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VOICES OF TORAH (Continued from page 10)

with your ancestors, as it still the case (Deuteronomy
8:14-18). Many of the people we serve are well off,
yet neglect Jewish participation and the mandate to
care for others in the community because it seems
irrelevant to the success that they have created.
Is it hubris that makes so many think of or experience
their material rewards as being a function of their
intellectual prowess and hard work alone? Is it
not often the case that wealth is generated and
accumulated on the backs of many others who have
much less to show for their efforts?
Judaism's great innovation is communal responsibility,
the obligation of all to the most vulnerable in the
Jewish community as well as to non-Jews who are
hungry, need clothing, shelter, and health care.
Properly fulfilling our responsibility to care for the
most vulnerable requires a village, including those
who have experienced the greatest financial success.
We should carefully remind those with resources to
understand the great good they can do and the great
merit of tzedakah.

Having seen a number of documentaries recently
exposing how animals are maltreated and prepared
for slaughter, I decided to become a vegetarian. The
truth is that Adam and Eve didn't touch meat. God
permitted them to consume vegetation and fruit
(Genesis 1:29, 2:16) and instructed them to control
and tend to the animals (1:26, 2:19-20). While the
Torah is replete with examples of animal sacrifice, it
appears initially that animals were not intended for
secular (chulin) consumption.
Parashat R'eih contains the first example of a change
in attitude when it asserts, When you say to yourselves,
"I would like to eat meat," because you have a craving
[t'aveh] for it, then you may freely eat it (Deuteronomy
12:20). Interestingly, the word ta'avah appears in the
Bible for the first time in connection with the fruit o
f the Tree of Knowledge from which Eve and
Adam were expressly forbidden to eat (Genesis 3:6).
The underlying concern is human cravings and our
ability to control our desires. Therefore, Midrash

P'sikta Zutarta (Exodus 16:8) tells us, we should
limit the amount of meat we consume. The
command not to seethe a kid in its mother's milk,
which appears for the third time in Parashat R'eih,
may also reflect the concern about consuming meat.
The Talmud (BT Kiddushin 57b) explains this as a
threefold prohibition: "not eating, not enjoying, and
not cooking."
Not everything that we enjoy eating is necessarily
right. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the French lawyer
and politician who gained fame as an epicure and
gastronome, wrote, "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell
you what you are."

Correction from the March-April issue

Please note the transliteration of m'ilah was incorrect
in the last paragraph. It should have read: "Generally,
m'ilah connotes the misappropriation or misuse of
property dedicated to God. Robert Alter (The Five
Books of Moses, p. 706, n. 6) broadens m'ilah to
include human fraud."

WRN: When the World Stopped
Colleagues, as you know from personal experience,
newsletter deadlines are well in advance of their
publication dates. So, I write this in late March during
week two of the COVID-19 self-isolation period. It
is hard to know where this pandemic is heading, but
right now so many are already ill, some very, very
seriously, and the number of deaths worldwide is
shocking. I can only imagine what the coming weeks
will bring.
WRN is a small but mighty organization. While we
always value the time we are together in person, most
of our community functions remotely. Board meetings,
national learning, and other gatherings have been
on videoconferencing for many years. Therefore, we

NAORRR Looks to the Future
We were deeply disappointed, as everyone was, that
the CCAR Convention had to be cancelled, albeit
with good reason. We were especially sorry for those
of our NAORRR members who were to celebrate
their 50th year anniversary of ordination. We live in a
challenging time.
NAORRR was fortunate to have been able to
gather for our annual convention in January in

were able to quickly put together bi-weekly meet-ups
on Zoom, called Connection and Koah, to provide a
forum to support each other as our rabbis rise to meet
so many personal and professional challenges during
this crisis. It has been an opportunity to check in and
share from the heart in a safe, accepting space.
As we are all deeply concerned for the life or death
implications of this pandemic, I also want to recognize
its serious financial impact, including on the Jewish
world. Many WRN members are already feeling the
impact of the abrupt slowdown of the economy. We
are thinking of you and are talking about ways to
support you during this financial challenge.

leadership of the CCAR, HUC-JIR, and URJ
for everything they are doing to navigate this
unprecedented crisis. The strength of our Movement is
evident in the thought and care given to every decision
and offering.
May you, your loved ones, and communities be safe
physically and mentally. May the essential workers of
our communities be kept from harm. May this crisis
pass as quickly as possible.
Rabbi Mary L. Zamore
Executive Director, WRN

Finally, many thanks to the professional and lay

Boca Raton, Florida, before this pandemic became
a crisis that has inhibited such gatherings. It was a
wonderful convention that included many learning
opportunities and especially a large helping of
chevruta. For most members, the great importance of
our conventions is the ability to connect with longtime (not "old") friends and make new ones. We all
enjoyed our scholar-in-residence, Dr. Gary Zola, and
a chance to hear from and meet Hara Person and Ron
Segal. We had many excellent workshops led by our


own members with a depth of knowledge.
We are now looking forward to our next convention,
im yirtzeh HaShem, as they say, in Scottsdale, Arizona,
next January. Any CCAR member over the age of
sixty is eligible to join NAORRR, and if you're in
that category, we sincerely hope you will become a
part of our warm chevruta.
Julian and Susie Cook,
Co-executive Vice Presidents


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