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Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

June 11, 2014
Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

Last November I wrote a blog post, “Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?” where I put forth the idea that God is a “big picture” sort of force, and all the details in the commandments (mitzvot), as interpreted by the rabbis, are really advice for us on how to align with that force....
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Shelach 5772: Straying after your heart

June 17, 2012
Shelach 5772: Straying after your heart

Many haredim are so afraid that if they see women, they will be led astray to sin that they want to hide women – and images of women – in the public sphere, so as not to be tempted. Send women to the back of the bus. No pictures of women – not even...
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Shelach 5771 — Miracles and Wonders

June 17, 2011
Shelach 5771 — Miracles and Wonders

And the Lord said to Moses, How long will this people provoke me? And how long will it be before they believe me, for all the signs which I have shown among them?   …Numbers 14:11 It’s pretty rare to see God seem to get something wrong.  Maybe it’s why God gave us free will;...
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Shelach 5766 — Rules of War

June 23, 2006

Shelach 5766 By Rabbi Dr. Barry Leff Nevertheless the people, who live in the land, are strong, and the cities are walled, and very great; and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.    …Numbers 13:28 How many Palestinian children’s lives are worth one Jewish Israeli soldier’s life?  How many Iraqi children’s lives...
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