Allowing Others to Take Advantage of You Is No Mitzvah

Sept. 8 2016

Analyzing a contemporary halakhic ruling by Rabbi Asher Weiss, Gil Student argues that, while the Torah demands scrupulous honesty—especially in business dealings—it does not demand making oneself a victim of exploitation. His conclusion, based primarily on medieval rabbinic works, is perhaps best illustrated by a midrashic tale about the biblical Jacob:

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More about: Halakhah, Jacob, Jewish ethics, Religion & Holidays, Talmud

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror