Ki Teitzei

Ki Teitzei: Hit 'Em Less

September 05, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
What is the role of a Rabbi? When this question was asked to Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, author of the monumental code of law the Aruch Hashulchan, he responded that it is to issue rulings on Jewish law. Such is what one might expect coming from a world class posek, decisor of Jewish law. This would seem to have its roots in last week's parsha, where the Torah describes the role of the Sanhedrin. "If a...
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Ki Teitzei: Leave G-d Out of It

September 04, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
For the religion that first brought the message of ethical monotheism to the world, Judaism sure does its best to have us lead much of our daily lives as if there were no G-d, strange and heretical as this may sound. Principles such as "we may not rely on miracles" (Pesachim 64b), "in the ways of G-d, why do you concern yourself?" (Brachot 10a), or "It [Torah] is not in heaven" (Devarim 30:12), mandate us to...
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