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Letting Go of Hate
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness . . . (Martin Luther King) I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate […]
Living with the Reminders of Failure
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When you go out to war against your enemies and Hashem will deliver them into your hand and you will take captives. (If) you see among the captives a beautiful woman and you desire her and take her as a wife … (Sefer Devarim 21:10-11) 1. The mitzvah of yefat to’ar and accommodating human frailties […]
Greatness is Humility
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There is a fascinating detail in the passage about the king in this week’s parsha. The text says that “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he must write for himself a copy of this Torah on a scroll before the levitical priests” (Deut. 17: 18). He must “read it all the days of […]