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 person.”

The...
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Off the Pulpit: The true wisdom

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

We often complain there is too little wisdom in the world. Actually there is too much. We have vast compendia of advice, sage writings from people who have endured much and thought deeply, legacies from civilizations worldwide that have sustained generations.

The problem is that even...
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Person in the Parsha: Bamidbar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB 

THE WILDERNESS FIRST

My first exposure to the study of the Bible was in the Yiddish language. We spoke only English at home, but almost all the teachers we had in the yeshiva I attended were Holocaust survivors who had escaped...
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Off the Pulpit: The Brain, Buber and Being

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

A decade ago neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist wrote a fascinating book, “The Master and the Emissary.” His thesis is that the different hemispheres of our asymmetric and divided brains perceive reality differently, and that increasingly over history, the left – detail oriented, more narrowly focused – has...
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Person in the Parsha: Bechukotai

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE WALKING TOUR”

I am the type of person who has always believed that the only way to learn about something important is to buy a book about it. For example, it has been my good fortune to have traveled widely in...
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Off the Pulpit: Not Good Enough?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Torah heroes generally shrink from leadership. Moses pleads with God to send someone else. Isaiah fears that he has ‘unclean lips.’ Jeremiah must be forced by God to be a prophet. In an almost satiric version, Samuel three times thinks God’s voice is really the voice...
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Person in the Parsha: Behar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE“

It is a lesson I first learned in a course I took on the skills of interviewing long ago. The instructor taught us that the way to really size up a candidate for a job...
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Person in the Parsha: Behar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB 

“THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE“

It is a lesson I first learned in a course I took on the skills of interviewing long ago. The instructor taught us that the way to really size up a candidate for a job is to...
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Off the Pulpit: What is holiness?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

The Hebrew word for holiness is kadosh, which also means separate. In some sense the realm of the holy is the realm set apart – the Sabbath that is kadosh from the week, or the couple bound in kiddushin, the rites of marriage, sharing a unique...
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Person in the Parsha: Emor

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

A LIFE OR SANCTIFICATION

The conditions under which we live are many and varied. Some of us live in very comfortable, even idyllic, surroundings. Others struggle with diverse hardships, including poverty, disease, and the conditions of war. Our people have known unspeakably...
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