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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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Vayera: The Moral Sense

November 9, 2019 – 9:24 pm | Comments Off on Vayera: The Moral Sense1,556 views
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The moral sense is the innate human conviction that kindness and fairness are good, and cruelty is bad. We can’t explain why this is so, but if anyone would claim that cruelty is good and challenge us to explain why it is bad, we would throw up our hands in …

Vayechi: Let’s Stand Up For Eternal values

December 15, 2010 – 8:06 pm | Comments Off on Vayechi: Let’s Stand Up For Eternal values2,897 views
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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 …

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 …

B’Midbar: The Jewish Father

May 17, 2009 – 4:00 am | Comments Off on B’Midbar: The Jewish Father3,167 views
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And The Mothers?
When the census was taken in the desert, families were recorded by the names of their fathers. Now that’s unfair! Who insisted on having these children in Egypt over their husbands’ protests? Who defied Pharaoh’s decree and risked their lives to carry, birth and nurse these children? Now …

Vaetchanan: Inadvertent Murder

July 22, 2007 – 4:09 am | Comments Off on Vaetchanan: Inadvertent Murder2,817 views
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The Refugee
We are all familiar with the modern notion of refugee. Our cities provide a haven of refuge for victims of instability and violence the world over, who petition our country for asylum. When our ancestors entered Israel, they too appointed cities of refuge. However, these cities were not populated …

Vayikra: Is Animal Sacrifice Cruel?

March 18, 2007 – 3:54 am | Comments Off on Vayikra: Is Animal Sacrifice Cruel?3,376 views
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Is it Condoned?
“Rabbi,” I am often implored, “Please don’t tell me that the Torah condones animal sacrifice.” Many believe that animal sacrifice is immoral and ought to be discarded in the modern, enlightened age. When I reply that animal sacrifice is still condoned and that should the temple be erected …