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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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Never more proud to be Jewish

When there is a crisis in our homeland of Israel, our collective Jewish spirit is revealed for the strong and beautiful spirit that it is. As much as we all identify with Israel, there is that understandable gulf between world Jewry and Israel. Come a war, and in seconds the gulf is stripped completely. The indelible photos flowing in of soldiers, of Israelis helping soldiers, of the strengthened praying and singing, truly penetrate the soul and make us feel like we are one. Because we are one...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 04:59 )

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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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Tale of two mothers

In any conflict, the loss of the innocent civilians, especially children, is truly unbearable. We mourn for the loss of innocent human life. I wish Israel’s war could be fought with no casualties. War is war. Which is why Israel avoids it at all costs, until it no longer can be avoided. But some of the media coverage of the conflict in Israel comes off almost as ludicrous. The immoral score card ethics about the death count on each side is simply appalling. First of all, it seems almost lik...
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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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