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A SAD, SAD WORLD

There is a well-known anecdote/legend that circulates in the Mussar/yeshiva circles about a young yeshiva student who left the yeshiva world and its environment to find his fortune in far distant fields. At the time that he left the yeshiva he had a beard and dressed modestly as was his Jewish tradition. A decade later he met by chance on the street the head of his former yeshiva. The former...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

PEKUDEI

One of the many new but somehow always temporary buzzwords that are so beloved in our current society is “transparency.” In our current world's lexicon this word has substituted for what earlier in my life our teachers used to call “accountability.” No matter, the idea is the same; namely, that when it comes to public funds and positions one is held to be responsible to the nth degree...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

פקודי

אחת המילים האופנתיות החדשות, שמשום-מה הן גם תמיד זמניות, שאוהבים להשמיע בחברה שלנו היום היא "שקיפות". בלקסיקון של עולמנו היום המילה הזאת היא תחליף למה שבשלב מוקדם בחיי המורים שלי נהגו לכנות "מתן דין וחשבון". הכוונה בשני...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

עולם עצוב-עגום

יש אגדה/אנקדוטה מפורסמת שהסתובבה בעולם הישיבות ובתנועת המוסר על בחור ישיבה צעיר שעזב את עולם הישיבה ואת סביבתו כדי לחפש את מזלו במחוזות רחוקים. כשעזב את הישיבה, הוא היה מזוקן ולבוש בצניעות בהתאם למסורתו...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYAKHEL

One of the main questions that all of the commentators to this week's parsha raise is why the Torah again discusses the prohibitions of the Sabbath. The Torah has done so a number of times in the previous parshiyot of Shemot so one might question this seemingly unwarranted repetition. One of the ideas presented in their comments I feel to be especially relevant to our world. We do not find that...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ON BECOMING LEFT-HANDED

While walking on a darkened street here in Jerusalem near my home last week while having an animated conversation with my wife over the frustration of the world’s treatment of Israel, the Jews and Judaism, I neglected to look where I was going and tripped over a curb and fell heavily on my arm. Eventually I was diagnosed as having a crack or chip in one of the bones of the elbow. Originally, I...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ויקהל

אחת השאלות העיקריות בפרשת השבוע שכל המפרשים שואלים היא מדוע התורה דנה שוב באיסורי השבת. הואיל והתורה כבר עשתה זאת מספר פעמים בפרשיות קודמות בספר שמות, אפשר לשאול מדוע יש צורך בחזרה המיותרת הזאת. אחד הרעיונות שעולים...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

להפוך לאיטר

בשעה שהתהלכתי ברחוב חשוך ליד ביתי בירושלים בשבוע שעבר כשאני משוחח עם אשתי על התסכול מהיחס של העולם לישראל, ליהודים וליהדות, לא שמתי לב לאן אני הולך, מעדתי על המדרכה ונפלתי בכבדות על היד. אחרי בדיקות, התברר שיש לי סדק...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

MY KEYBOARD

A few days ago my computer screen showed me the dreaded words “your keyboard batteries are low.” Well even I know how to replace batteries or so I thought. For then I discovered that one of the batteries was completely wedged and stuck in the small tube that governs the keyboard. I could not remove it no matter how hard I tried or whatever instruments of destruction I used. So I took the...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

KI TISA

Though the main topic of this week's parsha is certainly the fateful and nearly fatal incident of the Golden Calf, the opening subject of the parsha also bears study and insight. We see throughout the Torah that there is an emphasis placed on counting the numbers of Jews that left Egypt, those that existed in the Sinai desert and finally, those that arrived in the Land of Israel. In this...

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Rabbi Berel Wein