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The master of dreams.

The master of dreams.

The Talmud teaches us that some dreams have the quality of being a minor type of prophecy.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/11/2021 12:00
Should this Torah reading have been called "Yitzchak" - like "Noah"s parasha?

Should this Torah reading have been called "Yitzchak" - like "Noah"s parasha?

There is an inherent difference between the generations and genealogy of Noach and that of Yitzchak.Rabbi Berel Wein, 04/11/2021 10:13
What is the "good life"?

What is the "good life"?

Sarah has no illusions about the challenges she will face, having embarked with Abraham on the founding of the Jewish people.Rabbi Berel Wein, 27/10/2021 11:03
How can one go to school to become a prophet?

How can one go to school to become a prophet?

Prophecy is one of the highest forms of communication with God. There were, in ancient times, schools that trained people to become prophetsRabbi Berel Wein, 20/10/2021 12:42
Abraham the innovator

Abraham the innovator

Abraham is the first human being recorded as having a normal conversation with his Creator.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/10/2021 20:23
Paradise lost

Paradise lost

Milton's epic poem describes the impossibility of returning to Paradise once lost. The Torah presents that return as a challenge..Rabbi Berel Wein, 30/09/2021 09:44
It's Sukkot - what a relief!

It's Sukkot - what a relief!

In other climates, having to leave the house for a booth open to the elements may not be such a pleasant experience, but in Israel...Rabbi Berel Wein, 20/09/2021 11:29
Ultimate witnesses

Ultimate witnesses

Nature itself, with all its wonders, unpredictability, and beauty is the greatest testimony regarding the covenant between God and Israel.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/09/2021 21:36
Holiday memories

Holiday memories

We all feel that it is not only those who are present that are commemorating the holiday, but also those who are no longer with us,Rabbi Berel Wein, 04/09/2021 23:59
A binding and unchangeable covenant.

A binding and unchangeable covenant.

Within the Jewish soul, as part of our DNA so to speak, no matter how far we have strayed, we know that we are a covenantal people,Rabbi Berel Wein, 03/09/2021 07:22
Just send me the link

Just send me the link

The right link is the vital component of Jewish survival, both personally and nationally. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 29/08/2021 07:22
No opinion

No opinion

Much of life really is governed by the concept of "it all depends". Circumstances change overnight, ideas come and go, Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 20/08/2021 06:59
Shoftim: Earthly standards for justice

Shoftim: Earthly standards for justice

The Torah set standards for us to try and achieve. It never demands the impossible from human beings.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/08/2021 09:30
The "shiputznik" phenomenon - an Israeli saga

The "shiputznik" phenomenon - an Israeli saga

There are various causes that necessitate the human desire never to leave well enough alone. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 08/08/2021 13:00
There are no small choices

There are no small choices

Choices all have consequences and later effects that may be unknown to us when we make the choiceRabbi Berel Wein, 01/08/2021 08:46
Reward and punishment

Reward and punishment

What are we to make of the obviously literal lesson that this week's Torah portion seemingly teaches us?Rabbi Berel Wein, 27/07/2021 06:05
Bashert

Bashert

The aptitude to live and function within the limitations of one's own shortcomings is a great talent which many do not possess.Rabbi Berel Wein, 22/07/2021 09:08
Devarim: Accountability

Devarim: Accountability

From Moses, we see that It is impossible for truths to be described without the personality and subjective view of the person doing so.Rabbi Berel Wein, 16/07/2021 10:00
People, memory and memorials

People, memory and memorials

Part of the damage that the passage of time inflicts upon us is the inevitable loss of people whose presence in our lives we value. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/07/2021 07:39
Are Mattot and Maasei read together only for calendar convenience or is there more?

Are Mattot and Maasei read together only for calendar convenience or is there more?

There must be a connecting bond, a common denominator that unites these two apparently disparate and different sections of the Torah.Rabbi Berel Wein, 06/07/2021 22:00
Zealotry

Zealotry

In theory, pacifism is a noble idea, but with the dangerous world human beings live in, we must ensure evil does not triumph. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 01/07/2021 21:33
Failure

Failure

If the Jewish people would prove to be failures in whatever they attempt to accomplish and achieve, then anti-Semitism might lessen. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 19/06/2021 23:59
Was Moses' punishment asymetric?

Was Moses' punishment asymetric?

Moshe appeared to be confident that he would yet lead his beloved people into the promised land of Israel. It was not to be.Rabbi Berel Wein, 16/06/2021 17:33
The land of Israel has always posed a problem for some

The land of Israel has always posed a problem for some

The fear shown by the spies when Moshe said to bring a report about the land, did not die with that generation of doubters in the desert.Rabbi Berel Wein, 06/06/2021 10:36
The elite group

The elite group

The Levites were a living spiritual force that taught the people and inspired fulfillment of the mission entrusted to Israel at Mount Sinai., 23/05/2021 05:15
Behar-Bechukotai: Life lessons from the Sabbatical Year

Behar-Bechukotai: Life lessons from the Sabbatical Year

We are custodians, not owners, of this world.Rabbi Berel Wein, 08/05/2021 22:00
Tragedies and humanity

Tragedies and humanity

Tragedies occur on a regular basis in all human societies, and they have done so since the beginning of recorded human history. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 04/05/2021 12:21
Lag Ba'Omer 5781

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

This semi-holiday is utterly unique in the calendar of the Jewish people.because it commemmorates a passive event.Rabbi Berel Wein, 28/04/2021 15:59
It's all in the details

It's all in the details

Isn't it enough to be a good, honest, caring human being without all of the details that make up the bulk of this week’s Torah reading?Rabbi Berel Wein, 22/04/2021 16:22
The book of complaints

The book of complaints

Rereading complaints often shows their pettiness, unless we would prefer to nurture hurts and frustrations rather than moving on. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 16/04/2021 09:00
Judaism is pro-family and pro-motherhood

Judaism is pro-family and pro-motherhood

Having and raising children is a positive act of faith in the future, and unlimited generosity towards others.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/04/2021 16:00
Keeping kosher

Keeping kosher

Being a Jew relates also to the body and internal organs of a person, and not only the cerebral notion of religion that many people have.Rabbi Berel Wein, 03/04/2021 23:52
Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer

Counting days that have passed, as in the Omer, automatically causes us to reflect on what was accomplished and what was left undone.Rabbi Berel Wein, 30/03/2021 06:57
Out of the depths of winter - a society of fear

Out of the depths of winter - a society of fear

This pandemic has created is a society of fear, even from those methods that can relieve the fear, along with apathy to the elections. Op-edRabbi Berel Wein, 04/03/2021 15:40
Where truth can be found

Where truth can be found

The great Hasidic master of Kotzk continually maintained that truth is always hidden from public view.Rabbi Berel Wein, 01/03/2021 22:24
Fundraising in the Parasha

Fundraising in the Parasha

Heaven placed a great burden on our teacher Moses when it required him to ask the Jewish people to part with their wealth in large sums.Rabbi Berel Wein, 18/02/2021 21:59
Mutations

Mutations

Mutations are not strictly limited to viruses. All societies continually mutate, adapt, change and attempt to renew themselves. Opinion.Rabbi Berel Wein, 15/02/2021 15:00
Only voluntary acceptance of discipline can work

Only voluntary acceptance of discipline can work

There are never enough police to enforce laws, It takes responsibility..That is behind Israel's corona crisis and why the Torah is eternal.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/02/2021 13:40
The first Jewish bureaucracy

The first Jewish bureaucracy

Jethro told Moshe, based upon his experience as chief executive priest of Midian, that Moshe's goal was unachievable in this world.Rabbi Berel Wein, 02/02/2021 22:13
The anti-hero

The anti-hero

An anti-hero accomplishes much, but not all he intended to address, he is then rejected by the very people that put him into power, Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 29/01/2021 09:27
Why so many plagues?

Why so many plagues?

G-d could have wreaked just one major plague on Egypt to achieve Jewish freedom. Why were there ten?Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/01/2021 09:12
Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

Moshe is the most humble and modest of all human-beings, but he is not allowed to be humble and self-effacing when meeting Pharaoh.Rabbi Berel Wein, 08/01/2021 14:00
Taking a shot

Taking a shot

I do not understand the basis for being against this vaccination in certain groups of individuals in the Jewish religious world. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 05/01/2021 22:30
Jewish history is repetitive: The last words of Jacob and Joseph

Jewish history is repetitive: The last words of Jacob and Joseph

The message: Chazak Chazak Venitchazek, to be strong and to strengthen ourselves and others for the tasks that always lie ahead.Rabbi Berel Wein, 01/01/2021 14:35
Sometimes the dreamers are the practical ones

Sometimes the dreamers are the practical ones

The Jewish people have survived only based on dreams. Our people to the land of Israel in our time is perhaps the greatest of dreams.Rabbi Berel Wein, 28/12/2020 23:00
10th of Tevet: One day that commemorates several Jewish tragedies.

10th of Tevet: One day that commemorates several Jewish tragedies.

The rabbis subsumed several tragic events that occurred in Tevet and memorialized them on the date the siege of Jerusalem began.Rabbi Berel Wein, 25/12/2020 14:33
Growing accustomed to miracles

Growing accustomed to miracles

We don't say the Hallel prayer on Purim at all, but we do say it on Hanukkah. In our time, the reason for this difference is clearer.Rabbi Berel Wein, 15/12/2020 23:11
The inestimable worth of the individual

The inestimable worth of the individual

It was the Soviet Union and Communism that saw people as being mere cogs in a great machine, the state. Not so the Jews.Rabbi Berel Wein, 26/11/2020 15:00
Toldot: How can an Isaac and Rivkah raise a child who is wicked?

Toldot: How can an Isaac and Rivkah raise a child who is wicked?

Commentators give several reasons for this to have happened, as it has throughout history, but perhaps the simplest explanation is the best.Rabbi Berel Wein, 19/11/2020 13:00
Jewish growth

Jewish growth

I look in wonder at the growth of Orthodox Jewry in my lifetime, not only in terms of intensity of Jewish life, but numbers and population.Rabbi Berel Wein, 10/11/2020 14:34
A tale of two weddings

A tale of two weddings

Young people willing to undertake to build homes that will be loyal to tradition and Jewish values, is itself most joyful, Zoom and all.Rabbi Berel Wein, 02/11/2020 16:00
Totalitarian society in biblical times - and today

Totalitarian society in biblical times - and today

"One language and the same few words.” It reflects the inability to tolerate other opinions and different words. Cancel culture?Rabbi Berel Wein, 26/10/2020 14:00
Today's Open Orthodoxy - Bereishit 5781

Today's Open Orthodoxy - Bereishit 5781

There are good things that resulted from our praying outside, things we should try to retain and that contrast Abraham with Adam and Noah.Rabbi Berel Wein, 14/10/2020 16:00
The imaginary walls of a sukka

The imaginary walls of a sukka

Without the Oral Law's detailed descriptions, we would not be able to build the more open sukkas we need this year.Rabbi Berel Wein, 05/10/2020 11:32
Yom Kippur 5781

Yom Kippur 5781

Yom Kippur is a gift from God to the people of Israel, an exclusively Jewish concept and holiday. This year we approach it with humility.Rabbi Berel Wein, 27/09/2020 15:00
Soldiers or sheep?

Soldiers or sheep?

We pass before the heavenly court as soldiers in the army of King David. but also are like the sheep that exist around Mount MeronRabbi Berel Wein, 15/09/2020 15:15
Finding the balance between Nitzavim and Vayelech

Finding the balance between Nitzavim and Vayelech

How quickly society changes acceptable human behavior! What was unthinkable and perverse is today admired and sometimes even enforced.Rabbi Berel Wein, 09/09/2020 09:55