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The Limits of Love
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In a parsha laden with laws, one in particular is full of fascination. Here it is: If a man has two wives, one loved, the other unloved [senuah, literally “hated”], and both the loved and the unloved bear him sons but the firstborn is the son of the unloved wife, then when he wills his property […]
Ki Teitzei: The Rich Fruits of Forgiveness
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The spirit of forgiveness is in the air. Since the beginning of this month, the month of Elul, Sephardic communities have been reciting selichot, prayers petitioning the Almighty for his forgiveness. They have been doing so each and every day, rising before dawn in order to get to the synagogue on time. Ashkenazic communities, following […]
War and Peace
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From a moral perspective, one of the most difficult laws in the Torah is the law of the captive wife. Matrimony by force with any woman, and even more so with a member of an enemy nation who is plucked from the battlefield, shocks our sensibilities on so many levels. And lest we consider this […]
The Greatness of Man – La Grandeza del Hombre
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“If a man shall commit a crime whose judgment is death, he shall be put to death, and you shall hang him on a tree.” — Devarim 21:22 The punishment of stoning Of the four capital punishments in the Torah, the most severe is s’kilah. After being killed, the criminal is hung publicly for all […]