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Social Ethics

Source Critics May Be Right, but the Torah Has the Power to Change the World

Dr. Rabbi

Shmuly Yanklowitz

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The Exodus, the Alien, and the Neighbor

Prof.

Richard Elliott Friedman

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Gleanings for the Poor – Justice, Not Charity

The agricultural allocations for the poor outlined in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are a series of negative commandments, in which God forbids Israelite householders from gathering some of their produce and requires them to leave it for the poor. The rabbis took these laws a step further, granting the poor property rights over the allocations even before they are gathered.

Dr.

Gregg E. Gardner

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The Jubilee Law: Ideal Legislation

An attempt to control the disparity between the rich and the poor and create a righteous society

Prof.

Yairah Amit

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The Prohibition of Cross-Dressing

Deuteronomy 22:5 prohibits men and women from wearing each other’s clothes. What is the motivation behind this law, and why is this behavior “abhorrent to YHWH”?

Dr.

Hilary Lipka

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