- When you harvest your fields you shall not pick up what is accidentally left behind (19:9)
- You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind (19:14)
- You shall not be a bystander when something bad happens to someone else (19:16)
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself (19:18)
- Treat a stranger who lives with you the same way you treat everyone - remember that you were strangers in the land of Egypt (19:33-34)
- (The land of Israel is) a land of milk and honey (19:24)
Choose one of the above quotations and explain why you think it is in the Torah.
Here is a famous story you may have heard before. Read it and decide whether you agree with Hillel. Be prepared to support your opinion.
in the Talmud [Shabbos 31A]. A gentile [non-Jew] approached Shammai and said to him: "Convert me but teach me the entire Torah as I stand on one foot." Shammai, feeling that he wasn't serious, chased him away. This gentile then approached Hillel with the same offer/request but was met with a very different reaction--Hillel agreed. The entire Torah on one foot that Hillel taught him was "that which you hate, don't do to others--a paraphrase of the command to love your neighbor. "That is the entire Torah," Hillel told him, "the rest is simply an explanation. Go and learn it!" (Parsha Insights, by Rabbi Yisroel Ciner)This week we are celebrating Earth Day. What connection is there between any idea in this week's parashot and Earth Day?
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