Justice And The College Admissions Scandal

While for some, the college admission scandal that made headlines early last week feels like old news, it’s still something that I’ve been thinking a lot about. I’d intended to share my thoughts on the scandal last Friday, but the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand and the missiles falling in Tel Aviv pushed the scandal aside. The violence that rocked the world last week served as a modern-day reminder that Haman – whose name was blotted out by groggers in our sanctuary as we read the Megillah during this week’s Purim celebration – is still very much alive. In the Torah, we’re taught: Justice, justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20) As my family prepares to take our first trip to visit colleges for my daughter next week, the actions of those who have cheated, lied and bought their children spots at some of our top universities troubles me deeply.…