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shutterstock/sergignThe Morality of Conquest
A short video connecting the Parasha to the land of Israel.
  • The Morality of Conquest
    The people of Israel come to the land of Israel by conquering the land from other nations. This Parasha sheds light on the morality of our conquest.
  • Insights
    A Community Coin
    A shiur by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed for "Prashat Shekalim".
  • שיג ושיח
    We will do and we will hear
    A shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly portion "Mishpatim".
  • The Kosher Way to Collect a Loan
    Although it is a very big mitzvah to lend money, some people are reluctant to do so because they know of loans that proved difficult to collect. Must you lend someone money if you are not sure it will ever be repaid? What do you do if you lent money to someone who seemed very honest and sincere, but now that it comes time to repay, he informs you that he is penniless? What may you do and what may you not do to collect your money? How can you guarantee that you get your money back?
  • Cooperation with the State’s Legal Apparatus – Is it Possible?
    Our parasha opens with the pasuk, “These are the statutes that you shall place before them” (Shemot 21:1). This is the source for Chazal’s derasha that adjudication is to be done in front of a Jewish beit din and not before non-Jews or those who are not trained in Torah law (Gittin 88b). The Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat 26:1) rules this way, including in cases in which both sides agree to the non-Torah arrangement. Not only that, but one who is not careful on this matter is called a “rasha” and like “one who blasphemes the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu.”
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