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Torah, The: (lit. teaching) (a) The Five Books of Moses (The Bible); (b) the overall body of Jewish religious teachings encompassing the whole body of Jewish law, practice and tradition
We are forever asking: What is the reason? What is the meaning? We ask this question of all commandments and all occurrences, even those we supposedly understand . . .
Why does the Torah forbid lending money with interest? The "Culture of Dependency" created by many welfare states can provide some insight in this area...
This week's Torah reading speaks about the prohibition of lending money on interest. The problem with lending on interest is that the money has now passed on to the other party, yet I continue to receive benefit for the use of the money despite its no lon...
Torah law forbids charging interest for a loan, but with a heter iska form, one is permitted to profit on invested capital. Is this not a violation of the spirit of the law? What indeed is the “spirit” of this law?
Mundanity, holiness and beyond—a study of the spiritual significance of the Shemittah and Jubilee cycles.
For an informed reading of Jeremiah 32:6–22
Background The portion of Behar is largely dedicated to the laws of buying and selling property in the Land of Israel. The haftarah tells a story of when the acquisition of property in the Holy Land became a G‑d-given symbol of hope at a very bleak time. ...
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