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The Mitzvah is the Blessing

The Mitzvah is the Blessing

There is an age-old philosophic question: Are the mitzvot good because God gave them or God gave them because they are good? A careful reading of the opening verses to this week’s Torah portion sheds some light on the topic.

Talk About a Swelled Head

Talk About a Swelled Head

Did you ever meet someone with a “fat” head? This phenomenon can be an individual affliction or occur even to an entire nation. This week’s Torah reading, פרשת עקב, “Parshat Eikev,” provides insight into the antidote for the “swelled head” syndrome.