The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.
Chapter 26 of Leviticus describes the magnificent rewards that await us if we study and observe the Torah (and the terrible punishments if we don't). But why are the rewards mostly physical rather than spiritual?
There are some many right wing Christians inveighing against homosexuality that it's sometimes easy as a Jew to feel superior, or at least comforted. My people don't get that crazy. Then a rabbi like Noson Leiter makes a shameful claim.
Every child, every person, is indeed special -- in fact, utterly unique. But this is not an assertion of entitlement or privilege. It is an affirmation of radical responsibility and redemptive possibility.
Pharaoh dreams. He stands by the Nile and watches seven fat, beautiful cows pasture together. Moments later, seven gaunt, ugly cows approach the others. They stare at each other. The skinny cows devour the fat cows. Pharaoh wakes up.
The Torah does not often express the terror human beings feel in the face of death as directly as it does in this week's portion. Nor does the Torah often advise so explicitly how best to cope with death.