Commentaries

Spiritual Audacity (NOACH)

By RABBI DAVID POLSKY, Congregation Anshe S’Fard

We would expect the person chosen by God to rebuild humanity would be incredibly righteous. Indeed, the Torah itself states at the beginning of this week’s portion that Noah was the most righteous man of his generation (Genesis 6:9). Yet, the medieval biblical...
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Person in the Parsha: NOACH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“As He, or She, Could Be”

The three women in the class unanimously favored one point of view. The six men were evenly split, three agreeing with the women and three disagreeing vehemently. Last week, I introduced readers of this column to another...
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‘Doing Things with Words’ (BERESHIT)

By RABBI DAVID POLSKY, Congregation Anshe S’Fard

“And God said, “Let there be light! And there was light” (Genesis 1:3) This bold and beautiful turn of phrase by the King James Bible enables it to express the power and majesty of God’s creation of light. Lost amidst the poetry is...
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Person in the Parsha: BERESHIT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Time Management”

This happens all the time. You meet someone new, either being introduced to him by someone else, or taking the initiative yourself by saying, “Hi, my name is Tzvi Hersh. What is yours?”

After you exchange names with your new acquaintance,...
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Person in the Parsha: VEZOT HABERACHAH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“More Than Just a Man”

I have been an avid reader of books about the psychology of religion since I was an adolescent. I remember going to the local public library and systematically taking out every book on the shelves that related to...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYELECH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Forgiven, But Not Forgotten”

He was one of the greatest Talmud scholars of the last century, but outside of a small circle of disciples, he was never well-known. He was a tragic figure in many ways, and although few have heard of him...
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Person in the Parsha – HA’AZINU

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Repression of the Sublime”

How does the poet get started on the process of writing a poem, or the songwriter as he sets about composing a song? Does he or she look at the environment, at what is going on in the world...
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Person in the Parsha: NITZAVIM

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“This Season’s Leitmotif: Return!”

We have all been brought up to believe in the importance of progress. For the past several centuries, the goal of philosophy, religion, culture, and certainly science has been to develop ideas and practices which advance humankind beyond its...
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Person in the Parsha: KI TAVO

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Didn’t You See Them?”

It is a question which I learned never to ask. I first learned this lesson in my training as a psychotherapist, long ago. I was seeing a gentleman for a number of problems, including his marital difficulties. Despite the...
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Person in the Parsha: KI TETZE

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Character Assassination”

We have been hearing a lot lately about the dangers of the Internet. Not long ago, thousands of Orthodox Jews gathered in a large sports stadium to publicize the negative consequences that exposure to the Internet has in store for adults...
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