Rabbi Berel Wein

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

A Golden Calf? Really?

No one can really explain satisfactorily how the Jews decided to make a golden calf after the miracles they witnesses., 3/4/2015, 11:31 PM

God Demands Our Heart - Even in a Buiilding Campaign

The Torah teaches us that a building or any institution whose purpose is service of God and the spiritual enhancement of human beings cannot be built of human material generosity alone. , 2/19/2015, 10:53 AM

How Could the Torah Allow Slavery?

Many of the great Torah commentators, especially of the last few centuries, have attempted to deal with this issue., 2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Expectations

Advice on dealing with leaders' fall from grace., 2/10/2015, 7:52 AM

Jethro Joins the Israelites: When and Why

Two opinions on why and when Yitor joined the Jewish encampment in the desert., 2/5/2015, 8:45 PM

The Song of the Sea

The most uplifting message of the song is its timelessness and relevance. The most depressing part of the song is also its timelessness and relevance., 2/1/2015, 11:57 PM

The Exodus and Jewish Exclusivity

The question of Jewish exclusivity lies at the heart of a great deal of the internal and external debates regarding Israel and the Jewish people., 1/22/2015, 10:24 AM

Pharaoh vs. Moses

Complete dominion over others that is based upon a colossal lie of superhuman status eventually is doomed to collapse. It may take centuries for this to occur but history has shown us that it always does occur., 1/20/2015, 6:11 AM

There is No King Without a People

How did the ordinary Egyptians feel about the Jews?, 1/8/2015, 1:07 PM

The Ups and Downs of Israeli Political Life

There is a pattern that has emerged from all of the previous nineteen elections that have bedeviled us over the past sixty-six years. , 1/5/2015, 5:22 AM

Jacob's Legacy

Torah from the rabbi of Hanassi Synagogue in Jerusalem., 1/1/2015, 11:17 AM

Willful Blindness Then and Now

Joseph's brothers are not so different in their reaction to his dreams from those who refuse to be confused by the facts., 12/27/2014, 8:10 PM

Europe is Gone

To Europe, the noble Palestinians – fomenters of worldwide terrorism, intifadas and recurring wars – are worthy of diplomatic recognition, media support, financial aid and moral justification. This is Europe's revenge on the Jews for surviving., 12/26/2014, 6:11 AM

Miketz: Born to Greatness

Achieving greatness requires more than being born with the capability for it., 12/18/2014, 7:20 AM

Loose Change

Desire for change can even eventually justify wickedness, slander, violence and lawlessness in the attempt to facilitate that hoped-for change., 12/8/2014, 10:23 AM

The Unfolding Drama in the Second Half of Genesis

This week we begin reading the second half of the book of Genesis. And a drama unfolds., 12/4/2014, 11:47 AM

The Jewish People Must Remain True to Itself

That is what is meant by "the truth of Yaakov"., 11/30/2014, 7:40 PM

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

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

Don't American Jews Realize They Are All Klinghoffer?

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

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

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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

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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