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PLURALISM AND HISTORY

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Throughout Jewish history every era or number of generations has had its own buzzword that encapsulates within it the apparently new idea that was to replace the tradition of Torah study and observance as the core of Jewish life. In our generation the great buzzword that afflicts us is pluralism. Even though the word is hard to define, the idea that it represents is clear and dangerous. It represents the fact that at one and the same time everyone is Jewish but that really no one is Jewish for there are no set rules or boundaries to define Judaism. Whatever one thinks Judaism is, then that is what it is. Over the centuries it has been proven time and again that such a non-definition of...

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PINCHAS

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Judaism constantly stresses the importance and worth of the individual. Even though there are billions of people living on our planet, the worth of the individual should not be diminished by this fact. In the Torah reading of this week the Lord informs Moshe that it was the action of one individual – Pinchas – that saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Jews from destruction. The bold and audacious act of one individual had the power and ability to turn away, so to speak, the wrath of God from the Jewish people at a moment of crisis. Positive acts of individuals that are bold and different do not usually result in public approval. In fact, many times that individual is...

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