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Commentaries

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 today, he has not been totally forgotten.

Interestingly, forgetting was one of the central themes of his many teachings.

His...

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 and seek inspiration from things external? Or does the creative artist look within, using introspection as a tool to uncover...

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 present state. Poets have acclaimed the superiority of progress; one of them, Robert Browning, put it this way: Progress, man’s...

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 passage of the years, I still vividly remember the evening in which he came to my office extremely distraught. He...

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 and children alike.

Most of the speakers were concerned with the pornographic content which pervades even seemingly innocuous websites. Even...

Person in the Parsha: SHOFTIM

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“We Are All Judges and Kings”

It is at this point in time that we all begin to realize that the summer is ending. There is something about mid-August that says, “The summer is waning.” School children begin to experience the anxieties that come with the anticipation of the return to school; vacationers hasten to relish the last of the “lazy, hazy days;”...

Person in the Parsha: RE’EH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Idealism and Reality”

It was another one of those park bench discussions. I hadn’t seen my old friend Eli for quite some time. We would run into each other every couple of years, not because we planned it, but because we lived in the same city.

We both loved to take long walks, and the frequency with which our paths crossed constantly amazed...

Person in the Parsha: EIKEV

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Discipline and Suffering”

As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one’s children.

Like in any genre, there are better books and worse books in...