Does G-d Help Those Who Help Themselves?
Elul 5, 5772 · August 23, 2012
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By Shmuel Lewis
Studying Rashi: Parshat Shoftim
The Torah says (Deut. 18:13) "Be wholehearted with your G-d" in contrast to those who seek fortune tellers and other ways of knowing the future. Rashi explains that G-d doesn't want us to probe the future, but to simply accept whatever comes. But aren't we supposed to be proactive? Doesn't G-d expect us to do our part as well? How is this to be understood?

By Mendel Kaplan
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The Talmud teaches: "Let that man be remembered for good, and Rabbi Yehoshua ben Gamla is his name. Until he came, only children with fathers had the opportunity to study Torah, whereas orphans did not. But Rabbi Yehoshua established Torah schools in every province and city for all children, even as young as six and seven."

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Stick Figure Vignette: Parshat Shoftim
Three little judges deliberate a case.

By Dovid Taub
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A Taste of Text—Shoftim
There is always some explanation, some justification, some perspective for another's behavior. If you cannot see it, you are not fit to be a judge.

By Chana Weisberg
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Parsha Shoftim
An analysis of the legal difference between ownership of property and the proprietary rights one has over one's own body. We look particularly closely at laws in Maimonides' Laws of The Sanhedrin. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 34, p. 106)

By Moshe New
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Letters and Numbers of the Festivals
The name of the Hebrew month Elul is spelled alef-lamed-vav-lamed. This corresponds to five different Scriptural acronyms that represent five areas of special emphasis in Elul: 1) Torah study, 2) prayer, 3) acts of kindness, 4) repentance, and 5) redemption.

Aaron L. Raskin
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Election 2012: Class 1
Is wealth a mark of sin, a sign that a person has greedily taken too much and necessarily impoverished others? Is poverty a sign of laziness, an outer indication of a poor character? We explore the Jewish view on why there is inequality in wealth, and what should we do about it.

By Nochum Mangel
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