Rabbi Berel Wein

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

Difficult decisions for the courts and the Knesset

Israel's front page issues are all about the difficulty of decision and the limitations of compromise and plea bargains. , 12/8/2016, 2:02 PM

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

Rebuilding the world on lovingkindness

Giving in to the weaknesses of human nature that surround us and that we are constantly made aware of by the media and other story mongers, is a sign of human foolishness and not wisdom. , 11/2/2016, 3:27 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

Haazinu: A poem with stanzas

The poem that has guided the Jewish people., 10/14/2016, 2:29 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

To know where to go,look at where you started from

Look for wrong turns and poor choices that Jewish history makes plain., 8/8/2016, 2:44 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

Korach (Israel): Moses cannot be judged by ordinary standards

We find it difficult to deal with people who are our peers and whom we feel we can understand and even judge., 6/30/2016, 10:00 AM

Irrational, but there it is

What was the driving force that made the Jewish people resist their entry into the Holy Land?, 6/26/2016, 8:50 AM

Cause and effect

What is striking to me about the current Conservative mantra is that apparently nowhere does God appear to be in the picture..., 6/22/2016, 9:42 PM

Behaalotcha (Israel): What brought on the rebelliions?

Wise men should be careful with their words and actions. , 6/16/2016, 11:38 AM

Amalek, then and now

Amalek cannot be wished away, it is resurrected in every generation., 3/20/2016, 5:52 AM

Haazinu - Listen!

Can you still hear the echo of the shofar at Mount Sinai?, 9/25/2015, 8:55 AM

Selichot the Traditional Way

The traditional selichot prayers, whether Ashkenazi or Sephardi, have secured a place of permanence. The new Israeli version lacks heart and loses the sense of continuing the heritage of generations., 9/13/2015, 7:20 AM

Jewish History is Predicted in This Week's Torah Reading

If there is one portion of the Torah that truly rattles our cage, this week’s Torah reading is certainly that portion., 9/4/2015, 10:29 AM

Shoftim: Judicial Parameters

It is possible, if not even likely, to create evil, bias and unfairness by legal means., 8/20/2015, 11:19 AM

Fact and Opinion: One and the Same for Israel-Haters

The entire worldwide campaign against Israel and its legitimate right to exist is built upon falsification of facts., 6/22/2015, 12:33 PM

Parshat Korach: G-d Threw His Support Behind Moses

Korach tried, but G-d is not a populist., 6/18/2015, 8:27 AM

Depths of Fear and Hesitation

Moses apparently miscalculated the level of fear of the Jews in the desert., 6/12/2015, 10:48 AM

Beha'alotcha: Searching for Perfection

The search for perfection in human life is equivalent to drinking saltwater in an attempt to slake one's thirst., 6/5/2015, 8:59 AM

He's Got Our Back

No one has ever really Israel's back - so why should we believe Obama?, 5/28/2015, 10:51 AM

Bechukotai: Eternal Resilience

The true message that shines forth from this week’s Torah reading is that of the eternal resilience and strength of the Jewish people., 5/14/2015, 12:46 PM

Polls and Pundits

Polls can be accurate, so why weren't they in the two recent significant elections?, 5/11/2015, 8:37 PM

Behar: Imagining Israel

Another lesson in the mentioning of Mount Sinai., 5/8/2015, 11:39 AM

Emor: The Jewish Attitude Towards Death

Torah from the rabbi of the Nasi Synagogue in Jerusalem., 4/30/2015, 11:04 AM

Counting the Omer

Sfira reflects much of what our ordinary lives experience – a mixture of emotion and occurrences., 4/26/2015, 5:25 PM

Impudence and Impotence

Science could learn a great deal from religion in terms of humility. Religion itself can also benefit greatly from its own lesson of humility., 3/16/2015, 3:29 PM

Vayakhel-Pikudei: Accountability

Moses held himself accountable for every shekel spent on the Tabernacle construction., 3/13/2015, 1:38 PM

What Could Have Been

Not everything in the past was perfect., 3/10/2015, 8:10 PM