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Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminder

Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminder

MOSES found it necessary to remind people what’s in the Torah just before he died.

Reminders are OK.

The necessary reminding at this hour is about Israel.

Israel — the eternal heritage of the Jewish people.

And Israel — the contemporary Jewish state at war.

Moses said: The Torah is too much to take in at once. Genesis is packed full of history, genealogy and ethics. Likewise, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers — plus, laws.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:50 )

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‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’

‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’THE Israelites were condemned to wander 40 years in the desert. Did they? Following the failure of the spies to instill confidence in the free Israelite slaves that they could conquer the Land of Israel, G-d said, in effect: Free slaves cannot become free men. They will have to die out. It will take 40 years. Which means: The stopping points of the freed slaves in the desert recall some awful developments, such as the places where the Israelites lost faith that they could conquer the lan...
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We are all kabbalists

We are all kabbalistsKABBALAH means receiving. It means taking in the spiritual energy coming down. It means doing nothing active. This week’s Torah portion presents the purest opposite: creating something from nothing. Via a neder (“vow”), a person can actually create a piece of Torah. A neder is doing something active to the highest degree. Here, we must expel “vow,” the best available translation of neder — but not good enough. To unfold all this, we turn to the Torah commentary of Shlomo Carlebach....
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Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?

Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?IN this country we have learned that it is not enough to win the war. Did we win the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam or South Korea? For my purposes here, that’s moot. “Wars” are too big to comprehend. Individual soldiers are not. Even if they were heroes, even if we did win the wars in which they fought, individual soldiers may have lost. Today we speak of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD.
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What’s with the number seven?

What’s with the number seven?EVERYONE knows that the Sabbath falls once every seven days. Did you also know: David, King of Israel, was the seventh son of Yishai. Seven weeks divide Passover from Shavuot. Moses was the seventh generation after Abraham. Genesis describes the creation of the world in seven days. The seventh generation after Adam was Henoch, the only person described in all of scripture to be “taken by G-d” due to his righteousness. The Land of Israel is to lie fallow once every seven years (shmita)....
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The dilemma of Israel’s captured soldier

Uriel Heilman How will the Gilad Shalit experience influence how Israel deals with Hamas’ capture of Lt. Hadar Goldin? ... [Link]

Kerry calls for ‘immediate, unconditional’ release of soldier

Ron Kampeas U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Hamas must “immediately and unconditionally” release the soldier it apparently captured during a cease-fire. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz Children aged 11 and 13 are suspected of vandalizing at least 15 Jewish tombstones and six Christian ones at a cemetery near the French capital. ... [Link]

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