August 2014 archive

Torah and War

Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Shoftim v’shotrim – judges and cops – are foundations of civil society. The Torah acknowledges the ongoing need for a legal system supported by enforcement mechanisms. This is not a messianic vision of a world at peace, a world in which individuals choose the good always. It is a realistic vision of …

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Robin Williams- Holy Jester

In tractate Taanit 22a, Rabbi Beroka Chaza-ah is sitting in the marketplace when he is visited by the prophet Elijah, with whom, apparently, he was in frequent communication. The rabbi inquired of the prophet- “Is there any person here who has a share in the world to come?” Just at that moment, two men passed …

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