Archive for the Torah Portion Category

Stoning Rebellious Children

Kids will be kids. That’s true. But they don’t have to be bad kids. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1), the Apostle Paul says. In the Bible, obeying one’s parents is a big deal. So much so that a rebellious […]

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Clear Boundaries

An English maxim has it that fences make good neighbors. In biblical times, territorial borders were marked off with boundary stones. Typically, a boundary-stone landmark might be one stone set up on end, indicating the border between a man’s field and his neighbor’s. You shall not move […]

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The Mitzvah of Charity

Ironically, anti-Semites depict Jewish people as greedy, stingy money-lovers. The opposite is true. Charity is a central pillar of Jewish identity and the Torah-life. It reflects God’s own nature as an act of grace. When it comes to giving generously, Jewish people excel because Jewish culture has […]

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