Rabbi S. Weiss

Parsha Summary; Lost on the Way

Avram, like his father, had an impulse regarding Israel. But unlike his father, Avraham decides to act on that impulse!, 11/3/2011, 12:47 PM

Re'eh: Summary and Haftorah

In the discipline of the Mitzvot, and in the wisdom of the Torah, we will find an anchor to secure and steady us amid the raging seas., 8/26/2011, 3:21 AM

Mattot: Why So Many Refuge Cities for 2.5 Tribes?

What happened when the 2.5 tribes left their families and came to fight with the others for Canaan?, 7/22/2011, 1:45 PM

Ki Tisa: Patience Makes Perfect

Often, what takes patience has more value than what comes easily. , 2/17/2011, 5:33 PM

Chayei Sara: We Will Not Cave In

This land is ours, legally, Biblically and morally, paid for by money but also in blood., 10/28/2010, 9:15 AM

Moses' Message

There is one primary, fundamental theme which runs through both readings this week., 9/3/2010, 10:54 AM

Ki Tavo: When Are You Coming?

Aliya is something to consider without too many calculations., 8/26/2010, 11:12 AM

Your Family or Your Fortune

Valuable treasures hidden here just below the surface in this week's Torah reading. Let's examine just one of them. , 7/22/2010, 12:38 PM

Get a Kick out of Kedusha!

The World Cup and this week's Torah reading have something in common: aiming for the right goal., 5/27/2010, 3:58 PM

Naso: Does G-d Pray?

An insight into the Gemara in Brachot that talks about whether G-d prays, found in the weekly reading., 5/20/2010, 12:35 PM

Rashbi and the Rainbow

Rashbi is remembered on Lag BaOmer. Why, then, do we light bonfires and why did our Sages say no rainbow was seen during his lifetime?, 4/29/2010, 2:05 PM

Shemini: The Day After

What is the significance of the eighth day referred to in this week's Torah portion?, 4/9/2010, 12:15 AM

Tzav-Shabbat Hagadol-Pesach

What is the connection between the Torah portion, its special Haftorah and the coming holiday?, 3/15/2010, 9:33 AM

Parshat Hachodesh: The Open Door

Passover tells us that there is a second chance., 3/11/2010, 6:14 PM

Parshat Para: We Can Rise Again

The reading of Parshat Para and the sin of the Golden Calf on the same Sabbath can be connected spiritually., 3/4/2010, 12:45 PM

A Memorial for Ari

Rabbi Weiss' articles appear often in our Judaism section. The building memorializing his son Ari, who fell defending Israel, was dedicated this week. We share with you what he and his wife Suzie said at the ceremony., 2/18/2010, 11:34 AM

Mishpatim: The Angels Among Us

On Sunday, the Ohel Ari Bet Knesset and Learning Center will be dedicated in memory of Rabbi Weiss' son, Ari Hy'd, who fell defending our people. Each IDF hero is "a sapphire brick..pure and bright as heaven" at the feet of Hashem., 2/11/2010, 10:26 AM

Yitro: To "Summit" All Up

You have to see the forest as well as the trees to lead a Torah true life. The way the Ten Commandments were given teaches that lesson., 2/4/2010, 12:25 PM

Vaera: G-d Teaches Moses

Moses was complaining, but G-d used it to teach him a valuable lesson in Jewish history that we all must learn., 1/14/2010, 7:34 AM

Shemot: (Don't) Go Figure!

We cannot know how all the pieces fit., 1/8/2010, 9:49 AM

Vayechi: The Sounds of Silence

Unity is on their minds., 12/31/2009, 12:28 AM

Chayei Sarah: Our Wives

Sarah set the example., 11/11/2009, 10:48 PM

Life is a Sukkah

And only He can keep us safe., 10/6/2009, 7:23 PM

Between Hope and Fear

A classic dilemma of faith. , 9/25/2009, 2:03 AM

Nitzavim-Vayelech: Absent Sounds

Take note of the missing notes., 9/11/2009, 1:30 AM

The Man, the Mitzvot, the Moonie

The Torah is an intricate device., 8/14/2009, 5:22 PM

Balak: Energy

Life is about choices., 7/3/2009, 2:21 AM

Chukat: Speak Softly, Big Stick

The age of open miracles was coming to a close., 6/26/2009, 7:49 AM

Korach: The Bald Truth

He needed to be the best Korach he could be., 6/18/2009, 12:46 PM

Shelach: Believing is Seeing

Developing 20/20 spiritual sight., 6/10/2009, 10:02 PM

Beha'alotkha: Nearly 'High Nun'

Bnei Yisrael stood at a great crossroads., 6/4/2009, 2:30 AM

Who Counts?

Keep telling your story., 5/24/2009, 11:11 AM

Rashbi and the Rainbow

Why do we celebrate Rashbi's life so brightly?, 5/10/2009, 2:16 PM

Acharei-Kedoshim: Choosing Good

The ritual of the twin goats., 5/1/2009, 12:57 AM

Blood and (Re)birth

It won't always be this way., 4/24/2009, 2:02 PM

Sing a Song of Seder

The link between Purim and Pesach., 4/10/2009, 1:31 PM

Keep Your Sunny Side Up

Another unique example of the spirit of renewal., 4/1/2009, 10:24 AM

Zachor: It's Not Just Villains

A brave fighter against the evil of terrorism., 3/6/2009, 1:36 AM

Terumah: You Must Remember This

Terumah means more than "donation". , 2/27/2009, 12:48 AM

Mishpatim: Misprints

Missing the point., 2/19/2009, 12:21 AM

Yitro: The Top Ten Plus

Why the difference in the fates of Ruth and Yitro?, 2/13/2009, 12:48 AM

Bo: The Day After Tomorrow

For our sons and grandsons., 1/30/2009, 12:48 AM

Va'era: Only Time Will Tell

Pharaoh's stubbornness was our salvation., 1/23/2009, 2:58 AM

Shemot: Awakenings

Why is such insane hatred allowed to go on?, 1/15/2009, 7:30 PM

Vayechi: It's Payback Time

Reacting to intractable, unrepentant evil., 1/9/2009, 1:39 AM

Vayigash: A Flash of Light

A flash of truth illuminates the scene., 1/2/2009, 1:43 AM

Miketz: Evolution or Revolution?

Redemption, in the flash of an eye., 12/26/2008, 11:07 AM

Vayeshev: I'll Be Watching You

A strange incident occurs in our sedra., 12/19/2008, 1:06 AM

Veyetzei: G-d is in the House!

If only we have the right outlook and attitude., 12/4/2008, 11:22 PM

Toldot: Father and Son

About children seeking their father's blessing., 11/28/2008, 12:16 PM

Vayera: They Walked Together

Avraham is not the only hero of this story., 11/14/2008, 2:18 AM

Bereishit: Journeys

Mitzvot in story form., 10/24/2008, 10:03 AM

Vayelech: Choose Life!

We can choose the life we live., 10/3/2008, 1:55 AM

Nitzavim: And the Forecast is...

We had our share of blessings, too., 9/26/2008, 1:48 AM

Ki Tavo: Scrutiny on the Bounty

Joy and how it is connected to blessing., 9/18/2008, 1:58 AM

Shoftim: Do We Measure Up?

A fascinating slant on justice., 9/5/2008, 12:58 AM