Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: ZACHOR (Erev Purim 5773)

By  RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN”

Whenever I think of people I knew who dressed impeccably, I recall three of my favorite people. One was my maternal grandfather, a businessman who was firmly dedicated to religious observance, but who chose his clothing carefully...
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Person in the Parsha: TERUMAH

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“CHARITY”

Scholars have long disagreed about what distinguishes human beings from the rest of the animal world. Some have argued that it is man’s intelligence and use of language that distinguishes him; hence the term Homo Sapiens. Others have maintained that it is the...
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Person in the Parsha: MISHPATIM (Shabbat Shekalim)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“RESPONSIBILITY”

I have to thank my dear parents, may they rest in peace, for many things. I must especially thank them for having chosen to provide me with a yeshiva day school education.

This was not an obvious choice back in...
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Person in the Parsha: YITRO

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“REDEMPTION”

She was the daughter of Holocaust survivors, but she was not Jewish. Her parents were Polish citizens who, heroically, and at the risk of their own lives, rescued Jews from certaindeath. Her parents are no longer alive, but their memories are enshrined...
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Person in the Parsha: BESHALACH (Tu B’Shevat) (Shabbat Shira)

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“PREACHING TO THE CHOIR”

Did you ever sing in a choir? If you did, you will easily be able to appreciate what I am about to describe. I well remember singing in a choir, and I recall three different scenarios which occurred in my choir...
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Person in the Parsha: BO

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE ESSENCE OF JUDAISM”

I have been asked questions about my Jewish faith since I was a very young boy. Back then, it was the tow-headed children of the Irish family in whose large summer home we spent our summers who pestered...
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Person in the Parsha: VA’EIRA

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“STAGES”

Over the course of the past several years, we have had some marvelous opportunities to visit places where I had once lived. My wife and I had moved away from some of these communities ten or twenty years ago, and in...
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Person in the Parsha: SHEMOT

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

Can you sleep at night? There is so much trouble in the world. Violence, wars large and small, natural disasters, disease. We all personally know many who are suffering at this very moment. Some are friends and acquaintances living in plain sight....
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Person in the Parsha: VAYECHI

WE ARE ALL LEADERS

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

It was the last session of the course in which I was utilizing the book of Genesis as a text for the study of leadership. Since it was the final session, I decided that I would structure...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYIGASH

Tears

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

It was Carol who initiated the most fascinating interchange that evening. It was the 11th session of our class, dedicated to studying the topic of leadership by examining the text of the book of Genesis. It was also the next...
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