OPINION & COMMENT
It seems that there is broad support -- and almost universal
sympathy -- for the goal of bringing the sailors who died
when the ill-fated Dakar submarine sank over 31 years ago to
a Jewish burial. No sooner was the wreck found less than two
weeks ago, than calls were heard to raise it, mainly to bring
the remains of the 69 sailors on board to a decent burial --
"kever Yisrael" as it is called in the Hebrew press.
The Goal and Duty of Jewish Women
Of late we hear the voices of some women who have doubts about how to find both satisfaction and a clear purpose to their lives. They strive earnestly to reach a clear understanding of their specific duty in Judaism as women. Such doubts, like many others which have appeared in contemporary times, are a result of the inroads of western culture and its value system within Jewry.
The obligation to be grateful to others and the enormous moral shortcoming of ingratitude is a topic that has been written about much. The ba'alei mussar, for example, point to the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 22:27) that highlights how contemptible the sordid attribute of ingratitude is.
"And My servant Koleiv, since he had a different spirit in him and filled in after Me . . . "
If we were to encapsulate Koleiv's deed in chosen words which described his loyal stance, his steadfastness and his refusal to become entangled with his fellow spies in slandering the Promised Land and denouncing Hashem...
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