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THE CONVERSION BILL

One of the current hot button topics here in Israel is pending legislation to make changes in the current process of converting non-Jews to Judaism. The bill itself underwent many compromises and changes until it was approved by the coalition cabinet for presentation to the Knesset for a deciding vote. The bill, in its original form, was backed by Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, abetted by...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

תולדות

הורים מושלמים לא תמיד מצליחים לגדל ילדים מושלמים. פרשת השבוע היא דוגמה מצוינת לאמת הזאת שאנחנו רואים בחיי משפחות. נראה שיצחק ורבקה יכולים היו לעשות אך מעט כדי להחזיר את עשיו לאורח החיים שלהם ולרמה נאותה של מוסרית. אולי...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

חוק הגיור

אחד הנושאים הכי חמים ושנויים במחלוקת היום בישראל הוא החקיקה שמבקשת לעשות שינויים בתהליך הגיור הקיים במדינה היהודית כיום. החוק עצמו עבר הרבה שינויים ופשרות עד שאושר על ידי הממשלה והקואליציה והועבר לכנסת להצבעה....

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In My Opinion
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Faigie Gilbert

CATS

Like all of the wondrous creatures that the Lord has populated our natural world with, the cat family is most interesting and unique. The big cats such as the lion, leopard and the tiger are marvelous machines of prey, grace and beauty. Their smaller relatives, equally dangerous and equipped with speed and cunning, such as the jaguar and the cheetah are, in their own right, breathtaking in...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

CHAYEI SARAH

The loss of one’s beloved spouse, especially after many years and decades of marriage and shared life, is always a traumatic and shattering blow. Those of us, who unfortunately have also experienced this in our own lives, can testify as to the emotional damage and even physical harm that this sad experience can occasion. We see from the life of our father Jacob that even decades later he...

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Weekly Parsha
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Faigie Gilbert

IKEA

The Swedish furniture maker IKEA made the headlines this past week, even though it was an innocent bystander to the war of words between the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his female Swedish counterpart. Reacting to Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, Lieberman caustically said that “the Middle East and the Palestinian – Israeli dispute is slightly...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYERA

For the Jewish people, one of the hallmarks of our great founding parents was their ability to maintain communication with their Creator. God, so to speak, was a constant living presence in their lives, thoughts and actions. And they were able to hear God’s voice, though God has no voice, and to visualize God even though God has no physical appearance. God spoke to them through the inner voice...

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Weekly Parsha
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Faigie Gilbert

KLINGHOFFER

An elderly, crippled, wheel chair bound Jew by the name of Klinghoffer was thrown overboard from a cruise ship by Arab terrorists about a decade ago. Klinghoffer’s only crime was that he was Jewish. These facts are uncontested and well-documented. Nevertheless, in the name of artistic freedom, a play was written that justified the murderous deed and intimated that Klinghoffer’s murder was...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

LECH LECHA

Relocating one's self is a challenging task at any age. Doing so in the later stages of life is doubly challenging. It is no wonder that the rabbis of the Mishnah characterized our father Avraham’s move from Mesopotamia to the Land of Israel as being one of the ten major tests of his turbulent life. Leaving all that is familiar and attempting to integrate one's self in a new and strange...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

THE RESIDUE OF THE GREAT WAR

What is Europe’s problem and hang up with the State of Israel? Why is it so focused on this Middle Eastern conflict, almost to the exclusion of other seemingly greater issues closer to home? Anti-Semitism certainly plays a role in this European fixation regarding Israel but I do not believe that it is the sole, and perhaps not even the main catalyst driving European policies, statements and...

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Rabbi Berel Wein