Altruism over Personal GainThe 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.
The High Priest's TaskAharon’s general role in Jewish society served to remind all of the real purpose of the Temple.
Jerusalem Day MemoriesSince 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.
Jewish DestinyJewish history is not to be seen as a random occurrence of events.
Credit CardsIn 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.
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.
TaxesParshat Truma is a good time to discuss the idea of taxes.
The Message of the Book of GenesisThis perseverance of family building, in spite of all of the disappointments inherent in that task, is the reason for the book of Bereshit.
Defining One's Self - Crucial to Conflict ResolutionProspects 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
The American BabyloniaThe parallels between Jewish Babylonia and Jewish America are troubling and should be pondered.
Underrating TemptationFor the past several weeks, we have been reading about temptation and human reactions to it.
Was Eliezer Wrong?Was it a precursor of the fact that the signs and omens seem to win out?
Divine Partnership for the New YearThe 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.
Dvarim: Shabbat Outweighs the 9th of AvThe 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.
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.
The 'Frier' ComplexThe Chareidi community is guilty of making the general Israeli society feel like a frier and in being very smug about so doing.
Policy, Tactics and StrategyTactics 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.
Generational RecognitionIt is only when we grow older – usually much older – that we begin to appreciate family relationships and generational bonds.
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?
The Crucial Need for Jewish TraditionAn 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.
Echoes From the PastThe 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.
Sticking it Out as a FamilyJewish 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.
Miketz: A Defining Moment in TimeWe 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.
Homegrown Enemies of Jewish LifeThere 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.
The ZeitgeistWhat was the major force in the secularization of Jewish society in the 19th century - and is it still present?
The DisconnectWhile 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!
Biblical LessonsRespect 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.
Tossing a CoinDid 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?
Noach: No One Likes to Heed WarningsNo 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.
Shofar SoundsEvery 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.
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.