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ACHREI MOS

Monday, April 7, 2014

The three main vices that tempt leadership are misuse of power, greed and sexual licentiousness. We here in Israel are unfortunately well aware of all of these vices. We know how they have affected our political leaders and even important national decisions. The Torah, here in our weekly parsha reading, addresses both directly and indirectly these dangers and vices. The two sons of Aaron that died during the dedication of the Tabernacle/Mishkan exploit their priestly power. They were convinced that they had the right to substitute their own form of worship and service for the instructions that they were given by God through Moshe. The Talmud also ascribes to them impatience and...

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PESACH

Monday, April 7, 2014

The glorious holiday of Pesach is upon us once more. With all of its rituals and wonder, Pesach marks the uniqueness of the Jewish people – a people delivered from centuries of bondage through miraculous Heavenly intervention. So, one of the main functions of Pesach is to connect us to an event that occurred millennia ago in a distant land. The natural inclination of people is to feel disconnected to that event. This is implicit in the questions raised in the section of the Hagadah devoted to the four sons. Their basic question is: “What is the relevance of this long-ago event to me?” And this has remained the basic question in all of Jewish life throughout the ages. The...

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