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May the entire land of Israel be sold?

May the entire land of Israel be sold?

WHAT makes the land of Israel special?

It’s not just that the history and identity of the Jewish people are rooted there.

It’s not just that the land is holy; that, for example, the Tabernacle stood in Shilo for 369 years or the two holy Temples stood in Jerusalem.

It’s not just that Israel is the “Promised Land.”

It is also this: Certain agricultural laws in the Torah are observed only in Israel.

Two primary ones figure prominently in this week’s Torah portion, with an unusual implication: May the entire land of Israel be sold?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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Conservative Lens

What have you said in private?

A PRIVATE recording of racist remarks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, in a telephone conversation was released last week. That his comments are racist and therefore contemptible goes without saying. But the incident raises other issues that are not so clear as the racism in Sterling’s comments, yet they are at least as important. One is the increasing release — and the acceptability thereof — of private recordings and videos. Take the video released last month...
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View From Denver

‘Covenant’ — the foundation of Jewish theology

‘Covenant’ — the foundation of Jewish theologyIF one had to sum up Jewish theology in a single word, it would be covenant. This is grasped instinctively. When Jewish German immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York established a Jewish fraternal and service organization 171 years ago, they choose the name B’nai B’rith, “Sons of the Covenant.” The bris (“covenant”), that is, circumcision, is one of the three most observed Jewish rituals (the other two being Passover and Yom Kippur).
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View from Central Park

We remember them all

In tribute to this Sunday’s Yom Hazikaron — Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers — a lot of articles on the topic are circulating. One, by Israel National News, is titled “Families, ‘Ashamed of Haredi War Dead.’ ” The gist of the article is that a group of hesder yeshiva students has taken the initiative to search for and map out the graves of their fellow comrades, fallen haredi soldiers, whose families buried them in civilian cemeteries, shunning military funerals at Mt. ...
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View from Central Park

I was floored

WALKING through Crestmoor Park the other Shabbat, a couple, the guy’s head covered with a yarmulke and tzitzit (four-cornered tassles) protruding from his shirt, the woman at his side dressed in a long skirt and her head completely wrapped in a scarf — greeted me with “Shabbat Shalom.” I naturally responded warmly in kind, with my own “Shabbat Shalom.” Ah, a lantzman. Denver Jewry used to have that small village kind of feeling in which everyone knew everyone, at least when it came ...
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