Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: VAYIKRA

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE VICTORIOUS VICTM”

I always experience a sense of excitement when I begin a new book. I am convinced that most avid readers feel the same way. This Shabbat gives us an opportunity to experience that excitement as we begin...
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Off the Pulpit: Trash Heap and Treasure

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When I ran a library I often had the experience of pulling a book from the shelf, out of idle curiosity, only to discover that no one had looked at that book for many years. Sometimes, as I began to leaf through it I discovered treasures....
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Person in the Parsha: VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE LEADER, A PARTNER“

Would you ever consider Rembrandt a leader? How about Mozart, or Frank Lloyd Wright?

Each of them was certainly a leader in his own field, but none of them was an individual who had a public following, or...
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Person in the Parsha: Ki Tisa (Shabbat Parshat Parah)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE HINDU PRINCESS AND THE GOLDEN CALF

She was a Hindu princess. She was one of the brightest students in my graduate school class. We studied psychology, and she went on to return to her country and become a psychotherapist of world renown....
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Off the Pulpit: Five minutes longer

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

In years of watching people accomplish remarkable things, I have seen affirmed what my father told me when I was a child – the secret of success is stamina.

It is wonderful to have gifts, but I have known extravagantly gifted people who cannot lift their...
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Person in the Parsha: TEZAVEH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE LEADER’S CLOTHING

Nowadays, all leaders look the same. Their typical garb is a dark business suit, a white or pale blue shirt, and a tie with a dash of color. They dress no differently from any other successful entrepreneur or professional. They...
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Off the Pulpit: What You Have – Who You Are

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

It is common to take pride in possessions, but perhaps that is why the Jewish people started out with nothing, as slaves. For the essence of Judaism is not possession but action. We are taught to take pride not in what we have but who we...
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Off the Pulpit: Tell me a story

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights tells stories that keep her alive. So long as the king is enchanted by what comes next, night after night, he will ensure her safety.

When contemplating the astonishing survival of the Jewish people I sometimes think of Scheherazade....
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Person in the Parsha: MISHPATIM

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

REFLECTIONS ON EMPATHY

My long-standing interest in the concept of “empathy” has two sources. Early in my postgraduate training, I became familiar with the important role that empathy plays in successful psychotherapy. As the eminent psychotherapist Carl Rogers wrote, “Empathy is the accurate...
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Off the Pulpit: Older and Wiser?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When I was young I made an astonishing discovery about Jewish daily prayer. Each morning service had a confessional. I remember wondering, do we really sin each day?

When I paid attention to my own conduct and that of my classmates, I realized the prescience of...
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