Rabbi Berel Wein

The vanishing American traditional Jew

The reason for the waning of the Conservative Movement., 11/1/2017, 10:34 PM

The angels that walk among us

Civilization is the story of human transformation. , 10/31/2017, 5:55 PM

The frist wandering Jew

It wasn't just a travel experience, it was a lesson for generations to come., 10/25/2017, 10:01 PM

After the holidays

There are no Jewish holidays until Hannukah. We hve to make do with memories of the holidays of the month of Tishrei, about to end., 10/17/2017, 1:15 PM

Sukkot: Finding a place for the soul

In a way, Sukkot is a natural continuation of Yom Kippur., 10/5/2017, 6:08 AM

The annulment of vows on Yom Kippur

Why are we so confident that Heaven will agree to this and truly wipe that slate clean for us? , 9/29/2017, 1:56 PM

Belgian chickens

We are invested in scandals, personal failures and rumors, and the great issues are ignored., 9/12/2017, 1:52 PM

What Moses said came true

Simply put, the vindication of the prophecy and words of Moshe themselves are one of the strongest pillars of faith upon which Judaism and the Jewish people rest., 9/7/2017, 9:47 AM

Lost causes

It is as though all of our battles have been won and there are really no new worlds left to discover and conquer.  , 9/3/2017, 9:45 AM

Ki Tetsei: Temptation

Usually we do not carry out the acts that tempt us simply because of lack of opportunity and not necessarily because of our piety., 9/1/2017, 10:06 AM

Seeing correctly

Only clear vision can lead to wise and correct choices., 8/20/2017, 12:55 AM

Re'eh: Sight and vision

The commandments that the Torah enjoins us to observe are a form of corrective lenses to aid us in seeing things clearly and accurately. , 8/16/2017, 6:45 AM

Eikev: Step carefully

What does Eikev represent?, 8/10/2017, 11:51 PM

Shabbat Va'etchanan - Nachamu: Hope brings consolation

The Jewish people always believe that there are better days ahead. , 8/4/2017, 4:47 PM

Fake religion

The attempt of the Moslem world to elevate their dispute with Israel into a matter of jihad and holy war has left the world vulnerable to fanaticism and unending violence. , 8/1/2017, 10:10 PM

Wandering Jews

Today's largest Jewish communities are different, but can still work together., 7/23/2017, 8:13 AM

Thoughts on the haredi anti-IDF rally in New York

The recycling of ideas that have been proven to be mistaken blocks the chance of accepting reality., 6/22/2017, 10:36 PM

Behaalotcha: The light of the Temple menorah

Torah from the Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanasi, Jerusalem, noted author and lecturer., 6/7/2017, 11:42 PM

Bamidbar: Counting means love

Things of value require counting and cataloging. That is human nature. , 5/26/2017, 9:51 AM

Focus or vision?

One sees only the trees, the other the forest., 5/11/2017, 2:08 PM

Jewish do-gooders: Naivete is worse than ignorance

Believing in the possibility of Utopia on earth when bombs are going off in marketplaces is worse than ignorance., 5/8/2017, 11:40 AM

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: We need the mitsvot

Judaism is in the details of observance., 5/5/2017, 11:17 AM

Tazria-Metsora: In Jewish life, less is more

Why and how tsoraat affects three categories of human life and society – the human body, clothing and houses. , 4/27/2017, 8:32 AM

Deviating from Torah law leads to consequences

The Talmud states that consuming non-kosher food stops up the hearts of otherwise good Jews., 4/20/2017, 9:53 PM

Parshat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol

Tthe connection between Tzav and Shabbat Hagaol explored and explained. , 4/7/2017, 3:44 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Accountability

Transparency and accountability in the parsha., 3/23/2017, 1:42 AM

Stuck in the middle

Real life dilemmas mirror Israel's situation all too well., 3/14/2017, 9:00 PM

Is he a little too Jewish? Is Israel?

There is no question as to David Friedman’s abilities or credentials. The problem with Friedman is that he is too openly Jewish for the Reform Movement., 2/28/2017, 4:41 PM

Damage control

The laws and consequences of human behavior., 2/22/2017, 9:39 PM

The real test of new Jewish movements

Open Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends. , 2/15/2017, 12:41 PM

The paradigm for Jewish survival

The entire story of the Jewish people descending into Egyptian slavery and then being extricated is essentially supernatural in detail. , 2/1/2017, 12:19 AM

Crises in Jewish history

Some crises are gradual and some sudden., 1/19/2017, 7:56 AM

Jacob lives on

Yaakov recognized the different personalities, qualities and talents of each of his children and grandchildren. , 1/11/2017, 7:03 AM

Our brother Joseph stands before us

It is hard to change one's mind when it means changing an entire mindset., 12/30/2016, 8:34 AM

College campuses

We are back to the days when Jewish students kept a low profile., 12/11/2016, 3:00 AM

Are parents responsible for how their kids turn out?

The story of the two brothers, Esau and Jacob, is a paradigm., 12/3/2016, 6:59 PM

Chayei Sarah: Mothers of Israel

They are stalwart, loyal and above all, cognizant of the need to create a future for the Jewish people., 11/24/2016, 8:52 AM

Unpopular leaders

Popularity is a very slippery way to judge the correctness of policies and the competence and temper of leaders who will be judged by history., 11/20/2016, 11:49 PM

God's seal is truth

The Talmud describes our world as being “a world of falseness.” , 11/17/2016, 11:54 PM

Looking at generations

Today many of us have the chance to look at several generations of our family in our lifetimes., 11/9/2016, 4:12 PM

Self worth

The Abraham figure as a model for the future., 10/29/2016, 8:12 PM

Sukkot perspectives

The only happiness that is lasting and meaningful is an inner happiness not caused by outside stimuli or fleeting factors. , 10/20/2016, 9:23 AM

Vayelech: The lodestone of Jewish life

Moses predicts what will happen., 10/7/2016, 2:07 AM

Haredi society in Israel is slowly changing

The slow change in values and lifestyle in that community has already begun. , 9/29/2016, 10:57 PM

Awesome warnings

Everything in its minutest detail did befall us., 9/23/2016, 9:31 AM

Seeing the future

The entire concept of reward and punishment is based on a concept that it is the future that counts most in life., 9/20/2016, 7:53 AM

The broadcaster

Baseball as a metaphor for life., 9/9/2016, 10:16 AM

Thinking correctly and clearly

Judaism is, in its essence, a clear and simple faith. This point is hammered home over and over again by Moses in his grand final oration to the Jewish people., 8/31/2016, 2:15 PM

History in Vaetchanan

We have a different story., 8/19/2016, 10:20 AM

Putin and Rio

The Olympics are tainted by money, politics and moral pressure., 8/17/2016, 7:41 PM

If King Zedekiah would have listened to Jeremiah...

The prophet was the realistic one., 8/14/2016, 10:29 AM

Looking for ourselves in Devarim

This is the book of perspective, of the long view of events., 8/13/2016, 9:27 PM

I don't know

The title is probably a sentence we all should be saying and hearing more often than we do., 8/1/2016, 11:31 PM

Matot (Israel): Conformity or unity?

Why have 12 tribes instead of one undivided nation?, 7/28/2016, 11:35 AM

Counting the Jews

We find it so much easier to memorialize the dead than to inspire and consecrate the living., 7/25/2016, 8:34 AM

Rabbinic responsiblity

How far does rabbinic responsibility go?, 7/20/2016, 8:24 AM

The book of bad behavior: Bamidbar

Moses' fate is decided in this reading., 7/7/2016, 10:47 PM