Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Devarim

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE PATH TO ELOQUENCE

It is an experience common to all freshmen. One comes to a new campus, knows no one, and tries to orient himself by identifying the senior students who seem to have prestige. Then, he tries to...
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Off the Pulpit: Honoring ‘And’

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Can one combine Torah and secular study, religious devotion and participation in the world? In a letter written shortly before his death, Rabbi Shagar (Shimon Gershon Rosenberg) put it this way:

“It should be interpreted in the vein of Franz Rosenzweig, who described the ‘and’ as...
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Person in the Parsha: Matot-Masei

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

Every so often, I come across a sentence of another person’s writing which expresses one of my own thoughts in a language far superior to my own. Over the years, I have contemplated and written about...
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Off the Pulpit: Thunder Road

“From the crooked timber of humanity” said Immanuel Kant, “nothing straight can be made.” This famous shot of pessimism from one of history’s preeminent philosophers makes an interesting contrast with the rabbinic comment in the Talmud: “Thunder was created only to straighten the crookedness in a human heart (Ber. 59a).” 

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Person in the Parsha: Pinchas

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A LESSON LEARNED FROM THE SONS OF KORACH“

It was a decision I made long ago. I made it instinctively. It was not based upon any lesson that I had learned. After many years, I heard the lesson taught by...
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Person in the Parsha: Balak

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

ONLY WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR

“We only hear what we want to hear. We only see what we want to see.”

This statement about human nature, pessimistic though it may be, rings true to most of us. It helps explain all sorts...
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Person in the Parsha: Chukat

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“HAVE YOU SEEM MY GOD?”

There are many reasons why I love to walk the streets of Jerusalem. One of them is the opportunity to read the signs and posters that adorn the streets of the holy city. Many of the...
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Person in the Parsha: Korach

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“BETTER THEY LEARN FROM ME”

Conflict resolution is one of the most important tasks in human relations at every level. Open up any newspaper, and you will read of schoolchildren bullying each other, of married couples who are in bitter conflict, of...
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Person in the Parsha: Shelach

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB 

“CALEB AT THE CROSSROADS”

Imagine standing at a crossroads. We have all been there. We have all experienced moments in our life’s journey when we had to make a crucial choice and decide whether to proceed along one road or...
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Person in the Parsha: Beha’alotecha

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB 

“A CANDLE OF GOD IS THE SOUL OF MAN“

I no longer remember which Israeli artist colony I was visiting. Perhaps Jaffa. But I will never forget the crude, almost primitive paintings, which were on exhibit. They were all very...
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