Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: Chanukah

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINEB

A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT

There is so much to say about Chanukah. One hardly knows where to begin.

First of all, there is the history. It is recorded in the Talmud, but the historical details contained there are scant: a...
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Off the Pulpit: ‘NO’ In Thunder

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

When I speak to high school students, I tell them that the only word that gives you freedom is ‘no.’ The one who cannot say ‘no’ is a slave.

Both boys and girls (especially the latter) are socialized to believe they are responsible for the other...
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Person in the Parsha: Vayashev

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

When I recall the great teachers I was blessed with over the course of my lifetime, I realize that one thing comes to mind: they were a diverse group. This eclectic group included the gentle man who introduced me to the study of Chumash, Bible,...
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Off the Pulpit: More Polarized Than Ever?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

“Remember the days of old; consider the years of past generations. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will teach you.” (Deut. 32:7). We need the historical awareness the Torah recommends.

Are we really “more polarized than ever?” There was a...
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Person in the Parsha: Vayishlach

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A LION OR A BEAR?

A friend recently commented to me that nowadays, we are not only “multi-tasked,” but we also have “multi-problems.” When simultaneously beset by a number of problems, he continued, it becomes necessary to prioritize those problems and to...
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Off the Pulpit: Why did he do that?

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

I would like to speak in favor of the most endangered resource in our public lives: the assumption of good intentions.

Throughout my rabbinate I have found myself in disputes, sometimes as a moderator and sometimes as a party to the dispute. They have ranged from...
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Person in the Parsha: Vayishlach

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A LION OR A BEAR?

A friend recently commented to me that nowadays, we are not only “multi-tasked,” but we also have “multi-problems.” When simultaneously beset by a number of problems, he continued, it becomes necessary to prioritize those problems and to decide...
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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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