Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Yom Yerushalayim

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“ZION AND JERUSALEM“

Historians have long distinguished between two types of great leaders. On the one hand, there are those who are gifted with mighty talents and unusually powerful personalities. But they are essentially inward people who are not particularly...
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Person in the Parsha: EMOR

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“A LIFE OF SANCTIFICATION“

The conditions under which we live are many and varied. Some of us live in very comfortable, even idyllic, surroundings. Others struggle with diverse hardships, including poverty, disease, and the conditions of war. Our people have known...
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Off the Pulpit: When the Light Goes Out

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

In the past week very heavy winds struck Los Angeles, and in our chapel a window broke and the Ner Tamid came crashing down. Ner Tamid is usually translated as “eternal light” and it is supposed to be perpetually lit as inspired by the menorah in...
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Off the Pulpit: Special Edition for Shabbat

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Many tales are told of chasidic wonder workers who could magically see events far away. Today of course technology enables what was once a miracle.

The merit of the rabbis was that seeing far did not preclude seeing close. When we are so fixated at the...
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Off the Pulpit: Why Should Secular Jews Give to Jewish Causes?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Recently I was asked what I would say to a secular Jew who wondered why he should donate to Jewish causes. This was my answer:

If you travel throughout the United States, indeed throughout the world, you will see that Jews have given vast sums to...
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Person in the Parsha: ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“IT’S ALL COMMENTARY”

I am proud of my large library of Jewish books.

My collection, which my wife half-jokingly refers to as my addiction, began on my 11th birthday with a gift from my maternal grandparents, may they...
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Person in the Parsha: Tazria-Metzora

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINBEB

“GOING AT IT ALONE“

“No man is an island.” “It takes a village.” These are just some of the clichés that are used to convey the importance of social groups, of the realization that people cannot “go at it alone.”

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Off the Pulpit: 3 Extraordinary Lives: Kirk Douglas, Abe Zarem, & Max Webb

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

The rabbis teach that Abraham was the first who had the merit of looking old. Notice the word — “merit.” It was considered, by our tradition, a good thing; it meant you had lived and learned. We compliment people by saying, “You look so young!” Accomplishment...
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Off the Pulpit: Becoming Who You Are

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Many Hasidic passages teach that true worship of God comes from inside oneself. Rabbi Bunim commenting on a passage in the Talmud, said that if one wishes to be stringent solely because his father was stringent, he is not allowed to do so. Authenticity and not...
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Person in the Parsha: SHEMINI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

AND AARON WAS SILENT

He was an old man, and in many ways came from a very different world than I. And yet he taught me more than anyone else ever did. One of the things he taught me was that...
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