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BACK TO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This week marks the return of millions of our children to the regular routine of school. The yeshivot and seminaries of this and other countries have also begun their classroom schedules and study patterns. I think that even though we can all agree that school today is a very necessary part of our society, nevertheless we are also all aware that school contains a downside as well. Not all children and students do well in school and many times this is not a true indication of their abilities and talents. School oftentimes fosters a sense of inadequacy, frustration and lethargy in many of its students. Having a large number of students in one classroom almost automatically guarantees...

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KI TETZEI

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In this week’s parsha, the Torah portrays for us an accurate and unforgiving view of war and its personal consequences. No one who participates in a war escapes unscathed from these consequences. The ones who are killed or wounded have suffered these consequences on their very physical bodies. But even those who have survived the battle whole are affected by the consequences of that struggle. That is the supremely important, albeit subliminal message of the beginning of this week’s parsha. A Jewish soldier, who according to the ritual requirements of becoming such a soldier and being accepted for the battle as outlined in last week’s parsha, a God-fearing patriotic and observant...

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