Is sin a religiously helpful cate- gory or does it simply engender too much guilt? What is the relationship between sin and repentance? What are some of the most egre- gious Jewish sins today? Has sin become a “Christian” concept — and does that create a barrier to Jewish thinking about such behavior?
Nothing lasts forever. Upon resolving to build the Temple, Solomon sends a message to King Huram of Tyre requesting wood and additional craftsmen. He writes about dedicating a House in the name of God, “as is Israel’s duty forever.” (II Chronicles 2:3) The rabbis, in the aftermath of the Temple’s destruction, are faced with the
When I was about seven and read in my makhzor about “wan- ton looks and glances,” I felt pretty smug. I had suspected that when my parents started eating out in Chinese restaurants, this was a humongous sin, even though they mumbled about keeping kosher at home being far more important than keeping kosher out.
The unknowing life. The unturned earth. The unattended child. The unfilled vase. What does it mean to be b’vli da’at (without knowing)? As when a tree-cutter goes to work in the forest with his neighbor, not feeling that the head of the axe is loose. Or he notices, but thinks nothing of it. Or he notices
I have always been puzzled by the confession of the sin about running to do evil. I understand why one does evil — but why run to do it? Ever been on a diet? There are five cookies left in the bag and you eat them quickly, one gulp, stuffing them in and down. Why? If you