Questions to Consider:
1) You came back all fired up from your RAJE Israel trip and you decided to commit to light candles every Friday night. The Rabbi told you to make sure you light a few minutes before sunset. Everything is going great, but your third week back, you got stuck in traffic and didn't make it home until 20 minutes after sunset. Do you still light the candles?
2) Rachel is a Jewish young professional and a rising political figure in the DC scene. She has an opportunity to pursue a romantic relationship, that should wouldn't normally be interested in, but might catapult her career and create strong connections for the Jewish community. What would you advise her?
3) Steve runs a non-profit that helps sick and elderly people in Chicago. Steve has a background in finance and insurance and has figured out a way to take advantage of a legal loophole in the insurance industry to raise considerable funds for his organization. It's not strictly illegal, but if the insurance company finds out, they will certainly do there best to stop it. Is he allowed to access this scheme for the greater good?
Question: Why does Judaism place such a value on following all of the rules?
Question: How could Abraham argue with G-d?
A transgression for the sake of Heaven is equivalent to a mitzva not for its own sake. The proof is as it is written: “Blessed above women shall Yael be, the wife of Hever the Kenite, above women in the tent she shall be blessed” (Judges 5:24), and it is taught: Who are these “women in the tent?” They are Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. Yael’s forbidden intercourse with Sisera for the sake of Heaven is compared to the sexual intercourse in which the Matriarchs engaged.
Question: When do you think it's OK to violate the letter for the law for the spirit of the law?
וְהִלְבִּישָׁן טַלִּיתוֹת שֶׁכֻּלָּן תְּכֵלֶת, בָּאוּ וְעָמְדוּ לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה, אָמְרוּ לוֹ טַלִּית שֶׁכֻּלָּהּ שֶׁל תְּכֵלֶת חַיֶּבֶת בְּצִיצִית אוֹ פְטוּרָה? אָמַר לָהֶם חַיֶּבֶת, הִתְחִילוּ לִשְׂחֹק עָלָיו, אֶפְשָׁר טַלִּית שֶׁל מִן אַחֵר חוּט אֶחָד שֶׁל תְּכֵלֶת פּוֹטְרָהּ, זוֹ שֶׁכֻּלָּהּ תְּכֵלֶת לֹא תִפְטֹר אֶת עַצְמָהּ? (תנחומא):
Korach said to Moses, “Is a garment that is entirely of blue subject to the law of Tzitzit or is it exempt”? He replied to them: “It is subject to that law”. Whereupon they began to jeer at him: “Is this possible? A robe of any different colored material, one thread of blue attached to it exempts it, and this that is entirely of purple should it not exempt itself?
Question: Korach has a good point, why did Moses disagree with him?