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Abstracts of the upcoming Issues

The Ethics of War and the Law of the Sea

It is customary in Jewish synagogues to stand during the reading of only two portions of the Torah–the Song of the Sea (Shirat HaYam) in Exodus and the Ten Commandments. The tradition of standing while chanting the Song of the Sea is explained by Rabbis as a reminder to honor the dead–even the dead of our enemies. The Song of the Sea is one of the oldest parts of the Torah, written in archaic Hebrew, and presented as poetry on Torah scrolls.

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