Rabbi Berel Wein

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

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

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

Vayeshev: Mysteries of the Parsha

Questions abound in the story related in Vayeshev., 12/7/2012, 3:19 PM

The American Babylonia

The parallels between Jewish Babylonia and Jewish America are troubling and should be pondered., 12/6/2012, 10:12 AM

Underrating Temptation

For the past several weeks, we have been reading about temptation and human reactions to it. , 11/15/2012, 1:55 PM

Was Eliezer Wrong?

Was it a precursor of the fact that the signs and omens seem to win out?, 11/9/2012, 9:58 AM

A Matter of Perception: Abraham and the Creator

The first Jew's relationship to society is part of his understanding of G-d., 11/2/2012, 7:48 AM

Winter Tensions, Winter Storms

The post holiday period is the time when serious things start happening. With or without storms., 10/31/2012, 9:37 AM

Couldn't Abraham Have Just Stayed in Haran?

After all, he and Sarah were converting people to monotheism in droves. Why leave?, 10/25/2012, 11:02 PM

Humankind and the Animal Kingdom

In Judaism, human behavior influences animal behavior., 10/11/2012, 10:02 AM

Divine Partnership for the New Year

The ability to get past previous troubles and failures and move on in life is one of the essential ingredients of a Jewish life that is directed towards holiness and eternity. , 9/23/2012, 11:14 AM

Dvarim: Shabbat Outweighs the 9th of Av

The review that Moshe provides for us of the forty-year stay in the desert by the Jewish people, contains within it the harbingers of all later disasters, but not despair., 7/26/2012, 1:10 PM

Are We Repeating the 1930's?

Here is one major difference: for the first time in nineteen centuries the major powers in the world are concerned about what the Jews are going to do to defend themselves. , 7/26/2012, 12:04 PM

The 'Frier' Complex

The Chareidi community is guilty of making the general Israeli society feel like a frier and in being very smug about so doing., 3/22/2012, 11:40 PM

Policy, Tactics and Strategy

Tactics are a test of practicality – what works and what does not. Strategy is really a matter of intellect mixed with intuition. And policy should be limited by rigid and unbending rules of Torah values and tradition., 3/18/2012, 9:16 AM

Counting the Jewish People: Ki Tisa

The true count of the people of Israel is never only in the raw number of people present arrived at., 3/9/2012, 10:05 AM

Generational Recognition

It is only when we grow older – usually much older – that we begin to appreciate family relationships and generational bonds. , 3/3/2012, 11:38 PM

Soul and Body - Choshen and Ephod

A human being must integrate physicality and spiritualism., 3/1/2012, 10:41 PM

The Crucial Need for Jewish Tradition

An observant Jew, even one devoted to Torah study and willing to defend the Torah way of life as it was now almost newly created against all foes, must also have a sense of the tradition of Jewish society and its behavior patterns., 2/2/2012, 9:29 AM

Bo: The Start of Halakhic Observance

In Judaism the details are of equal if not even greater importance than the general value and end result that they represent., 1/27/2012, 9:10 AM

Tikun Olam and Jewish Peoplehood

There is a substitute for Judaism that is the new faith in much of non-Orthodox American Jewry. It is called “tikun olam"., 1/24/2012, 10:58 PM

Echoes From the Past

The great movements that shook and motivated the Jewish world a century ago have all passed from the scene. It is only their echoes that remain with us, for good or for bad. , 1/6/2012, 9:58 AM

Sticking it Out as a Family

Jewish tradition teaches us that all later disputes within the Jewish world are already foretold in the story of Yosef and his brothers - yet we remain, as the brothers remained, a family. Leaders, take note. , 12/30/2011, 8:14 AM

G-d Helps Those Who Help Themselves

To accomplish things in life, both spiritually and materially, effort and planning, devotion and industry must be expended. , 12/9/2011, 1:14 AM

Homegrown Enemies of Jewish Life

There are internal enemies that we must conquer so we can face the very real external threats. Remember Pogo's line? Rabbi Wein tells us what and how., 12/5/2011, 3:04 PM

Vayeitze's Effect on Jewish History

The ground under Jewish feet was always unsure and uncertainty was the omnipresent condition of Jewish life. , 12/2/2011, 10:07 AM

The Zeitgeist

What was the major force in the secularization of Jewish society in the 19th century - and is it still present?, 11/25/2011, 9:50 AM