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Rabbi Berel Wein

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

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

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

Reuven/Gad Syndrome

Gad and Reuven's request had repercussions., 7/5/2013, 12:08 AM

Pinchas and Peace

What kind of peace was promised to Pinchas?, 6/27/2013, 6:26 PM

Bilaam is The First Human Rights Activist

He speaks beautifully, but the venom is there., 6/13/2013, 8:53 AM

Beware of Those Who Speak in the People's Name

Always beware of those who speak in the name of the people. Most of the time they are only imitations of Korach., 6/6/2013, 4:37 PM

Altruism over Personal Gain

The struggle to include others – family, community, fellow Jews and human beings generally – into our worldview is the story of our lives and existence. Our leaders are no different., 5/30/2013, 8:06 AM

The High Priest's Task

Aharon’s general role in Jewish society served to remind all of the real purpose of the Temple., 5/23/2013, 10:36 AM

Why We Need Spiritual Levites

The actions of this tribe need emulation today., 5/16/2013, 8:00 AM

Why Call a Book of the Torah "In the Desert?"

The message of the desert and the water that can turn it into flourishing land., 5/9/2013, 10:23 AM

Jerusalem Day Memories

Since 1967 Israel gave away Sinai, Gaza, much of the 'West Bank', the Temple Mount, recognized the establishment of a state, fought many wars and endured continuing terrorist attacks, signed a number of meaningless agreements, all fruitless., 5/7/2013, 1:26 PM

Jewish Destiny

Jewish history is not to be seen as a random occurrence of events., 5/6/2013, 10:59 PM

Frustrations: The Jewish View

Someone who is haughty, arrogant and full of hubris will automatically live a life of frustration and anger., 5/1/2013, 11:43 AM

Common Sense: Hareidi and National Religious Parties

It was common sense for the religious Zionist and hareidi parties to joing forces. They didn't and we got Lapid's anti-Torah invective in the Knesset., 4/23/2013, 1:25 PM

The Catholic Church and the Jews

After Holocaust Memorial Day, the writer poses a challenge to the new pope. Are Jews still a problem for the Catholic church?, 4/11/2013, 10:16 AM

Credit Cards

In Avot we are informed that this world is likened to a magnificent store, full of all sorts of goods that one can purchase and enjoy. But payment is regularly exacted., 3/4/2013, 8:28 AM

Moses' Absence

Moses' absence, which after all was occasioned by a command from God, was not really the main problem that troubled the Jewish people., 3/1/2013, 12:03 AM

On Changing Light Bulbs

The human soul is the candle of G-d., 2/19/2013, 7:47 AM

Taxes

Parshat Truma is a good time to discuss the idea of taxes., 2/17/2013, 12:25 AM

Giving - Trumah

It is more natural not to give than to give., 2/15/2013, 12:53 AM

Mishpatim: Full Acceptance Before Conversion

Just being a “good person” or serving in the Israeli army, noble as these accomplishments truly are, do not yet qualify for one to be easily converted., 2/8/2013, 2:44 PM

The Message of the Book of Genesis

This perseverance of family building, in spite of all of the disappointments inherent in that task, is the reason for the book of Bereshit., 12/27/2012, 1:47 PM

Defining One's Self - Crucial to Conflict Resolution

Prospects forresolution of the Israeli-Arab dispute in the near future remain unlikely. It is not only that we don’t have a partner. It is that our proposed partner does not know what his goals are except for the destruction of the State of Israel, 12/25/2012, 8:12 PM

Is Yosef the Vehicle of Jewish Survival?

There is one national trait that is the secret of Jewish renewal and resilience., 12/20/2012, 12:12 PM