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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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A  Misunderstood Personality

A Misunderstood Personality

In this week’s parashah, Pinchas, without Pinchas actions, the entire nation of Israel would have been destroyed. What was so great a sin that God would have destroyed the entire nation, and how did Pinchas bring a halt to the devastation?

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