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WHO WILL GO FOR US?

In the great vision that the prophet Isaiah witnessed in Heaven at the onset of his immortal prophetic career, he heard a voice that asked: “Who shall I send and who will go for us?" That verse in Isaiah has always been a marker for me as to how to judge Jewish leaders and other people of note. There are moments in life and in history when that question reverberates throughout the Jewish...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

PINCHAS

In the midst of the sadness and angst that envelops us yet here in Israel and throughout the entire Jewish world, the story of Pinchas, the righteous zealot, rewarded by Heaven for his act of zealotry and violence, intrudes. We are still reeling from the killings and rockets and losses that we have so recently suffered. So, what are we to make of this most puzzling incident recorded for us in...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

BALAK

This week’s parsha offers us the opportunity to meet the unofficial founders of the Human Rights Organizations of our time. Here we see the ancestors of Kathleen Ashton, who is the head foreign affairs person of the European Union, the leaders of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the left-leaning anti-Semitic professors of academia the world over, the neo-communist Putin and the...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

MODERNITY AND TRADITION

The major challenge to all religions and certainly to Judaism over the past two centuries has been the religious reaction to the problems raised by modernity. Modernity encompasses but is not limited to technological progress, a global economy, ideas of personal and national freedom and a search for a more equitable distribution of wealth and well being amongst all human beings. This...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

CHRISTIANITY AND ISRAEL

It is well known, though hardly discussed in public, that the creation and existence of the State of Israel has created serious theological problems for sections of the Jewish community. But the creation and existence of the State of Israel has created even greater theological and emotional problems for much of the Christian world and many different branches of the overall Christian religion. ...

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In My Opinion
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Faigie Gilbert

CHUKAT

Moshe is finally done in by the requests of the Jewish people in the desert – this time again for their water supply. In his exasperation about their constant litany of complaints and grumblings, he transgresses over God’s commandment to speak to the rock and instead he strikes the rock with his staff. His punishment for this act is swift and dramatic. He will not step into the Land of...

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Faigie Gilbert

KORACH

In the entire biblical narrative of the sojourn of the Jewish people in the desert of Sinai, the tribe of Levi is not mentioned as being a participant in any of the rebellions and mutinies of the Jewish people against God and Moshe. The tribe of Levi stood firm in its faith and loyalty during the disaster of the Golden Calf and rallied to the side of Moshe to stem that tide of idolatry. In...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

A GENERATION DEPARTS

Time inexorably does its work. King Solomon ruefully pointed out that “Generations come and generations leave and yet the earth itself eternally remains.” The generation that experienced World War II and the Holocaust Jews who lived through it is rapidly departing from our midst. At the seventieth D-Day commemorative ceremonies two weeks ago very few actual participants in that great venture...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

שלח

הסוגיה העיקרית שעולה בפרשת השבוע היא איך ייתכן שכל כך הרבה מנהיגים חכמים וצדיקים לכאורה בעם ישראל עושים טעות כה יסודית בחזון ובשיקול הדעת שלהם ובכך דנים את עצמם ואת האנשים שהם מנהיגים למוות ולחרפה. כל מפרשי התורה...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

תפילה לשלום

התפילה הציבורית המדוברת למען שלום ופיוס בין ישראל לרשות הפלשתינית התקיימה השבוע בוותיקן ברומא. האירוע התקיים בחסותו ובמשכנו של האפיפיור פרנסיסקוס, והשתתפו בו מנהיגים דתיים וכמרים בכירים משלוש הדתות המונותיאיסטיות...

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In My Opinion
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Faigie Gilbert