Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Shavuot

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A MESSAGE FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM

All beginning students of Torah face this obstacle: in their original, the primary texts of our Jewish tradition have no punctuation. There are neither commas nor periods in the Torah scroll, the Sefer Torah. There are...
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Off the Pulpit: Saved by voices

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

A man complained to his psychiatrist that he talked to himself and was told that it is commonplace, nothing to worry about. But, said the man, you have no idea Doctor, what a nudnick I am.

The more time we spend alone the more likely we are...
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Person in the Parsha: Bamidbar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

TRANSITIONS AND DESTINATIONS” 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about transitions and destinations. Perhaps this is because of my childhood memories. Back then, at precisely this time of year, my friends and I relished the approach of the end of the school year...
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Off the Pulpit: Jewish doctors!

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

In the 12th century the great sage Maimonides wrote, “One who is ill has not only the right but the obligation to seek medical aid.” Jews have long been over-represented in the medical field. To take one statistic quoted by Sherwin Nuland (a Jewish doctor) in...
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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 grant were...
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Off the Pulpit: The most important word

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

“The Lord is my shepherd…” Few passages in the Bible are more familiar than the 23rd Psalm. It is recited at funerals, at the bedside of the sick and in times of consolation. Its brevity and majesty make it among the most loved poems of all...
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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 chaos of the opening...
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Off the Pulpit: Empty Seats

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

I have a book called “Synagogues Without Jews.” It contains photographs of synagogues, many of them beautiful, where the Jewish community no longer exists. All that remains is the empty sanctuary. It bears mute, eloquent testimony to the destruction of Jewish communities across the globe.

In...
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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 rest in peace. They bought...
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Off the Pulpit: Freedom first

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Passover is done, but may I bring one more word about matzah?

Rabbi Simcha Bunim, a great chasidic master, once pointed out the strange sequence in the seder. Matzah represents freedom and the bitter herbs slavery. The seder begins with the Israelites enslaved. Why then do...
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