Headlines »

November 18, 2017 – 8:20 pm | 3 views

Jacob went to bed on a mountain and placed his head on twelve stones. In the morning, when he awoke, the twelve stones had fused into one. Our sages taught that during the night the angels in charge of these stones began to argue because each wanted to serve as …

Read the full story »
Parsha Insights

Where Biblical law and Torah tale is brought vividly to life

Concepts

The Jewish perspective on topical and controversial subjects

Life Cycle

Probing for meaning in our journey and its milestones.

Yearly Cycle

Discover depth and mystique in the annual Jewish festivals

Rabbi’s Desk

Seeking life’s lessons in news items and current events

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: justice

Metzorah: Oh No My Home

April 10, 2016 – 12:57 am | 551 views
my-home-innerstream.ca

He Doesn’t Care
Tragedy strikes. You are coming home from work and your house is engulfed in flames. It burns to a crisp and everything is gone. You are inconsolable; Oh no my Home! Your friends comfort you. They point out that no one was hurt and the family survived unscathed. …

Mishpatim: Finding the Truth

February 3, 2013 – 10:00 pm | 777 views
finding the truth - innerstream

The Heart of an Argument
In Halachic jurisprudence there is a rigorous protocol for the conduct of a Jewish court on the day of a capital trial. Halacha requires that the case be heard in expedited fashion and with an eye toward finding the truth.  As soon as testimony is given …

Ki Tavo: Where is Justice?

September 3, 2012 – 3:00 am | 2,044 views
where is justice - innerstream

Disturbing Questions
I was strolling into a cluster of trees intent on my morning prayers and was accosted by a thief who demanded my money. I don’t know what I was thinking, but here is what I said.
“Look I don’t have any money, but you aren’t going to believe me unless …

Balak: The Perennial Critic

July 1, 2012 – 4:16 am | 1,037 views
the perennial critic - innerstream

How to Treat a Critic
There are those who thrive on highlighting other people’s faults. It gives them such pleasure, they can hardly contain themselves. If they can’t find fault they drive themselves incessantly until they find it and failing that, they grow despondent. Mostly these people don’t intend harm, they …

Sh’lach: Never Stop Loving

June 13, 2012 – 2:41 pm | 992 views
never stop loving innerstream

LOL
When you see the popular texting term LOL do you read Lots of love or Laugh out Loud?
When you hear that Jews were sentenced to forty years of wandering the desert for believing the terrible report about Israel from the ten spies, you have to wonder, should we Laugh out …

Bechukotai: Is G-d Vengeful?

May 16, 2011 – 12:24 am | 740 views
is god vengeful innerstream

Why So Exacting?
The first tenet of all religions is that good deeds are rewarded and bad deeds are punished. Each religion explains it in its own way; each  trying to present G-d as merciful, not vengeful. Judaism takes a different track. Suffering, says Judaism, is not a punishment, but a …

Bo: G-d Gives, The Thief Taks

January 2, 2011 – 9:12 pm | 888 views
G-d gives the thief takes - innerstream

The Theft
When my family returned from a two day trip we found our home was burglarized. The thief broke a window to gain access, rifled through drawers, left a mess and walked away with a few meager items and a charity box. The things he took were just things; easily …

Vayechi: Let’s Stand Up For Eternal values

December 15, 2010 – 8:06 pm | 974 views
courts-permit-prostitution-innerstream

The Oldest Trade
A 2011 case in the Ontario Superior Court has attracted media attention. Practitioners of the oldest trade known to man argued in court that laws prohibiting their trade place them in harm’s way and are unconstitutional. A lower Ontario court agreed and struck down these laws, effectively decriminalizing …