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MISHPATIM

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Talmud develops for us all of the complex laws that are laid out here in this week’s Torah reading. In fact, a great proportion of the tractates of the Talmud are involved in explaining the words, ideas and practical implications of the verses that appear this week. Judaism is a religion of behavior and practicality and not only of soaring spirituality and otherworldly utopian ideas. It presupposes that there will be physical altercations between people, that property will be damaged, that human beings will behave in a less than sanguine fashion and that, therefore, monetary and physical consequences for such behavior are necessary in order to allow for society to function. ...

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PASSWORDS

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In a moment of extreme foolishness I recently attempted to pay a credit card bill online through my computer. People of my generation should avoid such risky and dangerous behavior. The computer arrogantly demanded a password in order to log into my account. It also condescendingly informed me that I already had a password and that I should really type it in to get started paying my bill. I have no recollection whatsoever of ever having that password and I certainly cannot remember what that password was. So, I again foolishly attempted to create a new password, which would then facilitate my entry into the hallowed halls of my credit card account. However, my computer repeatedly...

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