, the city led astray into idolatry, about which the Torah states that “you must kill all the inhabitants of the city by the sword” (Deut. 13: 16). Another is the ben […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Shoftim
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“Kohanim and Kings” Did you ever argue politics with an anarchist? How about theology with an atheistic communist? Well, I’ve done both and have learned a lot in the process. It all goes back to a bench in Hester Street Park, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, near the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva where […]
Shoftim: The Value of Life
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“…we’re more protected from a bad tuna fish sandwich than a nuclear bomb…” – Jackie Mason (commenting on the Iran nuclear agreement) Man is created “in the image of God” and, therefore, possesses inherent dignity and worth. The rabbis teach that this inherent worth is the reason that man was created as an individual and […]
Democracy, Theocracy and Monarchy
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  Running any enterprise,whether it is a home, a business,or a country,is complex. As in so many other aspects of life,a delicate balance must be struck between competing considerations. In Parashat Shoftim, the Israelites’ time in the desert nears its end, and a new reality awaits them on the other side of the Jordan River. […]
Shabbos Rosh Chodesh
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Isaiah 66:1-24 G-d says, “Heaven is My throne and Earth is my footstool. What building is sufficient to hold My presence? I made Heaven and Earth as I wished, but I still look upon the downtrodden people who do My will. Those who offer sacrifices without repenting are actually making things worse for themselves; they […]