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August 29, 2016 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Reeh

This week’s portion urges a variety of charitable actions (Deut 15). But it also urges the extermination of idol worshippers and false prophets. As to the latter, Arama writes: “display of sympathy for the corrupt few is equivalent to subjecting the majority to their evil machinations.”

The presence of these sentiments in the same Torah portion illustrates a broader point: Judaism is about balance.  The conservative idea that poor people deserve to be poor is anti-Torah.  But so is the liberal idea that antisocial conduct must be excused or explained away. Love the stranger, but kill your enemy.*

*unless you can make him a nonenemy,  but that’s another discussion.

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  1. Shira Salamone / Aug 30 2016 3:46 pm

    “The conservative idea that poor people deserve to be poor is anti-Torah. But so is the liberal idea that antisocial conduct must be excused or explained away.”

    Here, here!

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