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Nice, 1941
Why content ourselves with the perfection of the individual self, when we have been empowered to transform the world?
Who has not fallen prey to the oh-so-human tendency to compare his life to the lives of others? “If only I had So-and-So’s mind (or talent, or money), then I’d be able to make a difference and have some impact on the world!″
``One cannot banish a life for the sake of a life'' Talmud, Sanhedrin 72b. is a major principle of Torah law. A human life is of immeasurable, unqualifiable, infinite value. The life of an imbecile is worth no less than that of a genius, nor can the great...
When the Torah instructs us to "follow the majority," Exodus 23:2. it seems to simply reiterate a most basic fact of life. Physically (as in a snowflake falling into a tub of boiling water), socially (as in the small ethnic minority assimilating within th...
How can a unit of time be defined as a day of rest, the very antithesis of time?
Chanukkah 1939
"For a mitzvah is a candle, and Torah, light" (Proverbs 6:23). The essence of our mission in life is to shed light, to illuminate a universe darkened by ignorance and strife. Three mitzvot reflect their quintessential function by taking the form of actual...
Sukkot 1931
Judah the son of Teima would say: "... run like a gazelle ... to do the will of your Father in Heaven." Ethics of the Fathers, 5:20 The gazelle is unique in that when he runs, he turns his head back to the place from which he is running Zohar II, 14a The ...
Chanukkah 1935
[Upon reclaiming the Beit Hamikdash from the Greeks], the Hashmonians first made the menorah out of iron poles plated with tin. When they grew wealthier, they made a menorah of silver. When they grew wealthier still, they made a menorah of gold. Talmud, M...
The sukkah is a makeshift hut in which the Jew dwells during the seven-day festival of Sukkot. In commanding us to leave the stability and safety of our homes for this temporary and vulnerable structure, The sukkah, by definition, is a “temporary dwelling...
1940, Vichy
A maid's child once dirtied the royal palace. Said the king: "Let his mother come and clean up her child's filth." By the same token, G‑d says: "Let the [red] heifer atone for the deed of the [golden] calf." Midrash Tanchuma, Chukat 8 The Torah defi...
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