Today we will not explore a chapter, section, narrative, verse or even word of the Torah. We will focus on a single letter in the Torah
The death on January 16, 2014 of a man named Hiroo Onoda, made headlines, due to his extraordinary story—comical and tragic at once, and symbolic of Japanese obedience. Onoda was an Imperial Japanese Army officer who remained at his jungle post on an island in the Philippines for 29 years, refusing to believe that World War II was over.
His story—comical, amusing, and tragic—can teach us about how we are to keep G-d’s laws of the Torah.
Three pillars of Judaism—Shabbat, dedication to family, and dedication to Israel—have been undermined in our generation. Why? Because when you divorce rational laws from their Divine creator, they ultimately lose their appeal and power. What we can learn from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech in the Knesset this week.
The story of how a German Jew was designated by the Keiser as a Baron. The story of Georges Picquart, who died exactly 100 years ago, a figure of global controversy, revered and reviled in equal measure as the world’s most famous whistle-blower, who put his future on the line to free an innocent Jew from a life-sentence.