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Something new on repentance

Something new on repentance

IF repentance is strictly a matter between me and myself, or between me and G-d — the likes of introspection, resolution and renewal — probably most of us have already traveled this route. We know its difficulties and rewards. If repentance is a matter of fixing our relationships with other people, then we know that drill, too. This does not make it any easier, but the idea is clear.

What if, however, repentance is something else? Rabbi Chaim Walkin sets forth a larger and different context of repentance in his book, The World Within.

I find the best path into his thinking is via a parable.

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What’s the question?

What’s the question?THIS week’s Torah portion opens with a very beautiful passage about first fruits. The Torah predicts that the Israelites will be successful in conquering, settling and farming the Land of Israel, and obligates them to bring a portion of their first fruits as an offering to G-d. It also obligates them to make a statement upon presenting these fruits. Part of this statement may be familiar from the Passover Haggadah — the part about the Aramean trying to destroy our forefather. In reading th...
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What is the worth of a theoretical teaching?

What is the worth of a theoretical teaching?IT’S odd. Judaism’s basic book, the Torah, is known for specifics. Laws. Practices. Details. Moral examples. Role models. Pathways to godliness. Yet, in a few instances, these laws or teachings are strictly theoretical. They never have been applied and never will be. Why should the Torah present a strictly theoretical teaching? Perhaps the most famous case is also, perhaps, the most interpreted passage in all of Scripture: the binding of Isaac, in the 22nd chapter of Genesis. G-d never inte...
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The late Mrs. Lila Silberstein

I pen this with tears. I have never been one to “celebrate the life.” Death is death. Deep loss. Never to be replaced. Perhaps the sharpest stabs come from the pictures seemingly on every available surface in the apartment of my late mother-in-law, Mrs. Lila Silberstein, about whom I received the call at about 4:30 a.m., Aug. 19, “it’s all over.” These pictures are all doubled, so to speak, pictures of who is there, silently hiding the pictures of who isn’t there. Pictures of child...
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Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-dSAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond. To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of people. Of humanity. Musar teaches that religion — coming close to G-d — is also about coming close to people. This reorientation, in a nutshell, was the innovation of the Musar movement that Rabbi Israel began. G-d-consciousness does not exclude humanism, and humanism need not exclude G-d. And so, if we ask, is G-d inside us or outside u...
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