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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
Cause and effect in family situations

Cause and effect in family situations

Part of the reason for improper human behavior violating Jewish values, is the shortness of vision that our limited years impose upon us.Rabbi Berel Wein, 27/08/2020 13:00
All zoomed out

All zoomed out

Our Sages characterized it best by saying that a student’s eyes should see his teacher not only when he is teaching but throughout life.Rabbi Berel Wein, 24/08/2020 11:36
Shoftim: Choose a leader who can do the job

Shoftim: Choose a leader who can do the job

The Torah is in favor of law and order and of choosing leaders who can do the job.Rabbi Berel Wein, 20/08/2020 10:00
Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Human civilization needs a little less hubris, less arrogance, more minimal expectations, realization that it is not our will that prevails.Rabbi Berel Wein, 07/08/2020 12:46
Who is it demonstrating right outside my window tonight?

Who is it demonstrating right outside my window tonight?

I am not really clear as to what they are demonstrating for. I completely understand what they are demonstrating against. Op-edRabbi Berel Wein, 28/07/2020 23:59
Matot-Masei: Torah leadersihip means keeping one's word

Matot-Masei: Torah leadersihip means keeping one's word

The elders of Israel, the leaders of the tribes were taught directly by Moshe the entire Oral Law as received by him at Mount Sinai. Why?Rabbi Berel Wein, 16/07/2020 14:35
Aaron and Pinchas, two diametrically opposed personalities?

Aaron and Pinchas, two diametrically opposed personalities?

When the situation demands it, the gentle priest becomes a man of war, who can and must take decisive and even violent action.Rabbi Berel Wein, 09/07/2020 13:34
All about the "experts"

All about the "experts"

I do not believe what the experts are telling me because what they told me years ago never occurred. I am old enough to remember. Opinion.Rabbi Berel Wein, 25/06/2020 09:01
Must Israel be Utopia?

Must Israel be Utopia?

For much of Jewish history, the Jews were absent from the Land of Israel.  Because of this, it became an imagined place of perfection.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/06/2020 10:02
Going back to Egypt has never been a positive solution

Going back to Egypt has never been a positive solution

The uncertainty of the future that is descending upon us can make us anxious but we have to live with the fact that the world has changed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 06/06/2020 22:18
Naso: A sense of mission

Naso: A sense of mission

A humble heart and a head held high at one and the same time is the demand the Torah places on our leaders - and us.Rabbi Berel Wein, 28/05/2020 14:00
Thrown into leadersihip

Thrown into leadersihip

Included in the tragedy of the deaths of the 2 older sons of Aaron is the response of the two younger sons who have to rise to the occasionRabbi Berel Wein, 03/05/2020 10:25
The only way to protect American and European Jews

The only way to protect American and European Jews

Diaspora Jews can live locked-down in fortress synagogues, schools and community centers, or they can live free lives in Israel. Robert Harris, 24/12/2019 09:11
Rosh Hashanah: Remembrance and optimism

Rosh Hashanah: Remembrance and optimism

Rosh Hashanah is a time for reflecting on our national and personal past, but also a time to look ahead.Rabbi Berel Wein, 20/09/2017 15:44
Watch: Lag B'Omer, Reminder of Messianic Rebellion

Watch: Lag B'Omer, Reminder of Messianic Rebellion

Famous scholar Rabbi Berel Wein explains the holiday's connection to revolt against Roman occupation and message of resilience.Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar, 07/05/2015 15:54