Commentaries

Person in the Parsha: MIKETZ (Shabbat Chanukah)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE

“There are two kinds of people.” I am sure that you all have heard one variation or another of that theme.

We seem to have a well-ingrained habit of dividing people into two categories. For example, we say that...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYEISHEV

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE ‘WISDOM’ OF THE EAST

There are jokes which are very funny on the surface, but which, upon reflection, can be quite painful and disturbing.

One of them, which was told frequently twenty years ago or more, concerns a matronly woman from the...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYISHLACH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

SEE YOU LATER

There is an expression that we often use when we say goodbye. Most of us pay no attention to what we are saying. I doubt that very many of those who use the expression really mean it.

I refer to...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYEITZEI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE THANKFUL JEW

He may or may not have been an anti-Semite, but he sure was an abrasive personality. He was my seat mate on an Amtrak train, returning to Baltimore from New York some years ago.

As I recall, it was at...
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Person in the Parsha: TOLDOT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

DISILLUSIONMENT

Disillusionment. I first learned about it on a park bench on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where I attended high school. I learned about it from three old gentlemen, each affected differently by disillusionment, and each with a different lesson to...
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Person in the Parsha: CHAYEI SARAH

By TZVI HERSH WEINREB

SPIRITUAL SLAVERY

I grew up, as I imagine most of you did, believing in the basic principles of democracy. My parents and grandparents deeply appreciated the freedoms that they experienced in the United States. My mother especially raised me to cherish the values of...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYEIRA

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE INN AND THE ORCHARD

I read the story quite some time ago. It was told by a young woman who boarded an airplane early one winter Friday morning. She was on her way to Chicago from New York to spend a weekend...
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Person in the Parsha: LECH LECHA

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE REUNION

I have always found this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27), especially inspiring and instructive. It is in this parsha that we are told the story of Abraham’s aliyah, of his journey to the Holy Land.

What amazes me,...
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Person in the Parsha: NOACH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

FILLING IN THE BLANKS

The Torah is replete with inspiring stories of its heroes. The lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and David, to name just a few, are narrated at great length and in vivid detail. Their noble acts and admirable accomplishments are...
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Person in the Parsha: BERESHIT

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

CREATION CONVERSATION

Anyone who has ever taught anything can confirm the adage of our Sages: “I have learned from all my teachers, but I have learned most from my pupils.”

It is especially true that one learns a great deal from his students...
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