The Jerusalem Talmud provides one of the finest formulations of Biblical peace: “The world stands upon three things: justice, truth and peace; and all three are really one: If justice is done, truth is done, and peace is done.”
In other words, only by doing justice can peace be achieved. (Jerusalem Ta’anit 4:2). Peace and well-being can never be attained at the expense of justice and morality.
The Torah’s message of peace is predicated on a complete unwillingness to compromise morality and justice—even if force must be employed to defend them.
Please join us 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning for study and worship. (Rabbi Tom will be out of town this week. Our members lead parts of the service.
Torah: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 – Click here.
Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 – Click here.
This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:
- First Aliyah: 25:10-13 (P918)
- Second Aliyah: 25:14-18 (P919)
- Third Aliyah: 25:19-26:4 (P920)
- Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:46-19:21 (P938)