Introduction to Chumash Vayikra

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  1. Raymond says:

    I am not sure if I understood Rabbi Carmy correctly, but from what I can ascertain, I think what he is saying, is that while we can live our lives out as individuals only, that such a life may be a free one but not a truly meaningful one, whereas if we as individuals attach ourselves to a worthy group or cause, then our lives do take on meaning, for we make ourselves larger by being a part of that bigger picture.

    I think Rabbi Carmy is right. The psychopaths of our society, tend to be loners who have found no group with which to identify. Of course, one has to be very careful with what constitutes a worthy or at least harmless group, or else one faces the equal danger of joining some dangerous cult or draconian, destructive political movement such as communism or islamofascism. But it is human nature to want to be part of something. This can be mundane, such as fans cheering on the sports team with which they identify; it can seem ordinary yet is really heroic, such as choosing to be a spouse and a parent, or it can be sublime, such as identifying in a truly spiritual way with our Jewish people.

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