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PACKING A SUITCASE

Sunday, February 23, 2020

I have had the good fortune this winter of attending a number of weddings of grandchildren in the United States. This naturally entailes traveling far distances, an experience, at my age, that no longer has the aura of glamour attached to it. Even with wheelchair and so-called VIP service present at all airports today, this is still a daunting challenge to elderly travelers, but, thank God, I have been able to navigate Ben Gurion and JFK airports successfully so far. However, it is the task of packing my suitcase that has exhausted and befuddled me at every instance. Invariably, I take too many things with me, and they are not the very things that I need at my destination. I am always...

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TERUMAH

Sunday, February 23, 2020

One of the greatest problems that has dogged religious life throughout the centuries is the place of material wealth and money in the structure of religious life. It is obvious to all that wealth corrupts and sullies noble programs and plans., The question boils down to the eternal issue as to whether the noble ends - Jewish education, synagogue worship, social charitable endeavors -- justify the means, as the process often borders on the unethical procurement of money. Monetary scandals have plagued all religious projects and ambitions from time immemorial. The fact that the goal trying to be achieved is so noble and morally necessary, makes the temptation to deviate from correct...

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