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This week's parsha

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Don't Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride

This week's Torah reading speaks about the prohibition of lending money on interest.  The problem with lending on interest is that the money has now passed on to the other party, yet I continue to receive benefit for the use of the money despite its no longer being in my possession.  I receive profits in return for a one-time effort a long time ago, even without any continuing effort on my part.

In whatever field it may be -- work, family life, educating children, etc. -- we find ourselves, at one time or another, in a position to influence others and to advise and guide people in a positive manner.  When we feel we have had an impact -- that we have managed to impart positive values, methods or attitudes to another person -- it gives us a feeling of accomplishment.

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Don't Get Lost in the Crowd

After the Exodus from Egypt the Jews were so eager to receive the Torah that they counted the days remaining to that great event.  This was a prelude to the precept of counting the omer which they received later at Mount Sinai.

Throughout the ages, the counting of the omer has remained a preparation to receiving the Torah.  When the forty-nine days of counting the omer come to an end, the festival of Shavuot (celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai) follows immediately.

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Brotherly Love

This week's Torah portion tells us to "Love your fellow as yourself."

The Talmud relates the story of the budding convert who came to the venerable sage, Hillel, and asked him to teach him the whole Torah whilst standing on one foot.  Hillel replied:  "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.  This is the whole Torah--the rest is commentary..."

Rabbi Akiva considered love for one's fellow "a vital principle of the Torah."

Why did Hillel place so much emphasis on this particular precept?  We can understand how it underlies those commandments which apply between our fellow man; but how does it impact on those commandments which apply between mankind and G-d?  How is brotherly love related to keeping the Sabbath, or Kosher?

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