Rabbi Berel Wein

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

Depths of Fear and Hesitation

Moses apparently miscalculated the level of fear of the Jews in the desert., 6/12/2015, 10:48 AM

Beha'alotcha: Searching for Perfection

The search for perfection in human life is equivalent to drinking saltwater in an attempt to slake one's thirst., 6/5/2015, 8:59 AM

He's Got Our Back

No one has ever really Israel's back - so why should we believe Obama?, 5/28/2015, 10:51 AM

Bechukotai: Eternal Resilience

The true message that shines forth from this week’s Torah reading is that of the eternal resilience and strength of the Jewish people., 5/14/2015, 12:46 PM

Polls and Pundits

Polls can be accurate, so why weren't they in the two recent significant elections?, 5/11/2015, 8:37 PM

Behar: Imagining Israel

Another lesson in the mentioning of Mount Sinai., 5/8/2015, 11:39 AM

Emor: The Jewish Attitude Towards Death

Torah from the rabbi of the Nasi Synagogue in Jerusalem., 4/30/2015, 11:04 AM

Counting the Omer

Sfira reflects much of what our ordinary lives experience – a mixture of emotion and occurrences., 4/26/2015, 5:25 PM

Impudence and Impotence

Science could learn a great deal from religion in terms of humility. Religion itself can also benefit greatly from its own lesson of humility., 3/16/2015, 3:29 PM

Vayakhel-Pikudei: Accountability

Moses held himself accountable for every shekel spent on the Tabernacle construction., 3/13/2015, 1:38 PM

What Could Have Been

Not everything in the past was perfect., 3/10/2015, 8:10 PM

A Golden Calf? Really?

No one can really explain satisfactorily how the Jews decided to make a golden calf after the miracles they witnesses., 3/4/2015, 11:31 PM

God Demands Our Heart - Even in a Buiilding Campaign

The Torah teaches us that a building or any institution whose purpose is service of God and the spiritual enhancement of human beings cannot be built of human material generosity alone. , 2/19/2015, 10:53 AM

How Could the Torah Allow Slavery?

Many of the great Torah commentators, especially of the last few centuries, have attempted to deal with this issue., 2/13/2015, 11:10 AM


Advice on dealing with leaders' fall from grace., 2/10/2015, 7:52 AM

Jethro Joins the Israelites: When and Why

Two opinions on why and when Yitor joined the Jewish encampment in the desert., 2/5/2015, 8:45 PM

The Song of the Sea

The most uplifting message of the song is its timelessness and relevance. The most depressing part of the song is also its timelessness and relevance., 2/1/2015, 11:57 PM

The Exodus and Jewish Exclusivity

The question of Jewish exclusivity lies at the heart of a great deal of the internal and external debates regarding Israel and the Jewish people., 1/22/2015, 10:24 AM

Pharaoh vs. Moses

Complete dominion over others that is based upon a colossal lie of superhuman status eventually is doomed to collapse. It may take centuries for this to occur but history has shown us that it always does occur., 1/20/2015, 6:11 AM

There is No King Without a People

How did the ordinary Egyptians feel about the Jews?, 1/8/2015, 1:07 PM

The Ups and Downs of Israeli Political Life

There is a pattern that has emerged from all of the previous nineteen elections that have bedeviled us over the past sixty-six years. , 1/5/2015, 5:22 AM

Jacob's Legacy

Torah from the rabbi of Hanassi Synagogue in Jerusalem., 1/1/2015, 11:17 AM

Willful Blindness Then and Now

Joseph's brothers are not so different in their reaction to his dreams from those who refuse to be confused by the facts., 12/27/2014, 8:10 PM

Europe is Gone

To Europe, the noble Palestinians – fomenters of worldwide terrorism, intifadas and recurring wars – are worthy of diplomatic recognition, media support, financial aid and moral justification. This is Europe's revenge on the Jews for surviving., 12/26/2014, 6:11 AM

Miketz: Born to Greatness

Achieving greatness requires more than being born with the capability for it., 12/18/2014, 7:20 AM

Loose Change

Desire for change can even eventually justify wickedness, slander, violence and lawlessness in the attempt to facilitate that hoped-for change., 12/8/2014, 10:23 AM

The Unfolding Drama in the Second Half of Genesis

This week we begin reading the second half of the book of Genesis. And a drama unfolds., 12/4/2014, 11:47 AM

The Jewish People Must Remain True to Itself

That is what is meant by "the truth of Yaakov"., 11/30/2014, 7:40 PM

Jews at Prayer - Some Reflections

The shameful reactions in Gaza and Europe, in the media and the UN afford us little hope that this is the last atrocity., 11/19/2014, 10:43 PM

Abraham was a Model for George Deek

Tragedy struck Abraham, as it struck the Arabs who believed their leaders in 1948, and fled Israel. What came next is what counts., 11/14/2014, 8:12 AM

Hearing the Message from Heaven

We hear God, so to speak, through familiar voices that reverberate within our soul and heart. , 11/7/2014, 9:52 AM

The Amended Conversion Law: Problems and Pitfalls

Understanding what is wrong with even the now-amended law, just passed in the Knesset., 11/4/2014, 4:38 AM

On Lech Lecha: Relocating

The inner drive of connection to our homeland – to our past and future at one and the same time – is the driving force of the recent increased immigration of Jews to the State of Israel., 10/31/2014, 8:50 AM

Don't American Jews Realize They Are All Klinghoffer?

They just don't get it., 10/28/2014, 9:31 AM

Noah and Abraham, the Survivors

Two survivors, two different methods of overcoming traumatic events., 10/23/2014, 10:10 AM

A Stiff-Necked People

For good and for bad., 8/28/2014, 5:17 AM

Re'eh: Jews in the Eyes of History

Not knowing the past always blinds the present and dims the future., 8/22/2014, 10:30 AM

Eikev: Don't Tread on Me!

There really are no small things or inconsequential acts., 8/14/2014, 8:48 AM

This One Feels Different

This Gaza War is full of twists and turns., 8/12/2014, 4:31 AM

Matot: Vows and Commitments

The ability to speak must be accompanied by values., 7/16/2014, 11:28 PM

The Terrible Truth About Civilian Casualties in Gaza

There is more than one terrible truth in this article., 7/13/2014, 11:36 PM

Korach: Inflated Ego

What made Korach rebel?, 6/20/2014, 1:34 AM

A Tragedy of Errors

Life is usually not so much a comedy of errors as it is a tragedy of errors., 6/14/2014, 7:19 PM