The camel, the hare and the rock badger – and the restriction from eating them – have a much more nuanced lesson than just a dietary guideline. Think of the old “three strikes and you are out.”
One would think that in God’s laws the commandment to love Him should precede all other obligations that require love for others. But as seen in this week's Torah portion, that is not so. Loving human beings as individuals comes way before loving God.
One cannot hide behind a selfishly imposed isolationism. We are responsible for one another, and our selfish actions of avoiding the communal needs does affect others.
Many people who have worked hard and with great devotion at the helm of their organization would like to believe that they were irreplaceable. And yet, there is a time to be replaced. As we learn from Moses, if you are going to retire and be succeeded by another then embrace your replacement wholeheartedly and fully, even with both hands.
From a talking animal – Balaam's ass – we learn about not blaming the victim, and not putting up with abusive situations.
Who does not have pride? Though people might keep their distance from a a chimney sweep who is covered by soot from top to toe, he might very well be saying to himself: “There is no better chimney sweep in the whole world than I.” But in last week's reading from the Torah, we learn about one man who was remarkably humble.
True leaders demand more from themselves than from others in terms of time, efforts, and yes, even monetary contributions to the organization one leads. That's one of the lessons we learn from the Torah this week.
This Tuesday night, the Jewish people will begin to celebrate the one-day-long biblical festival of Shavuot ( Weeks), which is focused on the Sinai Revelation – the giving of the Torah seven weeks after the Exodus. But before the Torah was revealed, humanity had another set of guidelines for living: personal etiquette
Short of actual thievery or embezzlement, how can one defraud his fellowman in the mundane business of life? It can happen all too easily with misleading words.