1. When Shet (the third son of Adam & Eve) is born, his name is explained that he is the replacement for Hevel, whom Kayyin had killed. When a parent names a child after someone else (usually deceased, in the Ashkenazic tradition, or alive, in the Sefardic tradition) does it place an unfair burden on the child or is it a gift of a legacy?


  2. The end of the Chapter 5 offers a vague description of a situation of men taking "choice" women. The commentaries struggle with explaining the event, but most explanations involve people in positions of power, whether physical, social or financial, using that power to achieve their desires. Is is wrong for people who have influence to actually use it? For example, is there anything wrong with parents using their contacts to help secure a place for their children in the school of their choice, to get an interview with a particular firm, or to get an early appointment with a particular doctor? If a parent feels uncomfortable using their influence, and does not use his/her influence, is their behavior ethically correct or are they being delinquent in their responsibility as a parent?

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