Rabbi Avi Weinstein

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The TSA: Thousands Standing Around for 7 billion

In Airport Security, TSA on February 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Goldberg just referenced this article written in November, after witnessing a fellow airline passenger being forced to toss her yogurt by the big bad TSA. I recall that Bush was basically bullied by a terrified public and kneejerk Congress to create the TSA so that America would begin flying again. It turns out that TSA really stands for: Thousands Standing Around, or, maybe Trolling Sanctimonious Aparatchiks, or Terminally Sedated Alcoholics, or Theatrical Security Apparatus, Troglodytes Sucking Air…

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Parshat Mishpatim: Sometimes "the other" is "another"

In Helping enemies, Parshat Mishpatim on February 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

Values and principles are woven throughout the more expected rules, and a close reading of Parshat Mishpatim yields fruit that is conceptually poetic and marvelous. The Torah requires that one help someone he hates. Not to love him, but to help him. The Torah acknowledges that people hate each other, but that should not get in the way of helping when there is a need to do so. Click on the link above and see how the Midrash understands this Mitzvah.