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Parshat Behar: Ethical Dilemmas
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Do not take from him interest or a premium. Fear from your G-d. And your brother will live with you. (Sefer VaYikra 25:36) 1. The prohibitions against interest The Torah prohibits both the charging and paying of interest on a loan to a fellow Jew. The translation of the above passage is based upon the […]
Parshat Emor: Cosmos and History
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Mircea Eliade, a leading scholar of religions during the twentieth century, contrasted two conceptions of time. Cosmic time is circular whereas historical time is progressive. The cosmic conception of time was prevalent in ancient times and reflected the world of nature in which the seasons reoccur each year. Despite being a fascist anti-Semite, Eliade credited […]