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Justice and Mercy Are Jewish Love

In this week’s Torah portion, NasoYHVH reminds Moses, “Speak to the Israelites: When men or women individually commit any wrong toward a fellow human being, thus breaking faith with the Eternal, and they realize their guilt, they shall confess the wrong that they have done. They shall make restitution in the principal amount and add one-fifth to it, giving it to the one who was wronged.” (Numbers 5:6-7). The instruction to admit wrongdoing and make restitution applies to those we like and those we don't like.

D'var Torah By: 
Personalizing the Commandments Is the Beginning of Change
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Steven H. Rau

Just as we are guided to look inward at this commandment to acknowledge and make restitution to someone we have wronged, so we should look inward with every commandment in the Torah. Every directive in the Torah may be thought of in the first person — as if it were written for us. Just as at the Passover seder we recite the words, “It is because of this that God did for me when I went out from Egypt,” so, too, can each commandment be read as it were directed to each one of us individually. 

Can Justice Be Real

Our Torah portion this week, Shoftim, opens with a wishful vision of how the people of Israel will live when they finally arrive in the Land of Israel.

D'var Torah By: 
Justice, Jutice [and Love and Mercy] Shall You Pursue
Davar Acher By: 
Rabbi Zari M. Weiss

Have you ever been left off the invitation list of a friend's party and felt hurt or angry? Have you in your hurt lashed back at your friend, quick to cast judgment on his or her character?

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