Raison D’etre as a Nation
Our tradition teaches that every human being is created in G-d’s image (Genesis 1:27), and is required to behave morally (by keeping the Noahide laws, as in Tosefta Avoda Zara 9:4). G-d’s decision to give Torah to the Israelites was in no way intended to exempt the rest of humanity from moral behavior. Rather, Israel was given Torah in order to facilitate the morality of all...
Prayers, Tears and Feelings can have considerable cosmic influence
- If Noah had asked G-d for mercy, there would have been no flood (Kedushat Levi : Noach, first article)
- On three occasions G-d accedes to Moses’ requests not to destroy Israel (Exodus 32, Numbers 14, Numbers 16)
- Jeremiah tells the exiles: If you had cried even once in Zion, you would