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Shoftim 5772 – Pursue Justice

August 24, 2012
Shoftim 5772 – Pursue Justice

 צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ  Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which the Lord your God gives you.   The Hertz commentary on the Torah, written in 1936, praises this verse as one of the highest ideals found in...
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Re’eh 5772 — A day at a time

August 18, 2012

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.  …Deuteronomy 11:26 The Ben Ish Chai (chief rabbi in Baghdad during the mid-19th century) says that we should not read this verse as if it is saying God is setting both blessings and curses in front of us today.  What the heck, some...
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