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THE TRUTH HURTS

We are all well aware that it is oftentimes not polite or wise to state the whole truth when human sensitivities are involved. The Talmud in one of its famous statements asks the rhetorical question: “If one has purchased an item in the marketplace, should his friend praise the purchase or denigrate it?” The Talmud apparently feels that it is discourteous if not even downright mean to...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

TAZRIA

One of the primary commandments in Judaism is to marry and have children. In the Garden of Eden we find Adam and Chava blessed by God and told to procreate and fill the world with people. For the Jewish people, having children has become a demographic necessity. Even though it is nearly seventy-five years since World II and the resultant Holocaust, the Jewish people has not as of yet made good on...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

SHMINI

The Torah itself records the reaction of Moshe to the tragic deaths of the sons of Aharon. Moshe tells his grieving brother that the Lord had informed him, “that I will sanctify My name through those who are nearest to Me.” Therefore even though the harsh judgment against Aharon – the dramatic and unexpected deaths of his two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu – dominates the mood of the...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

I received a great deal of comment about my last week’s article on the mental and social regression of a large section of Israeli society. Most of the comments were neither complimentary nor critical but were rather requests for more specifics about the need for change in the mindset of much of Orthodox Jewry here in Israel and in the Diaspora as well. Still under the influence of Purim and...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

שמיני

התורה עצמה מספרת לנו על התגובה של משה למותם הטרגי של בניו של אהרון. משה מספר לאחיו המתאבל שהקב"ה הודיע לו "בקרוביי אקדש", שמו של הקב"ה יתקדש באמצעות אלה שקרובים לו ביותר. לכן, על אף שהגזירה הקשה על אהרון - מותם הדרמטי...

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Faigie Gilbert

העבר וההווה

קיבלתי הרבה הערות על המאמר שלי בשבוע שעבר על הנסיגה המנטאלית והחברתית של חלק גדול בחברה הישראלית. רוב ההערות לא היו מחמאות או ביקורת אלא בקשות לפרטים נוספים על הצורך בשינוי בהלך הרוח של היהדות האורתודוכסית בישראל וגם...

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In My Opinion
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Faigie Gilbert

TZAV

A great deal of the words in this week’s holy parsha are devoted to instructing Aharon and his children in the duties and Temple ritual of the priestly family of Israel. We are also witness to the installation ceremony of Aharon and his children into their holy and exalted status. The Talmud debates the question whether Aharon and his family are to be seen as God's representatives to the...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

REGRESSING

One of the unfortunate delusions that besets both our general and Jewish societies is that we are somehow advancing in an unbroken line upwards towards better times. We gaze triumphantly at all of the great technological gadgets and medical advances that give us such satisfaction and pride. In the Jewish world we revel in the new freedoms that we now routinely expect and enjoy and in our...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYIKRA

Though this parsha, like much of the rest of the book of Vayikra, is replete with difficult detail regarding very esoteric, spiritual and even mystical topics of Temple service and animal sacrifices, there is a basic and important message that the Torah wishes to communicate to us amidst this welter of detail. And, I feel that this message is the recognition that sin is a constant part of human...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

UKRAINE AND US

Ukraine occupies a very tortured and bloody place in the history of Eastern Europe. Sandwiched between Poland, Austro-Hungary and Russia and being neither Polish nor Russian in language, faith and ethnic culture, it always found itself in a very bad neighborhood. Stalin and Khruschev starved five million Ukrainians to death in the 1920s to enforce their agricultural collectivization program....

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In My Opinion
by
Rabbi Berel Wein