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Flooded sanctuary caused by vandals in Israeli congregation

This past Shabbat we read from the Torah portion Mishpatim about the ordinances set before the Israelites. Apparently, the Ten Commandments, important as they may be, are insufficient to guide a proper social structure. For a better understanding of what is expected of us, the text offers clear guidance on a wide variety of circumstances that differ in complexity and nuance.

For example: “If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall surely be stoned and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall go unpunished.” In this case, the underlying presumption is...

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