Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: SHOFTIM

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

ANARCHY OR UTOPIA?”

Who would you consult if you wanted to know a thing or two about the perfect society? Would you ask a politician? A professor of government? A philosopher expert in theories of utopia? Or perhaps a historian familiar with successful...
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Person in the Parsha: RE’EH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

ALL THAT GLITTERS

It is difficult to tell you much about my high school friend without disclosing his identity. He is now world-famous, having become a major figure in the field of high finance. So, in the interests of protecting his privacy, I...
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Person in the Parsha: EIKEV

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

DISCIPLINE AND SUFFERING

As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books...
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Person in the Parsha: SHABBAT VA’ETCHANAN (Shabbat Nachamu)

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

RELIGION IS GOOD FOR YOU

“Religion is good for you.” “A religious person is a mentally healthy person.” Statements such as these could not have been made when I was a graduate student in psychology back in the 1960s. Quite the contrary. The prevalent...
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Person in the Parsha: DEVARIM (Shabbat Chazon)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

WORDS, MERE WORDS

I have kept my time-worn copy of Roget’s Thesaurus in my personal library since I was in the seventh grade. It was given to me by my teacher, a Mr. Zeller, who introduced me to the beauty of language and...
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Person in the Parsha: MATOT-MASEI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

Every so often, I come across a sentence of another person’s writing which expresses one of my own thoughts in a language far superior to my own. Over the years, I have contemplated and written about the concepts of “honesty”...
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Person in the Parsha: PINCHAS

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

ZEALOTRY AND TOLERANCE

Jewish people teach Jewish values to their children, and to all who wish to be informed about their faith. If one is asked “Should I or should I not?” we generally respond with clear and certain advice: “Yes, you should”,...
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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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