1. In the Torah's laws of inheritance, property is passed primarily from father to son, and women only receive inheritance in the absence of male heirs. Is the situation an ideal or merely a default system designed to keep the family homestead within the family? Is it appropriate to use various methods today to circumvent the framework laid out in the Torah?

  2. Moshe asks God to appoint a successor, and identifies some basic criteria he thinks would be necessary for the choice. What Moshe does not do is automatically assume that his sons would take over his position, as was the case with Moshe's brother Aharon. Would he have had the right to hand over the reigns to his sons? Should leaders, whether political, religious or business, have a say in who takes over their position? Which takes precedence - commitment to family or commitment to community?

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