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.
Do you connect more to Judaism of the head or of the heart?
Is it possible for different sub-groups in Judaism to have different expressions of Judaism or is there only a single legitimate mode of Jewish practice?
“Do not covet” says to me – You have what you need. Don’t look around at others. Be satisfied with what you have. This sort of desire, or as Leon Kass calls it, “deformations of desire” leads us to under-appreciate what we have, and to seek things that, possibly, we sh...
Whenever the victim sees the people who caused that embarrassment, he or she re-experiences the humiliation, and feels their blood is being spilt yet again. Thus, murder is a one-time act, but to shame a person is to commit murder over and over.
Sometimes we are burdened by the past. Sometimes we find it hard to make a long-term commitment. Can we learn to live each day like it is "Today!"?
Rebbi Nachman writes: For when a person wants to enter the service of God, it seems to him a heavy burden; he c...