I was recently posed the question by the Jewish Voice, “How do we keep kashrut holy, yet allow it to evolve with the times?” In order to answer this question we will go back to the beginning, literally by looking at Genesis.
The Torah commands us not to stand on the blood of our fellow. This is understood to mean that we if we have the ability to help another who is in trouble we are commanded to do so. During the riots over the death of Freddie Grey we witnessed people violating and fulfilling this commandment. What can we learn from this tragedy and how can it help us to fulfill the commandment to “Love your fellow as you love yourself?”
As the 2016 race for the White House heats up some of the presidential hopefuls are being criticized for a lack of transparency. They can learn an important message by studying the leadership of Moses.
Was Jordan right to hang two terrorists in retaliation for the murder of one of their captured soldiers? The sixth commandment is often translated as, “Thou shalt not kill.” Is that an accurate translation? Is killing permitted in certain circumstances and if so, when?
After Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine’s offices were attacked by terrorists and 12 people were killed, Charlie Hebdo published a cover with a heading over a weeping Mohammad saying, “All is forgiven.” A journalist for Charlie Hebdo who worked on the piece explains that the cover is a call to forgive the terrorists who killed her colleagues. Should they be forgiven?
Shemot 5775: Should Michael Brown’s Step Father be Charged with Inciting a Riot? Balancing the Need for Justice Against the Need for Peace
It has been suggested that Louis Head should be charged with inciting a riot for the provocative comments he made after learning that the police officer who killed his step son, Michael Brown would not be indicted by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury. Obviously, charging Brown’s step father would further inflame an already volatile situation. Both the Pharaoh of the Exodus and the Pharaoh of Joseph’s time were confronted with the challenge of balancing the need for justice against the need for peace but in very different ways.
The Ten Commandments only appear to contain nine commandments; after all, in the first commandment God simply informs us that he is the Lord that has taken us out of slavery in Egypt. Why are the Ten Commandments referred to as the “Ten Commandments” if they only contain nine commandments? What lessons is God teaching us?
How has the State of Israel emerged as a stable island of freedom while being surrounded by a sea of repressive states? We can find the answer in the Torah.
Inspector Javert beseeches God to help him find the convict Jon Valjean though Valjean has already turned over a new leaf. Should God assist Javert in arresting Valjean?
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