- After the battle against Midian, Moshe divides the spoils of war, with half going to the soldiers and half going to the rest of the nation, who ostensibly provided support for the soldiers behind the front lines. In many countries, people with dangerous occupations receive bonuses for what is often called "battle pay." Should the level of danger faced in a job be rewarded with financial compensation? Does this suggest that a price can be placed on the value of a human life?
- The Torah spells out a series of circumstances in which one family member can cancel vows taken by another family member (father canceling daughter's vows, husband canceling wife's vows). Assuming that one person has the legal right to control another, under what conditions may it be appropriate or inappropriate to do so? What message about personal responsibility does the person being controlled get as a result of the control exercised?
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