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  • Does Containment Include those who are Proud of their Abomination?
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    Does Containment Include those who are Proud of their Abomination?

    Homiletic experts from all the generations have delved into and analyzed the four sons: the essence of their questions, the suitability of the replies we give, and mainly the fact that they have all been invited to the same place – our Seder table. Speakers of the last generation have added a fifth chair, meant for a son who doesn't even make it to the Seder. Not only doesn't he know how to ask the questions, in fact he has no interest in asking, and he might well block his ears so as not to hear anything. And even so, our speakers tell us, and rightly so – we maintain a warm corner in our hearts for him. "For as I speak of him, I will yet remember him. Therefore my insides pine for him, I will have pity on him..." [Yirmiyahu 31:19]. Women speakers of the last generations, who are working hard to translate the Torah into a feminized format, will also present a group of four daughters, in an effort to maintain equality. (What do you call the bad daughter? Evil? A shrew?)

    Sermons will be made, and I will make my own attempt to add my words to the issue which is called "containment" – that is, everything can be included, everything is treated in the same way. This word, which comes from the realm of psychology, is today used to denote acceptance of and compassion for the "other" – whether he or she is different, strange, and even a bit eccentric – just as they are, without any hint of rejection, without preaching to them, and without trying to make them change their behavior or their outlook. I can partially identify with this concept, but with one important limitation: The "other" must be aware that he or she is different and that his behavior is wrong as far as I am concerned. In this case, there is indeed room for friendship, a partnership, a combination, and a conversation. From my point of view I do not flatter him but act in accordance with the definition: "containment."
    1622 : Kedoshim
    29th of Nissan 5776 07/05/2016
    Taking a Torah Scroll off the Bima to Help a Handicapped Person / Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon
    When a handicapped man is called to the Torah, are we allowed to put a small table next to the Bima for the Torah scroll and read the Torah from there?
    A Complete Task / Rabbi Atiel Gilady
    A person who starts things but never finishes lives in a perpetual state of frustration, even if he or she is not always aware of the reason for the feeling.
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    Using an oven on Shabbat

    Is there any problem with using the oven on Shabbat under the control of a timer?
    Milk and Meat Dishes in the Same Dishwasher

    Milk and Meat Dishes in the Same Dishwasher

    Can the same dishwasher can be used for both dairy and meat dishes (not at the same time).
    Recycling Weekly Parsha Sheets

    Recycling Weekly Parsha Sheets

    Can I recycle the parsha sheets in such a way that the contents are not desecrated or harmed?
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