Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Pesach

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

IMAGINE THAT!

There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis...
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Off the Pulpit: Invisible Work

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

While traveling in Southeast Asia I learned that certain cultures refer to housework as “invisible work” because if it is done you cannot see it. Only if it is undone do you realize it is needed.

Entropy operates in our daily lives. Left alone, my house will get...
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Person in the Parsha: Metzora

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

MISERLY MANNER

I no longer remember the name of my ninth-grade teacher of English literature. But I do remember well one of his important lessons. He taught us that there are many great works of literature that are misunderstood. These are...
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Off the Pulpit: Is that clear?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Every intellectual or academic discipline has its apostles of obscurity. There are novels which cannot be read without a teacher or a guidebook. Much modern poetry defeats the most resolute attempt to unravel its enigmas. And even when pundits try to make things clear, we often...
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Off the Pulpit: Who is God?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When you were two years old could you imagine what it was to be an adult? Not only could you not imagine it, but you didn’t understand what it was that you could not imagine. In the Jewish tradition, the distance between Divine and human...
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Person in the Parsha: Tazria

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

MY EARLIEST MEMORY

Have you ever been asked the question, “What is your earliest memory?”

I have been asked that question many times. There was a time, long ago, when I was a graduate student in psychology, when that question...
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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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Off the Pulpit: How old are you?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When the famed writer Isaac Bashevis Singer reached the age of sixty, he told his friend he knew he would live to 120. “How can you be so sure?” his friend asked. “Because” explained Singer, “when I went for my checkup my doctor told me I...
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Off the Pulpit: Purim message – No more masks!

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Purim is a holiday of masks. A mask doesn’t fully change you, but it obscures identity, distorting who you are. A mask permits you to assume a slightly different way of being in the world. The boy who dresses as Mordechai can act old and wise, but...
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Person in the Parsha: Tzav

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

INCREASING GRATITUDE

 

There are certain phrases or expressions that many of us find hard to say. “I love you” is one of them. Another such phrase is “thank you”.

Although these words are difficult for us to pronounce, they...
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