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Put a Little Love in Your Heart
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Perhaps one of the most famous verses in the Torah is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Vayikra 19:18) This is not an isolated instruction; it comes as the concluding statement at the end of a list of commandments, all designed to create harmony, to create a just, functional, perhaps even utopian society. In his comments on […]
Reprenda – La mala practica de una Mitzvah
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“En su corazón, no deberá odiar a su hermano; a su semejante deberá de reprocharle y no cargar un pecado por culpa de el.”  Vayikra 19:17 ¿Porque yo debería ser castigado por su pecado?  La Torah menciona la obligación de corregir al Judío, quien es su semejante, y termina con las siguientes palabras, “no cargues […]
Parshas Acharei Mos
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בזאת יבא אהרון   טז:ג The Medrash (Rabbah 21:7) says that Aharon himself was allowed to go into the Kodesh Ha’Kodashim whenever he wanted, so long as he would come in b’zos, with the prescribed avodah.  Only the Kohanim Gedolim who succeeded Aharon were limited to the once-a-year entry on Yom Kippur. The Meshech Chochmah brings from the Gra a chiddush that it is because of ki b’anan eiraeh al ha’kapores.  That […]
The Courage to Admit Mistakes
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Some years ago I was visited by the then American ambassador to the Court of St James, Philip Lader. He told me of a fascinating project he and his wife had initiated in 1981. They had come to realise that many of their contemporaries would find themselves in positions of influence and power in the […]