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  • A Theft May Be Larger Than It Appears

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 11, 2013 | 12:30 am

    In the Jewish Ethics class I’m taking, this week we discussed theft. In particular, we discussed Talmudic thought on, for example, inviting someone to dinner when you know they won’t accept. This was presented as a theft of the mind, since the offer wasn’t sincere.

    The class got...

  • Kevah – A Different Approach to Jewish Learning

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 23, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Monday night I attended the first in a series of classes by Kevah, an interesting educational institution based in Berkeley, CA. Most Jewish education courses are top-down, with the institution deciding the topic of the course and where it will be. They then go in search of...

  • Did you transact your business honestly?

    March 14, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    “When a person is led in for judgment [in the next world], God asks: ‘Did you transact your business honestly? Did you fix times for the study of the Torah? Did you fulfill your duty to establish a family?’ ”
    —Rava (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

    The very first question that God...