Our economic environment can shut out people who get into debt or who fall out of the system. If I fell into slavery will I ever become free? If I sold my field will I ever regain my financial footing? Shemitta and Yovel offer people a fresh chance.
Today, with intermarriage rates over 60% in North America, do you think that Jews need barriers and boundaries to separate ourselves from wider society? Is Jewish law strong enough to resist assimilation?
Just like a musical octave, the eighth note is not a zenith, a peak. Rather it is again the first note of yet another cycle, of a new level. It is a gateway into a new reality, higher than the previous reality.
...the nations that consume the flesh of the pig, detestable things... are all alive and well, strong and not at all feeble or frail… the Divine Torah did not come to heal the body or to promote physical health but rather to foster the health of the soul and to heal it...
Have you every been immersed in an environment that has profoundly changed you? Summer camp? A period in a yeshiva or seminary? Another intense all-encompassing experience?
Do we expect that our festivals/holidays act as immersive, transformative experiences?
Salt possesses two contrary, contradictory powers - water and fire - which correspond to the two qualities by which the world exists – the attribute of mercy and the attribute of strict justice. For this reason, God says "the salt of the covenant of your God."...