God Bless America

I feel that it is appropriate to publish an essay that I wrote a number of years ago. Enjoy! Abraham’s relationship with God was rooted in a covenant, an agreement between two parties, each having obligations toward the other.  Abraham and his descendants were obligated to practice circumcision, kindness and justice and to have faith in God.  God in turn promised that Abraham’s descendants would maintain a special relationship with Him.  ...

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The Spark of Humanity

I recently read an article about the late, Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker, who at tremendous risk to herself organised the rescue of about 2500 Jewish children from the Nazis. She worked in the Warsaw Welfare Department during the Second World War, and she and her team of 20 used to go to the Warsaw Ghetto under the pretext of doing inspections of sanitary conditions.  She and her assistants ...

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The Prophecy of Moses

  In this week’s Torah portion, Korach, the Torah relates the story of the rebellion of Korach against the leadership of Moses and Aaron.  I think this is a good opportunity to present the seventh of Maimonides’ thirteen principles of faith, which is the belief in the superiority and authority of the prophecy of Moses. Maimonides writes,  “Moses is the father of all prophets, both of those who preceded him and those ...

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