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THE STRONG AND THE WEAK

Chanuka represents a triumph, in the words of the al hanism prayer recited during this holiday, of “the weak over the strong.” There is no doubt that the words “weak” and “strong” that appear in the prayer refer to physical, military strength. The Syrian-Greek army that waged war against the Hasmonean rebels was far larger and better equipped – elephants, et al – than was the...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

JEWS AND JUDAISM

I have often stated that one should never confuse Jews with Judaism itself. Jews are human beings, prone to error, folly and foolishness. Judaism however sets Godly standards and goals and though it is vastly tolerant of all sorts of human beings, it does not adjust its standards or worldview to make wrong right, bad good or aberrant behavior normal and acceptable. The State of Israel...

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יהדות ויהודים

לא פעם אמרתי שאסור לבלבל בין יהודים ליהדות לעצמה. יהודים, ב� וסף להיותם יהודים הי� ם ב� י אדם, עם � טייה לטעויות ולמעשי שטות ואיוולת. היהדות לעומת זאת, קובעת אמות מידה ומטרות אלוקיות, ועל אף שהיא סובל� ית כלפי כל ב� י...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYESHEV

As is well known, our father Yaakov is the prototype for the future generations of the Jewish people descended from his loins. Thus when Yaakov after a long, painful, dangerous and crippling experience in exile returns to his ancestral home he wishes only to dwell in peace and tranquility with himself and his neighbors. But immediately there descends upon him the ongoing tragedy of Yosef and his...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

פרשת וישב

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VAYISHLACH

Our father Abraham had the greatness and ability to transform three seemingly Bedouin Arabs into angels when they visited his home. In this week’s parsha, Eisav has the destructive quality of converting, according to one Midrashic interpretation, the angels that Yaakov sent to greet him into people of force and violence. The former angels literally beat up on Eisav’s men in order to...

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פרשת וישלח

לאברהם אבינו היתה הגדולה והיכולת להפוך שלושה בדואים, לכאורה, למלאכים, כאשר ביקרו אותו בביתו. בפרשת השבוע רואים שעשיו ניחן, לפי מדרש אחד, ביכולת ההרסנית להפוך את המלאכים שיעקב שלח לברך אותו לאנשים עם כוח גופני ואלימות....

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Rabbi Berel Wein

שכר

אחד החוקים העיקריים בהלכה היהודית שמסדירים את היחסים בין עובד ומעביד הוא הדרישה הבלתי מתפשרת לשלם לעובדים על עבודתם ושירותיהם שכר הוגן ובזמן. התורה מציגה את הדרישה הזאת כמצוות-עשה וכמצות-לא-תעשה: " ביומו תתן שכרו" ו"לא...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

WAGES

One of the main laws in Jewish halacha governing the relationship between employees and employers is the ironclad requirement to pay employees for their labor and services in a timely and fair fashion. The Torah makes this into both a positive commandment and a negative prohibition. “On that very day [of his labor] shall you pay him his wages.” “Do not allow the wages of your employee...

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VAYETZE

Of all of the patriarchs, Yaakov is the most representative of all later Jewish history. His story therefore should be viewed as the story of Israel and its relations with the other peoples and faiths in the world. Yaakov flees from the sword of Eisav. On the way to the house of Lavan where he senses that he will find some sort of refuge, he is despoiled and robbed of all of his worldly...

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