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Rabbi Berel Wein

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

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

Sword, Olive Branch and Good Deeds

What is the real interpretation of Yaakov's emissaries and of the angel?, 12/2/2012, 10:52 PM

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

Costume or Disguise?

Do all those who profess their loyalty to Israel's right to exist really mean it or is it just a disguise?, 3/3/2012, 11:00 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

Miketz: A Defining Moment in Time

We are experts in hindsight. We rarely achieve meaningful foresight in any field of human endeavor and national and personal living. Only the diehards stubbornly insist that the path of the Oslo Agreements has not yet come to an end. , 12/20/2011, 10:51 AM

The Ancient Hanukkah Controversy

Beit Hillel versus Beit Shammai in a psychological and historical -- and very Jewish --context., 12/20/2011, 8:52 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

The Disconnect

While there are many rabbinic pronouncements on the minutiae of Jewish law, customs and observance there is very little that is said and heard about the major problems that face the Jewish world today. This has to change!, 11/22/2011, 9:33 PM

Biblical Lessons

Respect for the elderly is a basic tenet of Judaism. The Torah commands us to rise in honor of the aged and to give allegiance and respect to elders., 11/15/2011, 11:10 AM

Tossing a Coin

Did you know that all of the coins in circulation in modern day Israel are replicas of ancient coins used by Jews in the Land of Israel thousands of years ago? , 11/1/2011, 3:28 PM

Noach: No One Likes to Heed Warnings

No one likes to listen to prophets of gloom and doom. And this truism of human behavior is not news to those of us who have lived in Israel over the past number of decades. , 10/27/2011, 9:36 AM

Shofar Sounds

Every commandment of the Torah is multi-faceted and we do ourselves and our faith a disservice if we deal with the Torah simply and naively., 9/28/2011, 8:39 AM

The Judgment of Secondary Jews

For too long many Jews and Jewish organizations have acted and spoken without taking into account that by carving a hole under their own seat in the boat they endanger the entire Jewish nation., 9/27/2011, 11:39 AM

The Woes That Will Befall the Jewish People

As the exile of Israel stretched into centuries and then into millennia, the Jews began to feel that somehow the punishment was rather excessive relative to the crime., 9/15/2011, 7:27 PM

Ki Tetsei: Thinking Ahead about Results of Actions

Judaism is committed to a far sighted view of life and behavior and the understanding that nothing that a person does or says is truly to be deemed inconsequential., 9/8/2011, 3:34 PM