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Rabbi Berel Wein

Jews at Prayer - Some Reflections

The shameful reactions in Gaza and Europe, in the media and the UN afford us little hope that this is the last atrocity., 11/19/2014, 10:43 PM

Abraham was a Model for George Deek

Tragedy struck Abraham, as it struck the Arabs who believed their leaders in 1948, and fled Israel. What came next is what counts., 11/14/2014, 8:12 AM

Hearing the Message from Heaven

We hear God, so to speak, through familiar voices that reverberate within our soul and heart. , 11/7/2014, 9:52 AM

The Amended Conversion Law: Problems and Pitfalls

Understanding what is wrong with even the now-amended law, just passed in the Knesset., 11/4/2014, 4:38 AM

On Lech Lecha: Relocating

The inner drive of connection to our homeland – to our past and future at one and the same time – is the driving force of the recent increased immigration of Jews to the State of Israel., 10/31/2014, 8:50 AM

Don't American Jews Realize They Are All Klinghoffer?

They just don't get it., 10/28/2014, 9:31 AM

Noah and Abraham, the Survivors

Two survivors, two different methods of overcoming traumatic events., 10/23/2014, 10:10 AM

A Stiff-Necked People

For good and for bad., 8/28/2014, 5:17 AM

Re'eh: Jews in the Eyes of History

Not knowing the past always blinds the present and dims the future., 8/22/2014, 10:30 AM

Eikev: Don't Tread on Me!

There really are no small things or inconsequential acts., 8/14/2014, 8:48 AM

This One Feels Different

This Gaza War is full of twists and turns., 8/12/2014, 4:31 AM

Matot: Vows and Commitments

The ability to speak must be accompanied by values., 7/16/2014, 11:28 PM

The Terrible Truth About Civilian Casualties in Gaza

There is more than one terrible truth in this article., 7/13/2014, 11:36 PM

Korach: Inflated Ego

What made Korach rebel?, 6/20/2014, 1:34 AM

A Tragedy of Errors

Life is usually not so much a comedy of errors as it is a tragedy of errors., 6/14/2014, 7:19 PM

Praying for Peace in the Vatican

What makes this entire public event somewhat questionable is the fact that neither Peres nor Abbas are well-known for participating in either public or private religious prayer., 6/10/2014, 8:08 AM

Ukraine and Us

Ukrainian anti-Semitism is a continuation of the legacy of Europe's persecution and hatred of the Jews, but Ukraine is a country with a prominent place in that hatred., 5/16/2014, 12:19 PM

Feminism and Chazaka

The area of greatest contention in today’s world regarding these matters relates to what is generally called “women’s issues., 4/4/2014, 7:41 AM

Past and Present

A false past is almost as dangerous as having no past at all., 3/23/2014, 7:02 AM

Shmini: And Aaron Remained Silent

Death and tragedy are all part of life., 3/19/2014, 9:56 PM

Ukraine and Us

Like many other countries, ours included, Ukraine has the bad fortune of having to live in a very bad neighborhood. Still Ukraine holds a very prominent place in the sad and unreasonable story of the oppression of the Jews., 3/14/2014, 2:34 PM

Sin is a Constant Part of Life.

Judaism does not allow for pie-in-the-sky, super angelic portrayals of human life., 3/7/2014, 7:15 AM

A Sad, Sad World

Large parts of the world and of its billions of people are enveloped in sadness, violence, injustice and death., 3/5/2014, 11:42 AM

Jeremiah Journalism

Is it that bad?, 3/3/2014, 10:18 PM

Transparency

, 2/28/2014, 12:20 AM

Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog

, 2/19/2014, 11:30 AM

Requiem for a Movement

There is a dangerous trend that exists in the fringes of the Modern Orthodox Jewish world to imitate the errors of the Conservative movement. , 1/24/2014, 5:24 AM

Simple Courtesy

Why is Yitro's arrival emphasized in the Torah?, 1/16/2014, 12:00 PM

The Bulbs that Want to be Changed

Change requires inner will and determination to effect it. Jews are particularly subject to drives for change., 12/29/2013, 2:00 PM

Promises, Promises

Any voter with a modicum of sense knows or should know not to believe in the promises of political candidates., 12/15/2013, 5:39 PM

The Truth of Satire

A little clever satire can be a good thing for us. , 12/11/2013, 6:38 AM

The Land of Our Forefathers

What is Yaakov’s stubborn attachment to living in the Land of Canaan?, 11/21/2013, 1:00 PM

Heeding the GA's Call for More Soul in Jewish LIfe

If ignorant and unlettered – tragically, most of American Jewry is in that position with regard to Judaism - are almost automatically precluded from an attachment to their faith., 11/20/2013, 9:04 AM

Esau's Legacy: Implacable Hatred?

The long dance of Jewish history does not leave Jews unimpaired., 11/14/2013, 9:43 AM

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zts"l

, 11/14/2013, 9:14 AM

Old Magazines

Read the magazines of the Oslo era and weep. Events on the ground truly mock the past wisdom of journalistic experts. , 11/7/2013, 9:56 AM

What was Isaac Thinking?

Why give the blessing to Esau, who was known for being problematic?, 11/3/2013, 5:24 PM

Background Noise

Torah has its own background melody., 10/30/2013, 9:51 AM

Giving Mother Sarah Her Due

She, too, had difficult tests to pass in her life, yet she rose above them., 10/25/2013, 3:45 PM

Vayera: Denying Logic

Rabbi Wein is the rabbi of Hanasi Synagogue in Jerusalem ., 10/18/2013, 2:09 PM

Ezekiel and the Middle East

The biblical prophet predicts an awful war of bloodshed in Syria, Babylonia (Iraq), Yemen and Arabia. Libya and Egypt will also be beset by civil war, much bloodshed and death, and economic deprivation. , 10/16/2013, 9:05 AM

The Beginning of the Saga of the Jewish People

This is where it starts, in this week's Torah portion. And the story is a prototype for Jewish existence., 10/10/2013, 10:38 AM

Monumental Hubris

Human beings destroy one another's vain attempts at immortality., 10/4/2013, 8:29 AM

After the Holidays

Israelis use the expression "after the holidays" to postpone doing things during the month of Tishrei and wish one another a "good winter" at the end of Sukkot, whether they are sweltering in the heat or not., 10/2/2013, 10:05 AM

Beliefs and Realities

It is now "after the holidays". A message to take with us in our daily lives., 9/26/2013, 10:52 PM

The Seamlessness of Torah

Bereshit and Vezot Habracha are connected., 9/24/2013, 11:45 PM

A Permanent Sukkah

The sukkah built of Torah and tradition, family and community, is what protected the Jews through the ages., 9/17/2013, 10:20 PM

Ego, Shame, Disgrace - So What?

A time to look at how public life is run., 9/10/2013, 7:24 AM

Moshe's Review of His Life and Our Yearly Review

Who can claim greater merits in this world than Moshe had? Yet the hand of human mortality struck him down. , 8/30/2013, 12:34 PM

Jerusalem Has No Natural Wonders

The Talmud poses for us the question: “Why are the hot springs of Israel located in Tiberias and not in Jerusalem?”, 8/28/2013, 5:49 PM

Undoing the Past

The past is prejudicially judged by the current standards of behavior and probity., 8/21/2013, 9:20 AM

The Passage of Time: G-d's Gift

The Jewish calendar goes from holiday to holiday., 8/1/2013, 5:10 PM

Ekev: Cause and Effect

All attempts to accommodate eternal Jewish practices and values to fit current fads and societal norms, have ended in abysmal failure. , 7/25/2013, 9:46 PM

Chief Rabbinate: Career or Calling

Is the Chief Rabbinate a career that affords monetary benefits and power or is it a spiritual calling to be approached with humility and trepidation., 7/24/2013, 8:00 AM

The Structure of Jewish Life

The Torah in this week’s parsha, in order to help and guide us, gives us a formula to achieve the elusive goal of contentment, 7/18/2013, 12:03 AM

Realizing Society's Shortcomings

Aren't the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah talking about impossible demands? The problems they discuss have plagues society form time immemorial., 7/14/2013, 10:40 AM

The Messenger and the Message

Shooting the messenger and disregarding the message is the norm here but it is a dangerous and very self-defeating norm., 7/8/2013, 7:37 AM