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What does Judaism say about human rights?

Question:What is the Jewish perspective on Human Rights? Answer: The Torah doesn't speak of rights, only of responsibilities. Through the...

When Kindness is Misguided

Two simple statements in the Talmud contain an entire field of therapeutic wisdom that was developed some 2,000 years later. "It is not the mouse...

The Psychology of Sin

If we are all descended from Adam and Eve, then it stands to reason that our characteristics--both positive and negative, fine points and foibles--can all...

Meager Rewards

The Trivial Reward He graduated with honors, received his master’s degree, and was working on his dissertation when he lost interest. In an effort...

Does a person's mental state have any bearing on their guilt for sins?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Buki: does mental state have any bearing on a person_s guilt for...

Isn’t it cruel for G-d to deny certain souls access to the World-to-Come?

It is not that G-d destroys a person; it is the person who destroys her/himself. Admission to a higher form of existence is not granted...

What is the Jewish view on capital punishment?

Capital punishment, or dinei nefashot in Hebrew, is mentioned early on in the Torah in regard to punishment for murder: immediately after the flood, G-d...

Earthly Rewards for Heavenly Service?

“If you follow My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them, I will give your rains in their time, the Land will yield its produce, and...

Why does G-d allow the innocent and good to suffer?

Hurt: why do you think that G-d allows the innocent and good to suffer? Rabbi Gurkow: there are many reasons for suffering Hurt: for what reason? Rabbi...

Hell on the Way to Heaven

Passing Through Hell The Jewish concept of hell is quite different from what’s commonly believed to be a dead end—an eternally painful...