Our sages teach, wisdom is greater prophecy then actual prophetic insight – so all we need to do is look at well, as they say hindsight, which is 20/20; and correlate it to foresight – you see, only a fool looks at half a story and judges the whole – a person looking say at a single part of the Mona-Lisa cannot see the whole – let’s look at all of history hence we shall discover automatically the destiny – all of history accurately goes with the Rabbinic declaration “the first two thousand years are creation (or alternatively chaos) the next two thousand years are Torah, and the final redemption” – succinctly, first God made the world (app. 5,777 years ago) then man devolved into rape, theft etc. – then God created a new world order, beginning with Noah, but particularly with Abraham – the first spiritual seeker – Jew – His children then received the Torah – however it would be a full four thousand years for the integration of ideal of Abraham in the Torah, would firmly take root – You see, what few perceive is the depth of the wisdom of the Torah – for in society we either have an “every man for himself” (this is the tribal cultures to this very day – most of Africa, the middle-east (excluding Jews) and I am sure many others, operate… – sure, there may be “every tribe against the other,” but within the tribes it’s “every man against the other;” no better statement to describe this than the Arab “Me against my brother, my brother and I against my cousin, my cousin and I against the world” (as Islam has unfortunately adopted, “Islam versus humanity” (at least the salafists, traditional Muslims, numbering 700,000,000 – for Islam coming from an Arab has this kind of, as Lawrence of Arabia calls the Arabs, who he knew intimately, “xenophobic”, but that’s another subject) The challenge of life is not to create a “we” rather to create a duality, in which there is both individuality, coupled with responsibility! – it is not the public over the private (as communism and perhaps other systems failed to achieve, for they stifle the very individuality and human free-drive) rather to create a doctrine which on one hand, governance creates the security for growth (for without security we immediately go into “I vs. you”) and simultaneously offers mankind the tools to get beyond oneself

Please Dear Creator of all that is holy and unholy, of all that creates and destroys; May you grant me my deepest wish, to be part of all that is good and constructive, and never evil

Never consider yourself a better judge

Everything that exists (besides what we will soon share) has a positive and negative, like north and south, east and west, up and down, like a magnet, toward or away – for example, love has fear – if I love you, I fear losing my love; pride has shame; the only thing that has no negative, is God

Far better to take a little shame today and much pride tomorrow (than the reverse)

Mitzvah of The Day

Issuing a Punitive Sentence Based on Circumstantial Evidence

“And an innocent and righteous person you shall not slay”—Exodus 23:7.

We are forbidden to punish an individual based on circumstantial evidence, even if the person’s guilt is virtually certain.

For example: A person was pursuing his enemy with the intent to murder him. The pursued escaped into a house, followed by the pursuer. Witnesses then enter the house and find the victim lying murdered, still convulsing, and the pursuer standing over him holding a knife—both people covered with blood. The courts may not execute the pursuer since there were no witnesses who actually saw the murder.

Though this law might seem unjust [as it will inevitably lead to the exoneration of certain criminals], here’s the rationale:

In the realm of the possible, some possibilities are extremely probable, some are extremely unlikely, and then there’s the full broad gamut of possibilities that fall somewhere between these two extremes. If the Torah were to allow the courts to punish an individual in an instance where the probability of guilt is almost definite (similar to the above example), then the courts would also come to punish in cases in which the guilt is less and less probable, until they would execute defendants based on flimsy estimation according to the judge’s imagination.

Therefore G‑d “closed the door” to this possibility and forbade any punishment unless there are witnesses who are certain beyond a doubt that the event transpired and that there is no other possible explanation.

If we do not inflict punishment, even when the offense is most probable, the worst that could happen is that someone who is really guilty will be found innocent. But if punishment was implemented based on circumstantial evidence, it is possible that someday an innocent person would be executed. And it is preferable that a thousand guilty people be set free than to execute one innocent person.

Similarly, if two witnesses testified that a person committed two different capital offenses, each one having seen only one of the acts – e.g., one witness testified that he saw a person working on Shabbat, and another witness testified that he saw the person worshipping idols – that person cannot be executed.

What if our universe wasn’t real? – You know, though it sounds so counter-intuitive for we see it, touch it, hear, taste… but as we now know, sight – perhaps the deepest of what we consider concrete-proof- is a very narrow bandwidth of energy (nano-waves; as you well know, there are x-rays that see differently, and many other types of waves) Sound, we also hear on a narrow spectrum; there are many more sounds that we don’t hear – touch which perhaps may seem most concrete is actually entirely false, it is merely the electrical charges of atoms bouncing off one-another, interpreted by our brain (which is why someone who G0d-forbid lost an arm, can still get an itch, as the brain tells us what we are feeling, not our hand!)