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Love - The Preface

"All ya need is love bum tam bum bum, all ya need is love, love is all ya need." [The Beatles]

Well, you also need at least bread and water. Also a nose. Very hard to function without a nose. A digestive tract. Really need a digestive tract. I personally would find it difficult to manage without one. [By the way, did you know that it is 30 feet long!! I am only about five ten and somehow the Good Lord has manufactured within me a tube much longer than any room in my apartment. My wife and 4 children also have one {Baruch Hashem}, so that is 180 feet of "tract". Yet, we all fit comfortably into my small living room.] So love isn't ALL we need.

But they had a point, those Beatles. Love is crucial. Everybody is looking to love and to be loved. So in the coming future I will b├ęzras Hashem devote a number of posts to this crucial topic. Stay tuned.

So thank you John, Paul, Ringo and .... and.... Goodness gracious, who was the fourth Beatle? Well, I often lament the fact that I forget Torah, so at least I can be comforted in the knowledge that I forget irrelevant things as well.

P.S. Quick trivia: Who was the Beatle who lived across the street from me and was assassinated on December 8, 1980? [Did I give it away?]

Speaking of "love", is torture allowed in halacha if it will save lives?

What type of torture?

the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information (in order to save millions of lives).

Punishment requires many different conditions many of which can no longer be met in our day and age.

Revenge? Practically speaking - no.

Confession? Arab terrorist who knows about a planned attack - ifthere is no other means to extract the info then I think that there is room for extreme measures.

Have a great week!!

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