Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: BALAK

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

BALAAM AND DOESTOEVSKY

Frustration. Disillusionment. But also insight and a lifelong intellectual perspective. That is how I would describe the experience I am about to share with you, dear reader.

It all started with Dostoevsky. That’s right, Fyodor Dostoevsky, the famous...
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Person in the Parsha: CHUKAT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE MANY SONGS OF LEADERSHIP

Everyone has his or her own voice. Some express it loudly and clearly; some just mumble or whisper. There are those who let their voices be heard only in their professional lives and are silent and...
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Person in the Parha: KORACH (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE SECRET OF REMAINING CORRECT

Very often, we think that if a person is especially spiritual, he cannot possibly be very practical. It is as if religious devotion and good common sense just don’t go together.

My own experience has taught me that,...
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Person in the Parsha: SHELACH

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

OF GRASSHOPPERS AND JEWISH PRIDE

Just as there were six million victims, so were there at least six million stories. One of those stories seems to have occurred many times, because I’ve heard it told by quite a few survivors. It is the story...
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Person in the Parsha: BEHA’ALOTECHA

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

HUMBLE, NOT WEAK

I don’t usually disagree publicly with lecturers, particularly when they are expressing opinions which are mostly consistent with my own. But there was one time when I felt that I had to speak up and object to one of...
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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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Person in the Parsha: BEMIDBAR (SHAVUOT)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

FLOURISHING IN THE DESERT

I trace back my love of poetry to Mr. Perle. He taught freshman English in the high school I attended. I remember him as diminutive in stature, but not at all diminutive in his ability to inspire reluctant students...
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Person in the Parsha: BECHAR-BECHUKOTAI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE PROCESS OF SIN

It is a word that one hears frequently these days, in many contexts. The word is “process.” It is a word that reflects our growing recognition that there are very few things in this world that occur in an...
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Person in the Parsha: EMOR

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“LIKE ALL OTHER BOYS”

The custom is fairly prevalent nowadays, but it was not a common practice thirty years ago when my friend raised his sons. He would seek out especially pious rabbis, generally quite elderly ones, to request that they bless his...
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Person in the Parsha: ACHAREI 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 everyday occurrence for...
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