Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Naso

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“UNIFORMITY AND UNIQUENESS”

One of the interesting paradoxes of human life is our tendency to copy one another and to try to “fit in” with friends and acquaintances, while simultaneously trying to be distinct from others, and to be our “own...
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Say Little, Do Much: Weddings

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

This Shabbat, as we read in Parshat Bemidbar of the People Israel’s tribal princes, much of the world’s attention will be riveted to the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. The royal couple’s wedding day is also Erev Shavuot.

As...
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Person in the Parsha: Bamidbar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“YOU TOO CAN BE A LEVITE”

The world is indeed a stage, and we all play many roles in our lives. Some of these roles are assigned to us, leaving us with little choice but to fill them. Other roles, however,...
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Say Little, Do Much: Jerusalem

 By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

The Rabbis (Sanhedrin 37A) describe Jerusalem as tiburo shel olam — “the navel, the belly-button of the world!” Let’s contemplate this curious metaphor. The ancients not implausibly considered the Land of Israel (Jerusalem at its heart) as the center of the known world: the crossroads...
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Say Little, Do Much: Powerlessness

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

I recently attended a “Friends of Scouting” dinner keynoted by astronaut Mark Kelly. He encouraged and inspired young Scouts and their leaders, speaking of his youth, his military service, and his storied career.

He discussed the assassination attempt in which his wife, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords,...
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Person in the Parsha: Behar-Bechukotai

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE WORK-STUDY PROGRAM”

It is quite a long time now since I first heard the term “work-study program.” This was a special federal program designed to assist young adults with limited financial means to achieve a professional education. Recipients of this...
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Person in the Parsha: Emor

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE UNBURIED CORPSE”

Dead. Unburied. Abandoned. Forgotten.

What can be a worse fate?

I once read a very moving novel about the events immediately preceding World War I and the fate of those who were caught up in the...
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Say Little Do Much: “Hear!”

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

“Shema Yisrael!” The Shema is the most famous and central prayer of Jewish tradition. We teach this verse to our children as soon as they are able to speak, and we strive to make these prayerful sentiments our final words on Earth.

“Yet,” Solomon Schechter...
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Person in the Parsha: Achrei Mot – Kedoshim

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“HOLINESS: A DEFINITION”

He never returned phone calls. He certainly never returned e-mails. He rarely smiled.

He had very sophisticated tastes in wine and fine liquor. A seven-course gourmet dinner with a wine pairing at each course was almost an...
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Say Little, Do Much: Seventy

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Ben Shiv’im L’Seivah, says Pirkei Avot (5:21) – “The age of seventy brings fullness of years.” What an historic privilege it has been to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the founding of a free and independent, democratic and Jewish State of Israel!

Yet age is...
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