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Amid Israel’s war in Gaza, there is talk of drafting yeshivah students into the army to bolster its ranks. On Shavuot, we celebrate the anniversary of receiving the Torah, so I want to write about the role of Torah in war. The Torah is not just a dusty old book …

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Bo: G-d Gives, The Thief Taks

January 2, 2011 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off on Bo: G-d Gives, The Thief Taks3,166 views
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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 …

Korach: Moral Clarity

June 22, 2009 – 2:43 pm | Comments Off on Korach: Moral Clarity3,027 views
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Subjective Morality
In a recent discussion group I asked if it is inherently immoral for a man to rape a woman. I was surprised by the willingness of some to tolerate the rapist. They conceded that rape was immoral from their own point of view, but argued that others might see …

Pinchas: Taking a Moral Stand

June 23, 2006 – 5:22 am | Comments Off on Pinchas: Taking a Moral Stand2,596 views
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Moral Courage
Pinchas was a great man and, in our Parsha, was the man of the hour. His fellow Jews sunk to a moral low and their leaders were forced to choose between tolerance and moral vigilance.

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