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, 1/1/2021, 2:35 PM
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, 12/28/2020, 11:00 PM
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, 12/25/2020, 2:33 PM
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, 12/15/2020, 11:11 PM
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, 11/26/2020, 3:00 PM
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, 11/19/2020, 1:00 PM
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, 11/10/2020, 2:34 PM
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, 11/2/2020, 4:00 PM
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, 10/26/2020, 2:00 PM
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, 10/14/2020, 4:00 PM
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, 10/5/2020, 11:32 AM
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, 9/27/2020, 3:00 PM
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, 9/15/2020, 3:15 PM
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, 9/9/2020, 9:55 AM
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, 8/27/2020, 1:00 PM
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, 8/24/2020, 11:36 AM
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, 8/20/2020, 10:00 AM
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, 8/7/2020, 12:46 PM
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, 7/28/2020, 11:59 PM
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, 7/16/2020, 2:35 PM
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, 7/9/2020, 1:34 PM
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, 6/25/2020, 9:01 AM
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, 6/12/2020, 10:02 AM
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, 6/6/2020, 10:18 PM
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, 5/28/2020, 2:00 PM
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, 5/3/2020, 10:25 AM
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, 12/24/2019, 9:11 AM
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, 9/20/2017, 3:44 PM
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, 5/7/2015, 3:54 PM