For the Love of Shmitah Part 2

For the Love of Shmitah Part 2

This is part 2 of “For the Love of Shmitah.” For part 1, click here. When Business Instincts Win Out Now the shmitah debt cancelation became too hard for the people of Israel to employ and they took a prudent business approach, if not a spiritually healthy...
For the Love of Shmitah Part 1

For the Love of Shmitah Part 1

Introduction The children of Israel are getting ready to realize their hope and expectation of entering into that land that they have heard about for at least 40 years. They had wandered seemingly aimlessly in the desert, being led by clouds and fire with very little...
Spreading Peace During a Pandemic

Spreading Peace During a Pandemic

A year and a half later, it almost feels impossible to remember life before COVID-19. It is bringing out the worst of us—and the best of us. This is consistent with the Jewish concept of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov. Yetzer hara is the evil inclination within us;...
Nasso: Sixty-Three Years Later

Nasso: Sixty-Three Years Later

This is the anniversary year of my bar mitzvah. Sixty-three years ago, I stood on the bimah to recite my bar mitzvah parasha, Nasso. Since then, fifty years of faith in HaShem has intervened and I am in a better position to appreciate what I did then. Today, I know...
Questions of Authority

Questions of Authority

Back in February, when Israel was gradually coming out of a third COVID-19 lockdown, some Israelis blamed the ultra-Orthodox for most of the rise in new cases. A February 1st article in the Times of Israel made a startling statistical claim, “Almost a quarter of all...
The Value of Procrastination

The Value of Procrastination

The author of Hebrews writes, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 [i])....

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