The weekly portion

Walking in God’s ways Rabbanit Ravit Kalech is a Fifth Year Fellow in the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) In the sequence of blessings in our parsha, Moshe says the following to the People: “The Lord will establish thee for a holy people unto Himself, as He has sworn unto thee; if …

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Rav Avishai Milner

The Prohibition on Charging Interest as a Key Factor in a Robust Society Rabbi Avishai Milner is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Neveh Shmuel Yeshiva High School, Named in Memory of Samuel Pinchas Ehrman Let us imagine a very common scenario: An affluent person wishes to lend money to his needy friend.  It is only …

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Pnina Omer

Our Responsibility to Pursue Justice Pnina Omer is the Director of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline for Agunot The portion of Shoftim opens with the words “Judges and officers shall you appoint for you in all your gates… and they shall judge the people with righteous judgement.”  The section …

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Rabbi Yakov Nagen

What Does God Have to Do with Social Justice? Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen is the director of the Beit Midrash for Judaism and Humanity and the Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue   The Torah addresses both interpersonal relations and the individual’s relationship with God. There are those who think the human, social realm is more important, …

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