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Reward & Punishment

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The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 10
The Talmud introduces a compelling historical record of a series of profound questions posed by Rome’s stoic philosopher king Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to the great Torah Sage, who went on to redact the Mishna, Rebbi Yehudah HaNasi. This first in a three ...
Does G-d pay His workers on time?
The Torah commands that a laborer's payment not be withheld even a day. G-d Himself, our Sages tell us, observes the very commandments He obligates us to fulfill. How then does G-d not immediately reward man for his/her service of Him, deferring man's rew...
A Taste of Text—Bechukotai
In a healthy relationship, the love must deepen and grow, or the relationship is at risk of becoming static and stale. The same is true in our relationship with G‑d.
Parshat Ki Tavo
The connection between the start of a new year and the 98 curses read in this week’s Torah portion.
The Talmud on the World to Come, Lesson 16
Compassionate, inspired leadership is a kindred platform in the world-to-come. Here, we are introduced to the remarkable phenomenon of “character framing by divine design” – as it appears in scriptural sequence. The highly uncommon occurrence sheds light ...
Something Spiritual on Parshat Bechukotai
Learning Pirkei Avot: chapter 1, mishnah 2-3
“The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G d, and deeds of kindness.” “Do not be as slaves who serve their master for the sake of reward...”
The first teaching of the fifth chapter of 'Ethics of Our Fathers' states that the primary reason why G-d created the world in the manner in-which He did is to 'exact retribution from the wicked'. This statement appears puzzling and indeed disturbing. Thi...
Discussions on Prayer, Lesson 38
The second paragraph of the Shema (v’hayah) restates and expands on elements of the first paragraph, but in markedly different form. Also, the Torah informs us of the ‘reward and punishment’ for mitzvah observance, warning us not to abandon them.
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