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EIKEV

Monday, August 3, 2015

The word with which this week's Torah reading begins literally means ‘because of’ or ‘as a consequence of’ one's actions and behavior. However Rashi chooses to define the word ‘eikev’ in a more allegorical sense. Rashi traces the word to its root where it means the heel of a person. We find that this is its meaning when the Torah describes our father Jacob holding onto the heel of his brother Eisav. Rashi comments that there are “light” or “easy” commandments that people readily denigrate and step upon with their heels. We are warned in Avot that one should not treat any commandment lightly. We human beings are unaware of the true value and reward that attaches to...

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NOTHING ORIGINAL

Monday, August 3, 2015

I imagine that most blogs and commentary articles in the Jewish world this week will concentrate on the tragic and difficult events that occurred in Israel with the firebomb murder of a Palestinian infant and the slashing attack by a religious fanatic upon participants at a parade in Jerusalem. It certainly makes sense that these events should be written about and commented upon for they expose the dark fringes that exist in human society and point out to us again that though we may be the chosen people, in essence we in our society are no different than others. The combination of political or ideological extremism, with religious or national fanaticism is a witches’ brew from...

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