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R' Shlomo on P' K'doshim(2): What Holiness Means

I want to tell you sweetest friends what holiness means: If you will call up a friend and ask  ‘can you do me a favor?’ and they will say ‘it depends’, and then you tell him what it is and he will say that he...

The Noise of Holiness

Gwen Harwood’s marvelous poem on death ends: [Death]’ll wear my face and yours. Not as we were, thank God. As we shall be When we let go of the world, late ripe fruit falling. What we are is beyond him utterly. As wonderful as her poem may be, I do...

Cheating

Whenever I am asked for my predictions for the future I become irritable and think of Horace. Horace, himself a poet, already confessed that he let many things pass rather than make an enemy of the irritable genus of poets; and poets, are irritable still. Reading of...

Surely Not Paradise

“Paradise is not of this world and those who set out to look for it or to construct it here are irremediably condemned to failure (“Traces of Gauguin” - Mario Vargas Llosa) How could I not read Vargas Llosa’s “Piedra de Toque,” or Touchstone? First of...

Table Talk
Table Talk: Acharei Mot – Kedoshim

If Only It Was That Simple: “You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him.” (19:17) The prohibition against hating is, as the verse says, “in your heart”. The assumption is that there must be a reason that you hate someone else. He must have done