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Moses appointed twelve emissaries to scout out the Holy Land and return with a report. The representative for the tribe of Ephraim was Moses’ primary disciple, Joshua. Until this time, the lad’s name was Oshua. But Moses added a letter to his name and called him Joshua.
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Noach: Public Policy

October 28, 2019 – 12:37 am | Comments Off on Noach: Public Policy1,454 views
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Public policy must be established on principle, not empathy, says Paul Bloom, a psychology professor at Yale and author of Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion. Empathy plays a role when deciding how or how much we should personally help another in need, but public policy should never be …

Vayishlach: O Brother

November 17, 2018 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off on Vayishlach: O Brother1,970 views
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It had been thirty-four years since Jacob escaped his brother Esau’s wrath. During this time Jacob had spent fourteen years studying Torah and twenty years building his family. He had descended to the immoral pit of his uncle Laban’s home, and emerged unaffected and even stronger for the ordeal. Esau, …

Shoftim: City of Refuge

August 11, 2018 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Shoftim: City of Refuge2,366 views
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The Torah tells us that in the messianic era when the land of Israel will expand beyond the borders enjoyed by our ancestors, it will become necessary to designate three more cities of refuge to provide sanction for inadvertent killers. When a Jew killed another inadvertently, the Torah allows the …

Vayera: Selfishness is Cruel

October 28, 2012 – 2:27 am | Comments Off on Vayera: Selfishness is Cruel5,624 views
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A Very Fine City
The population of Sodom and its environs was “wicked and sinful to G-d in the extreme.”[1]  Though the Biblical narrative is light on specifics, the Talmud is more forthcoming. The Talmud relates that they were wicked in body, a reference to sexual promiscuity, sinful with money, meaning …

Shmini: End of Life Care

March 23, 2011 – 1:43 pm | Comments Off on Shmini: End of Life Care3,538 views
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This You Call a Dilemma?

Just the other night I found myself in discussion with a student who argued that weighing an argument from the perspective of Torah without giving equal credence to chemistry, science and nature is short sighted. I agreed with him, but insisted that considering science and chemistry …

Vaetchanan: Inadvertent Murder

July 22, 2007 – 4:09 am | Comments Off on Vaetchanan: Inadvertent Murder2,836 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?3,384 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 …