Men's Club : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Men's Clube President Marvin Mandel

Torah Ethics For Modern Times

The well-attended June Men’s Club breakfast was an eye-opener, and I am not referring to the strong coffee. Rabbi Dennis presented an informative and thought provoking program about the ethics of war and occupation in Israel.

The program began with Hevruta-style text learning in two’s and three’s of Biblical and Rabbinic texts relating to self-defense and when and under what conditions or circumstances the taking of human life may be justified in the eyes of God.

Rabbi Dennis presented a video interview on Modern Israel War & Occupation with Rabbi Donniel Harman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute interviewing Prof. Moshe Halbertal, the co-author of the Israel Defense Forces code of ethics.

As the parent of children currently or previously serving in the IDF, Rabbi Hartman shared the advice he gave his kids, when in doubt, shoot – come home alive. Prof. Halbertal pointed out that is a very real feeling of every parent of every soldier; yet society cannot operate on the emotions of parents. A professional army needs standards that can be relied upon by fathers and mothers that their children will not be used by leaders and officers to make a statement or exact revenge, rather defending the country from harm in a way that exposes soldiers to danger only when justified.

Men’s Club breakfasts begin at 10:00 AM in our social hall. They provide a magnificent opportunity to be entertained, mingle with your friends, meet new people, and have a tasty meal that for the month of August will be prepared by our Sisterhood with a NEW menu of croissants, muffins, yogurt with various toppings, coffee and tea. Sisterhood and Men’s Club will alternate months in preparing breakfast. All this is yours for $5. Of course, women are cordially invited to attend. We hope to see you and invite you to bring a friend or two.

Arnold Miller for Marvin Mandel, President