Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) was once confronted by a political opponent who chided him about being Jewish. “Indeed,” he responded “I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages on an unknown island, mine were priests in the Temple of Solomon”
…….The Ceremonial Hall, the Nostalgia Center And the Davening Club – In his exiting book, “On Being a Jew,” Professor James Kugel warns his readers about three kinds of synagogues that have done great damage to Jewish life. He calls them the “Ceremonial Hall Synagogues,” the “Nostalgia Centers” and the “Davening Clubs.” (1)
The Torah does not often give instructions related to food. Besides the Kashruth laws and some Pesach laws there are no instructions how to prepare food or how to eat it. The only remarkable exception to this is the law concerning the Korban Pesach, the Passover lamb.
When carefully studying the commandments of the Torah, it is most important to note the emotional sensitivity used by the text not to offend any of its readers. When discussing the “Eved Ivri” “the Hebrew Servant,” the text states: “When you buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve, and in the seventh year he shall go out into freedom for nothing” (Shemoth 21:1).
From a subjective point of view it seems that the existence and behavior of a single human being is of little importance. Except for those leaders, thinkers and scientists who really make a contribution towards the advancement (or devastation) of mankind, the vast majority of people, numbering in the billions, do not seem to make any difference in terms of the future and wellbeing of our society. If not for the fact of their numbers, they would have stayed unnoticed and the world would not have missed them if they would not have been born.