5774 — Beha’alotcha: To include or exclude?

Posted by Elisha Ancselovits on June 2, 2014
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Beha'alotecha, Pesach

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Rabbi Elisha Ancselovits discusses parsha Beha’alotcha. How does the Torah balance having a set date for the Passover celebration of the Exodus so that it can feel like a holiday, with the needs of those mourners who have just buried their dead to celebrate after their mourning ends? A Biblical example of Halakhic style thinking, which seeks to address all concerns instead of simplistically choosing one need or value over another need or value – which seeks to include competing human needs instead of excluding some.

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About Elisha Ancselovits

Elisha teaches Halakha as Practical Philosophy in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, has taught Halakha at additional Orthodox and secular Israeli and European institutions. He is currently a post-doc researcher in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University, had been a visiting researcher in Hebrew University’s Institute of Jewish Law, and is a fellow of Liverpool Hope University’s Centre for War and Peace Studies. Click here to read more.

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