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VAETCHANAN – NACHAMU

Monday, July 27, 2015

In the Torah reading of this week our teacher and leader Moshe prays and begs for a final time, that Heaven revoke its decree preventing him from entering the Land of Israel. His plea is unsuccessful and, in fact, he is told not to raise the subject again during his lifetime. It is striking to note that Moshe does not complain about the outcome of his entreaty nor is there any note of bitterness in the rest of the book regarding his fate. One would think that on balance he could make a good case for himself. After all, he is seemingly being treated unfairly and the punishment meted out to him does not fit the offense committed. There are many reasons advanced by the commentators as...

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POST-TISHA B’AV THOUGHTS

Monday, July 27, 2015

I spent the better part of the afternoon of Tisha B’Av reading a book recently published concerning the history of Chicago's Orthodox rabbinate from the late 1800s to the middle of the twentieth century. The book has special meaning to me since I knew many of the rabbis described in the book during my early years in Chicago a half-century ago. Also the fact that my father and grandfather are memorialized in the book gave it very special meaning. The book evoked in me many different and even contradictory emotions. On one hand I was in admiration for all of the scholars, those of whom came from Eastern Europe and were great students of great scholars there, who were able somehow to...

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