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THE GIFT OF GENERATIONS

The Lord blessed me last week with the birth of a great-grandson. As I began writing this article I almost slipped and wrote “another” great-grandson. I have been blessed many times over with becoming a great-grandfather. But I caught myself and did not write “another” great-grandchild because the birth of every great-grandchild is unique and special. I come from a generation where I and...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYISHLACH

One of the basic questions raised by the commentators to the Torah as well as by all of Jewish history is determining the true relationship of Jacob and Esau. Is Esau the implacable enemy of Jacob and so has he remained throughout human history? Or, is he only the wayward brother of Jacob who is capable of reconciliation and cooperation in building a better and more just society? This...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

וישלח

אחת משאלות היסוד שמעלים מפרשי התורה ועולה שוב ושוב לכל אורך ההיסטוריה היהודית היא שאלת היחסים האמיתיים ששוררים בין יעקב ועשיו: האם עשיו הוא אויבו בנפש של יעקב ולכן הוא בוודאי יישאר כזה לכל אורך ההיסטוריה? ושמא הוא רק...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

מתנת הדורות

האלקים ברכני בשבוע שעבר בהולדת נין. כשהתחלתי לכתוב את המאמר הזה כמעט כתבתי "עוד" נין. התברכתי פעמים רבות בזכות להפוך לסבא-רבא, אבל תפסתי את עצמי בזמן ולא כתבתי "עוד" נין, כי הלידה של כל נין היא מיוחדת וייחודית. אני בא מדור...

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In My Opinion
by
Faigie Gilbert

HALF EMPTY

I have always attempted to be a pragmatist, a realist, if you will. The advantage of being such a realist is that one is rarely truly shocked or surprised by the events of life as they unfold. The highs of life are not really that high and the lows are not really that low. It becomes a matter of perspective, of patience, and above all, a matter of faith. It is the high expectations that we...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYETZEI

Our father Yaakov faced many difficult challenges in his long and tumultuous life. This week’s parsha highlights one of the major challenges that any individual can face – the physical and emotional disconnect from one’s family and familiar surroundings. To add to this challenge’s complexity, there is the fact that he is forced to live in a very hostile environment. His work is...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ויצא

יעקב אבינו התמודד עם הרבה אתגרים קשים בחייו הארוכים ורבי התהפוכות. פרשת השבוע עוסקת באחד מהאתגרים הקשים שיכולים לעמוד בפנים כל אדם – הניתוק הגופני והרגשי ממשפחתו ומסביבתו המוכרת. וכמו כדי להוסיף למורכבות של האתגר...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

החצי הריק

תמיד השתדלתי להיות אדם פרגמאטי, ריאלי, אם תרצו. כשאתה אדם מהסוג הזה, היתרון הוא שרק לעתים נדירות אתה נתקל במשהו שבאמת מדהים או מפתיע אותך. אתה מבין שהשיאים של החיים אינם כל כך גבוהים, וגם נקודות השפל אינן כה נמוכות...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

JEWS AT PRAYER – SOME REFLECTIONS

The horrific murders of people at prayer that recently occurred in Jerusalem raises many more questions than answers. The responses to it were varied. CNN saw in it that Israeli police killed two Palestinians. Israeli politicians made their usual vapid comments, promises and revenge statements, all of which in the past have led nowhere. Learned rabbis and savants have attempted the futile task of...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

TOLDOT

Perfect parents do not always produce perfect children. This week’s parsha is a perfect illustration of this truism of life and family. There apparently was very little that Yitzchak and Rivka could do to reclaim Eisav to their way of life and level of morality. He was, perhaps, incapable of moral improvement the moment he was born. There existed, and perhaps still exists, a great debate...

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Faigie Gilbert