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Wise Fridays: Abolish Wars

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“It is hard to do justice to the originality of men who, in the eighth century BCE, untutored by the horrors of two world wars with poison gas and atom bombs, and without the frightening prospect of still more fearful weapons of destruction, insisted that war is evil and must some day be abolished, and that all peoples must learn to dwell together in peace.”

Walter Kaufmann

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Posted on March 11, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Deception in Business

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“It is forbidden to defraud or deceive any person in business. Jew and non-Jew are to be treated alike. If the vendor knows that his merchandise is defective, he must so inform the purchaser. It is wrong to deceive any person in words, even without causing him a pecuniary loss.”

Maimonides

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Posted on March 4, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Words and Not Money

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“Rabbi Isaac said: Anyone who gives a coin to a poor man is blessed with six blessings, but one who encourages him with words is blessed with eleven.”

Babylonian Talmud Bava Batra 9b

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Posted on February 11, 2011

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Wise Fridays: National Responsibility

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“Happy is the country and happy the nation that can give an account of what it has taken from others, and more importantly, of what it has given to the heritage of all humanity. Woe to the country and nation that encloses itself within its own four cubits and limits itself to its own narrow boundaries, lacking anything of its own to contribute, and lacking the tools to receive from others.”

Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel

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Posted on February 4, 2011

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Wise Fridays: A Song of Sorrow

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“Three ways are open to a man who is in sorrow. He who stands on a normal rung weeps, he who stands higher is silent, but he who stands on the topmost rung converts his sorrow into song. ”

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

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Posted on January 28, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Which is the Right Path?

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“Which is the right path that you should choose for yourself? One that is admirable in your eyes, and admirable in the eyes of others. ”

Pirkei Avot 2:1

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Posted on January 21, 2011

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Wise Fridays:

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“Do not say, ‘Why should I lessen my own fortune by giving my money to this poor person?’ Bear in mind, rather, that the wealth we posses is but held in trust for the purpose that we might use it to perform the will of the One who deposited it with us.”

Tur Yoreh Deah 247

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Posted on January 14, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Just Four Paragraphs a Day

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“If a man learns two paragraphs of the law in the morning and two in the evening and is engaged in his work all day, it is considered as though he had fulfilled the Torah in its entirety.”

Tanhuma Beshallakh #20

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Posted on December 17, 2010

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Wise Fridays: Guideline for Disputes

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“Two camels meet on the steep ascent to Beit-Horon; if they both ascend simultaneously both will tumble down into the valley. If they ascend one after the other both can go up safely. How should they act? If one is laden and the other unladen, the unladen camel should let the laden one go first.”

Talmud, Sanhedrin 32b

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Posted on December 10, 2010

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