December 30, 2019

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.

December 23, 2019

Joseph could have allowed his personal good fortune to be swallowed by the bad. He could have let all his personal pain and bitterness eat up all the success and blessing which he had achieved. But Joseph knew to separate the two.

December 17, 2019

Israelis often pride themselves in being direct. In Israeli slang, this is called speaking “dougri”, meaning the quality of being straightforward, even blunt, eschewing formalities and getting straight to the point. Is this a positive cultural mannerism?

December 11, 2019

Maimonides, addressing the divinity of the Torah, says that the verse "Timna was a concubine" is equivalent to "Shema Yisrael!" Might the Rambam be undermining his basic assertion? – Though they have the category of revelation, the verses of the cla...

December 4, 2019

A person must not rely on the past. Each day anew a person is presented with moral and religious challenges, and must be on guard and ensure that his or her actions will be correct, meaningful and worthy. Because we are only human. Like Jacob, we always have a choice t...

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