Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Vayetzeh

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

TEARS

Many years ago, when I was studying for my doctorate in psychology, we had a number of fairly strict requirements in addition to our courses in psychology. For example, we were expected to possess a reading knowledge of two foreign languages, and...
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Off the Pulpit: The Quiet Patriarch

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

We know less about Isaac than any of the other patriarchs. In the major events of his life he is acted upon – being bound for the Akedah and having Jacob steal the birthright by fooling Isaac in old age.

But we are also told that he...
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Person in the Parsha: Toldot

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“ASK A BUSY PERSON”

I’m fairly certain that you have heard this saying before: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” It is a popular saying and is attributed to all sorts of “wise people,” ranging...
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Off the Pulpit: A lesson on this week’s loss

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

This was a week of losses. The horrible shooting in Pittsburgh preoccupies all of us, and the question of how to respond. Yet another loss we suffered this week points the way.

In our community, we lost Max Webb at the age of 101. Max survived...
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Off the Pulpit: Eat Quietly???

Recently in Japan I had lunch at a Zen Temple (the all-vegetarian cuisine was outstanding). My friends and I were seated next to one another. One of the adepts explained that we were not across from each other to discourage conversation. People were supposed to concentrate wordlessly on their food.

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Person in the Parsha: Chayei Sarah

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

MOURNING SARAH

Grief is the most powerful and most painful of human emotions. Yet, it is an emotion which few human beings can avoid in their lifetime. We all face loss, and we all grieve.

Interestingly, the first death of which...
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Person in the Parsha: Vayera

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

Every practical person who is about to open a retail store, and everyone in the market for a new home, knows how important it is to find the proper location for the new venture. The retail entrepreneur knows that his new business must...
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Off the Pulpit: The Art of Rivalry

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

In his book “The Art of Rivalry,” Sebastian Smee writes about the often bitter rivalries that existed between the great artists of the twentieth century. Matisse and Picasso, Manet and Degas, Pollock and De Kooning, and Freud and Bacon were sometimes friends, sometimes enemies and always in...
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Person in the Parsha: Lech Lecha

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A CHECKLIST FOR HEROES

Having a hero is part of natural human development. In childhood, these heroes are often movie stars and athletes. For evidence, just look at the posters on the bedrooms walls of today’s average teenager.

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Off the Pulpit: Restoration

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Yes, Succot is over, but Rabbi David Bashevkin drew my attention to a beautiful comment that you can remember until next year!

During the grace after meals on Succot we recoite the blessing asking God to rebuild the “fallen Succah of David.” The blessing comes from...
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