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IDEOLOGY AND REALITY

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Torah describes itself as a Torat chayim - a Torah of life and living. There are many possible interpretations of this phrase. It can refer to the fact that the Torah is eternal, vibrant and ever renewing, the source and fountain of life – that it is a living Torah. However to my mind, this phrase implies that it is also, if not even primarily so, the Torah of practicality and reality. It is fashioned to fit the world that it preceded. It does not demand the impossible nor does it deviate from the norms of human and natural existence. It is not only a living Torah but also a realistic and practical guide to human life and society. Though the Torah is built upon the bedrock of...

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ACHREI-KEDOSHIM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Although the entire gamut of Torah commandments is discussed in this week's Torah reading, it is obvious that the major emphasis is on the subject of sexual morality. It is almost impossible to discuss this subject in the current climate of politically correct Western liberalism. Even a discussion of this situation brings upon one the approbation of being bigoted and intolerant. Yet in the long run of human history, the current acceptance of unrestricted sexual freedom has had many precedents. The power of the sexual drive in human beings is not a recent phenomenon. Psychiatrists and psychologists all recognize it as being one of the primary physical drives of all human behavior. ...

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