Entries for June 2017

Chukkat: Not for the Sake of Argument

It’s a cliché about Jews with which we can’t argue: we argue. But that doesn’t mean we’re good at it.  That when arguing we are either fair or persuasive.  It’s ironic, because we should be good at it – not primarily through constant pract... Continue Reading »

Korah: G-d vetoed democracy. If necessary, so should Israel.

Which form of government is best?  Although most of us would likely immediately answer “Democratic,” the better response would be to first ask several clarifying questions. Best for whom?  Best for what purpose?  Under which circumsta... Continue Reading »

Shelach-Lecha: Half Your Cup Runneth Over.

Are you a “glass is half full” person or a “glass is half empty” person?  And if the latter, is that anyone’s business but your own? American law does not seek to govern attitude, but Jewish law certainly does. Jewish law's aim is much more tha... Continue Reading »

Be-Ha'alotekha: A Humble Request

Dear Friends, As is my practice, I surveyed several compendia on Jewish ethics to choose this week’s D’var Torah topic -- humility.  I then checked to see whether I previously posted about it and was reminded that I have, twice, ["Take Your Lea]... Continue Reading »

Naso: Shalom Bayit Not Worth Spit?

According to Jewish law, the Divine Name must be treated with great care.  We may not use it improperly, nor obscure nor destroy it when it is written on any object.  How, then, are we to understand the apparently sacrilegious judicial pro... Continue Reading »

He who guards his mouth preserves his life
Proverbs 13:3