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Israelite leader was willing to have his name erased from Bible to save his people.
This story raises a basic question: Why was it forbidden for Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge?
Contemporary Jewish decisors have affirmed the modern international prohibition of taking spoils from private enemy property.
Imagination and empathy are not words that one often hears in rabbinic sermons.
By RABBI TZVI HIRSH WEINREB
This week, in the final words of the last of the prophets, we are taught that Elijah, who doubted his people’s faithfulness, will restore their relationship with God.
By RABBI GIDEON SYLVESTER
May we embrace the new and run, headlong and happy, down a different and better course.
So at this time of year, we are to focus on Temple purity, but how does this fit in with our reality?
Many of us, either because of our inborn pessimism, or because of the difficulties of life which seem to overshadow our blessings, find it difficult to acknowledge the positives of our life.
Each person will create their own relationship with God, the scholar with the intellectual depth that comes from sustained study, the simple Jew with his poignant cry to the heavens.
Let us indeed be strong and strengthened by spirituality that is not only consistent with religion but is its very essence.
The Torah’s determination to create a law-abiding society is reflected in its repeated warnings of the death penalty.
This is but one explanation of the motivation for what is one of the greatest recorded sins of our people.
It’s a time for ensuring that we have healthy relationships in our communities, conduct disagreements with grace, refine relationships with rabbis and ensure that we treat each other with respect.
By GIDEON D. SYLVESTER
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