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August 3, 2015 / conservadox

dvar torah- Eikev

In this week’s portion, Moses again preaches about the evils of getting too close to the neighborhood idol-worshippers, stating “thou shalt consume all the peoples that the LORD thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them” (Deut. 7:16).

Nachmanides explains that “the false pity of fools destroys all justice.”  These words could be relevant today.  Today’s “progressives” tend to have a lot of pity for the enemies of society, whether it is Arab terrorists or underclass criminals- and this sort of sympathy does indeed destroy justice.

Having said that, the Torah is hardly a “conservative” document in modern terms, as we shall see over the next few weeks when the Torah discusses issues such as charity and relief of debtors.  The Torah may be a “law and order” document, and is certainly anti-pacificist- but it is not anti-welfare.


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