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Person in the Parsha: First Day of Passover

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

IMAGINE THAT!

There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis and teachers, who are young and relatively inexperienced. I find their ideas fresh and often very much on the mark. After...

Person in the Parsha: TSAV (Shabbat Hagadol)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE PRACTICAL MYSTIC

The world did not know that he was a mystic. He was an accomplished diplomat, who knew how to deal with people in positions of great power. Some characterized him as a shrewd, and even manipulative, manager of men. His name was Dag Hammarskjold, and he was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.

He died in an airplane crash...

Person in the Parsha: VAYIKRA (Shabbat Hachodesh)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE VICTORIOUS VICTIM

I always experience a sense of excitement when I begin a new book. I am convinced that most avid readers feel the same way. This Shabbat gives us an opportunity to experience that excitement as we begin a new book, the book of Leviticus, and Parshat Vayikra.

 The book, or chumash, of Leviticus has historically had...

Person in the Parsha: VAYIKRA

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE VICTORIOUS VICTIM

I always experience a sense of excitement when I begin a new book. I am convinced that most avid readers feel the same way. This Shabbat gives us an opportunity to experience that excitement as we begin a new book, the book of Leviticus, and Parshat Vayikra.

The book, or chumash, of Leviticus has historically had “mixed reviews.”...

Person in the Parsha: VAYAKEL-PEKUDEI

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

BLACK SABBATH

We were walking down the long airport corridor on the way to the boarding gate. Somehow, it seems that whenever my wife and I have a flight to catch, anywhere, our gate is always at the furthest end of the long hall. We had plenty of time until the airplane departed, but somehow I experience an urgent need to...

Person in the Parsha: KI TISA

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE MASKED MAN

As a person who likes to see the connections between the Jewish calendar of holiday celebrations and the weekly Torah reading, I have long been perplexed by the proximity of Purim to this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35).

We generally read Parshat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) soon after concluding the celebration of the holiday of Purim....

Person in the Parsha: TETZAVEH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE STIGMA OF FAME

People are motivated by many things. The search for pleasure is certainly one of the great motivators of human beings. So are the search for power and the search for riches. There are also those among us who seek to be liked by others, to the extent that the search for adulation is their primary motivation in...

Person in the Parsha: TERUMAH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

ONE OF THE ANGELS

My grandmother was one of the angels. Like every Jewish grandmother, she loved each and every one of her grandchildren. As her oldest grandchild, I believed that I was surely her favorite. But I eventually discovered that my siblings and cousins were all equally convinced that they were her favorites.

She had a way of making us each feel...

Person in the Parsha: MISHPATIM (Shabbat Shekalim)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

RESPONSIBILITY

I have to thank my dear parents, may they rest in peace, for many things. I must especially thank them for having chosen to provide me with a yeshiva day school education.

This was not an obvious choice back in the 1940’s, for few parents chose the day school option. Indeed, many of their friends advised...

Person in the Parsha: YITRO

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

THE MATERNAL INFLUENCE

When I was young I was an avid reader of novels. As I’ve grown older, I have found myself more interested in good biographies. I especially appreciate those biographies of great men that try to focus on what exactly made them great. Particularly, I try to discover the roles played by father and mother in the formation of these...