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THE ABSENCE OF CIVILITY

Sunday, July 15, 2018

There was a time, well within recorded memory, when political differences and legislative proposals that people had could be discussed and decided with a modicum of civility and even courtesy. That seems not to be true anywhere in the world any longer. Here in Israel we are accustomed to bitter politics and a great deal of personal venom. Yet, somehow this pales in comparison with the current political climate in the United States. The catalyst for all of this has been the election of Donald Trump as president. However the underpinnings of hate and vitriol all have been in the making for many decades. Fueled by ideology and the certainty of beliefs, encouraged by people who make a...

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DVARIM

Sunday, July 15, 2018

In summing up the story of the Jewish people, from Egyptian slavery to the eve of their entry into their promised homeland, our great teacher and leader Moshe minces no words. He reminds the people of Israel of their shortcomings and of their transgressions during the 40 years that he has led them. There is very little bitterness in his narrative but rather just the damning truth of hard facts and known circumstances. Though this fifth book of the Bible will contain many commandments and legal matters in it, the overall message of the book is one of historical perspective – of the past and of the future, of the weaknesses and foibles of the people and of their greatness and search for...

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