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Back to School: The Value of Learning

Back to School: The Value of Learning

Each morning before we begin our prayers, we recite a well-known Mishna that lists many mitzvot including honoring parents, visiting the sick, providing for a bride, attending to the dead, and other acts of kindness. However the Mishna concludes with, “… and the study of Torah is equivalent to all of them.” What did the Sages intend in concluding the Mishna in this way?

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Subjective vs Objective Evaluations

Subjective vs Objective Evaluations

In this week’s Torah portion, the parasha makes clear that our righteousness is not a factor in our inheritance of the promised land. Yet it is unclear whether the wickedness of the other nations is a factor.

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Repetition of the Mt. Sinai Event

Repetition of the Mt. Sinai Event

The study and knowledge of history is a worthwhile endeavor. This is particularly true when the historical event revolves around a momentous, life changing event.

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Sanctuary Cities vs Cities of Refuge

Sanctuary Cities vs Cities of Refuge

Precise legal definitions of the contemporary “sanctuary city” are illusive. Whatever the case, the Torah’s idea of “cities of refuge,” mentioned in this week’s combined Torah portion, Matot-Masei, has specific objectives.

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