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Unformatted text preview: persecutions of the Jewish people over the years, culminating in the unbelievable
atrocities visited upon our brethren in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany helped by their Allies in
Europe. We can only hope and pray that our future may be better than our recent past.
At Mount Sinai all Israel were thirsting for a new way of life, and were as a People invited to
partake of the richness of the Torah and satisfy that thirst for the eternal truths expounded therein.
We should perhaps pause a moment and reflect about freedom, what does it mean? Does it
mean that man is free to do exactly as he wishes? In every society there needs to be rules. A man is
not free from hunger, from thirst or from the need of shelter. The acquisition of these and other
necessities encourages man to live in the company of his fellows. There obviously has to be some
framework in which society conducts itself.
The Torah puts this very succinctly in three Hebrew words, "v'ahavta l'reacha komocho",
"and you shall love your neighbour (fellow man) as yourself"...
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This document was uploaded on 03/24/2014.
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