Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Shemini

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“AND AARON WAS SILENT“

He was an old man, and in many ways came from a very different world than I. And yet he taught me more than anyone else ever did. One of the things he taught me was that...
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Off the Pulpit: How old are you?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When the famed writer Isaac Bashevis Singer reached the age of sixty, he told his friend he knew he would live to 120. “How can you be so sure?” his friend asked. “Because” explained Singer, “when I went for my checkup my doctor told me I...
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Off the Pulpit: Purim message – No more masks!

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Purim is a holiday of masks. A mask doesn’t fully change you, but it obscures identity, distorting who you are. A mask permits you to assume a slightly different way of being in the world. The boy who dresses as Mordechai can act old and wise, but...
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Person in the Parsha: Tzav

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

INCREASING GRATITUDE

 

There are certain phrases or expressions that many of us find hard to say. “I love you” is one of them. Another such phrase is “thank you”.

Although these words are difficult for us to pronounce, they...
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Off the Pulpit: An Ancient Right To Privacy

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

In an internet age, there is a great deal of discussion about the right to privacy.

The Torah already contains a provision for privacy – a creditor may not enter a debtor’s home even to fetch what is due to him (Deut. 24:10-11). The prohibition on entering...
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Off the Pulpit: A Sage on Freedom of Speech

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

One of the characteristics of great sages is that they rise above their times and express truths despite the prevailing climate of opposing opinion. The following was written in the 16th century:

“Even if his words are spoken and directed against faith and religion, do not...
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Person in the Parsha: Zachor

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

AN ENEMY ON MANY FRONTS

Three very different individuals inspired me to write this week’s column. One was a newspaper editor who “dared” to censor a sentence in one of my submissions. The other was a very wise sage whose pre-Purim lecture I...
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Person in the Parsha: Pekudei

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“THE WAY OF THE WORLD“

Many people have a misconception about Judaism that impedes their ability to take our religion seriously and to commit to living the Jewish way of life. Let me tell you about one such person and about...
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Off the Pulpit: The Greatest Beauty

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

There is a poignant story of Reb Aryeh Levin, a saintly and renowned Rabbi of Jerusalem who passed away in 1969. Once before the holiday of Succot, when people were busily seeking the perfect etrog (the fruit used for the Succot celebration) Reb Aryeh was seen...
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Person in the Parsha: Vayakhel

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“CULTURE, COUNTER-CULTURE AND CREATIVITY“

It was quite a few years ago that I spent almost every Sunday afternoon in one of the great museums of the city in which my family then lived. I no longer remember what first stimulated my...
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