D’var Torah

Reciprocal Kindness – Vaera 5782

As Pharaoh continues to resist Moses’ demand to let the people Israel go free, God introduces additional and more intensive demonstrations of power. The Nile River, the single most important natural resource of the kingdom, is now targeted for attention. The lifeblood...

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Compassion – Shemot 5782

Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that at least some of human morality is innate. In his 2014 book Just Babies he recounts the evidence that even at an early age humans manifest compassion and sympathy. (In a subsequent book entitled Against Empathy Bloom argues that...

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Words to Live By

What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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