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Reflection on Torah Portion
SEEKING THE GOOD - We, Who Are On the Road

For the next several weeks, I want to devote my morning study sessions to reflections on the notable books and ideas that have brought me to where I am in my thinking. For our Torah study time, our Rabbinic Assistant Shy Blakeney will discuss the Torah portion, and then I want to offer a series of talks on Moral Theory - what are obligated to do, and why? Here are some thoughts that serve as a preface to my new morning study session

We, Who Are On the Road
-Rabbi Mordecai Finley

I knew very young tha...

Reflections on the Weekly Torah Portion - VaYakhel- Pekudei

Freedom and Work

This Shabbat is the fourth and final of the Four Special Portions, read before Passover, our festival of freedom. A few thoughts on freedom: The main difference between the political and spiritual approaches to freedom is that the focus on political freedom usually means freedom for some aggrieved or oppressed group. Spiritual freedom usually focuses on the human condition, freeing everyone from destructive forces within.

One problem I have with the focus on political freedom is that it often focuses...

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