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The Nature of Argument in Jewish Law

The Nature of Argument in Jewish Law

This week’s Torah portion, Korach, points to another serious flaw that lurks within human nature. It depicts in dramatic fashion an ugly incident that occurred between Korach and his followers and Moshe. What was at the heart of the matter and why did it turn out as another tragedy within the nation of Israel?

Joshua’s Conquest

Joshua’s Conquest

This week’s Haftorah reading is from chapter 2 in the Book of Joshua. It relates that 39 years earlier, Moshe, under pressure from the nation, sent out 12 spies to scout the land of Canaan. The mission resulted in tragic consequences, so why is Joshua seemingly making the same mistake by conducting another reconnaissance mission?