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The Second Tithe and the Making of a Strong Society
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Biblical Israel from the time of Joshua until the destruction of the Second Temple was a predominantly agricultural society. Accordingly, it was through agriculture that the Torah pursued its religious and social programme. It has three fundamental elements. The first was the alleviation of poverty. For many reasons the Torah accepts the basic principles of […]
To Swim With the Fishes
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Ambition or integrity? Which of these two qualities should take priority in our lives… and what do fish have to do with it? As it turns out, fish have a great deal to do with how we understand ourselves and our mission in the world. But to understand why and how, we must first appreciate […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Re’eh
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“How’m I Doing?” If your child, employee, or colleague asks you that question, you can be sure that he or she is sincere, wishes to learn, and will succeed. The person who asks, “How am I doing?” is asking for constructive feedback. That person is expressing a need to know whether or not he is […]
Non-Prophets
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It seems as if the dearth of leadership is, and always has been, a perpetual problem. We have a tendency to search for people who can inspire and lead us; unfortunately, the role models we choose are rarely vetted in any systematic or rigorous way, and we tend to choose charisma over substance. Since the […]