1. Much emphasis is placed on the convert and his inclusion in the daily lives of the people, including both the 'regular' aspects of life as well as the spiritual elements. For example, much emphasis is placed on ensuring that the convert participate in the Paschal sacrifice. Giving special treatment to a specific group of people, however, singles them out as still being "others". How can we ensure that the strangers are protected while helping to integrate them, so that their "otherness" disappears? How long does it or should it take for someone's "otherness" to disappear?

  2. When Moshe's leadership is apparently challenged by Eldad and Meidad, albeit indirectly, Yehoshua rushes to defend the honor of his Master. Moshe, however, has no interest in being defended. We sometimes act in what we consider to be the best interests of another, even though the one on whose behalf we are acting is not interested in our intervention. Under what conditions should we persist in acting on their behalf? (Parents, for example, who refuse to let their children run across a crowded intersection.) At what point do we cross the line between acting on their behalf and acting to serve our own self-interest, even if only to mollify our conscience?

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