We examine the relative values of human dignity, property values and the sacred atmosphere of Shabbat and Yom Tov. When such values come into conflict, which must make way before the other? The Talmud relates a story of an idealistic student and a pragmatic teacher. Who is right?
David Greenstein serves as rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, NJ. David is the author of Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar (Stanford University Press, 2014). He is looking forward to teaching again this summer (2015) at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at Neve Schchter in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv.