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MAASEI

There is a trend amongst all biblical commentators in the Jewish world to view the biblical description of past events that occurred to our ancestors from the time of Abraham through the beginning of Second Temple times as being not only a description of past events but to also subtly indicate the course of all events that would befall the Jewish people. This type of idea perhaps helps us to...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

IMPERFECT DEMOCRACY

Winston Churchill once famously said that “democracy is a terrible system of government but it is better than any other system.” The irony of that statement has been borne out by the past events of this last century and by current events. It is true that Hitler ruled as a megalomaniac dictator. However, his rise to power was by democratic means and through electoral success. Once in...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

THE TERRIBLE TRUTH

In my many decades as a public speaker I have encountered many reactions to my words. Though most people love me and are enthralled by what I have to say, many times people have somehow vehemently disagreed and have informed me of their negative opinions. Sometimes people have even walked out while I was still speaking to express their displeasure. Once or twice I remember being heckled by...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

MATOT

The subject matter that begins this week's parsha concerns itself with vows and commitments that one undertakes to perform or to abstain from. There is an entire tractate in the Talmud – Nedarim – that discusses this subject almost exclusively. In Jewish life, even an oral commitment in many cases can be considered to be binding. The Torah expressly teaches us that one should live up to and...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

פנחס

בתוך כל העצבות והחרדה שעדיין עוטפת אותנו בישראל ובכל העולם היהודי כולו, נכנס סיפורו של פנחס, הקנאי הצדיק, שמקבל משמים שכר על מעשה הקנאות והאלימות שלו, כשאנחנו עדיין מתאוששים ממעשי הרצח, מהטילים ומהאבדות שספגנו...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ומי ילך לנו?

בחיזיון הגדול שראה הנביא ישעיהו בשמים בתחילת הקריירה הנבואית שלו, הוא שמע את המילים "את מי אשלח ומי וילך לנו?" הפסוק הזה בספר ישעיהו תמיד סימן בעיניי את הדרך לשפוט מנהיגים יהודים ואנשים חשובים אחרים. יש רגעים בחיים...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

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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Rabbi Berel Wein

בלק

פרשת השבוע מציעה לנו את ההזדמנות לפגוש את המייסדים הלא רשמיים של ארגוני זכויות האדם של ימינו. כאן אנחנו רואים את אבות אבותיהם של קתלין אשטון, שרת החוץ של האיחוד האירופי, של מנהיגי הכנסייה הפרסביטריאנית בארה"ב, של...

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Faigie Gilbert

מודרנה ומסורת

האתגר העיקרי לכל הדתות, ובוודאי ליהדות, במאתיים השנים האחרונות היתה השאלה כיצד להגיב לבעיות שצמחו מתוך החיים המודרניים. החיים המודרניים כוללים, בין היתר, קדמה טכנולוגית, כלכלה גלובלית, רעיונות של חופש אישי ולאומי...

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Rabbi Berel Wein