Rabbi Berel Wein

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

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