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In such a conflict, what is at stake is not truth but power, and the result is that both sides suffer.
How could ten of the spies come back with a defeatist report?
There are, says Rabbi Soloveitchik, two ways in which people become a group – a community, society, or nation.
There are, it is sometimes said, no controlled experiments in history. Every society, every age, and every set of circumstances is unique. If so, there is no science of history. There are no universal rules to guide the destiny of nations. Yet this is not...
There is something unique about the way Parshat Emor speaks about Shabbat. It calls it a mo’ed and a mikra kodesh when, in the conventional sense of these words, it is neither. Mo’ed means an appointed time with a fixed date on the calendar. Mikra kodesh ...
Something fundamental happens at the beginning of this parsha and the story is one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world.
The power of ritual is that it does not speak in abstractions – reason versus emotion, instinctual deferral rather than gratification
All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.
The common factor was generosity. Jews may not always make the right choices in what they give to, but they give.
It is a moment of the very highest drama. The Israelites, a mere forty days after the greatest revelation in history, have made an idol: a Golden Calf. G‑d threatens to destroy them.
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