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HERE AND THERE

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A very dear friend of mine travels extensively several times a year between his family in Europe and his permanent home in Israel. He often tells me that when he is there he wishes to be here and when he was here he often wishes to be there. I am somewhat in the same situation, so I readily can identify with that sort of emotion. But I check myself by the realization that this is a true reflection of the human condition. We are an eternally dissatisfied species always wanting to be where we are not and to have whatever we wish. The grass us always greener elsewhere. We are inevitably frustrated by our inability to be at two places at the same time. I reiterate, when we are here we...

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EMOR

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Torah obviously envisions the creation within Jewish society of a special rite if not even elitist group of people - the kohanim, the priestly descendants of the family of Aharon. The existence of such a group within the ranks of Israel – a group that has laws exclusive to it alone and extra economic privileges - seems to fly in the face of all our current democratic ideals and societal fairness and equality. All humans are created equal and the same sets of laws should apply to all of them indiscriminately. This mantra is currently subscribed to or at the very least, paid lip service to by “progressive” sections of human society. So, by current standards and accepted wisdom,...

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