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VAYISHLACH

Many commentators over the ages have seen in the two confrontations between Yaakov and Eisav – first the struggle with Eisav’s angel and then the meeting with Eisav in the flesh – the two-front war that Judaism and the Jewish people have been forced to fight over millennia in order to simply survive. The struggle with Eisav’s angel, as described in the parsha, represents a spiritual...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

MORE SOULFUL

The organizations that claim to represent American Jewry meet this week in their annual General Assembly gathering. Once every five years this meeting takes place in Jerusalem, while rotating around American cities the other four years of the cycle. Surveying the wreckage of much of current American Jewish society, there is now a call for a much more soulful approach to Judaism and Jewish life...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ויצא

כשיעקב אבינו עוזב את ביתו, האיש שהיה רגיל ללמוד בשלווה ולהיות "יושב אוהלים" מוצא את עצמו מיד לבד בעולם עוין. כשהוא שוכב לישון על האדמה בלילה ומניח את ראשו על אבן, הוא חייב להקים בלילה מחסומים שיגנו עליו מפני חיות פרא...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ישראל הבודדה

הנביא מתאבל על כך שאין לירושלים אנשים שמתעניינים בה ושואלים לשלומה. זה נכון באופן כללי לגבי מדינת ישראל וירושלים היום. בעולם היום יש הרבה עניין ב"פלשתינאים" ובמאבק שלהם לשים קץ למדינה היהודית כך או אחרת. טענות...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYETZEI

Our father Yaakov leaves his home, he who is accustomed to study, tranquility, and to “dwelling in tents,” and immediately finds himself alone and endangered in a hostile world. A rock is his pillow and he must erect barriers at night to protect himself from wild animals (both four and two footed) as he sleeps on the ground. Though he is reassured by Heaven and by his grand dream and vision...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

LONELY ISRAEL

The prophet bemoans that Jerusalem lacks people who are interested and inquire after her welfare. In a general sense that is the case regarding the State of Israel and Jerusalem today. There is a lot of interest in the world today regarding the Palestinians and their cause, of ending the existence of the Jewish state, one way or another. The presentation of the historic and justified...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

RABBI OVADYAH YOSEF

I was not in Israel when Rav Ovadyah Yosef passed on to his eternal reward. However, even in Brazil where I was at the time it was front-page news and pictures of the enormous funeral procession accompanied the obituary article. Rarely has one person had such an imposing effect upon the lives of millions of others as did Rav Yosef. His greatness in Torah knowledge was unquestioned, even by...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

TOLDOT

The troubling question that has persisted throughout the ages of biblical commentary on this week’s parsha is: What is Yitzchak thinking in regard to giving the blessings and heritage of Avraham to Eisav? Basically the comments and explanations fall into two categories. One of them is that Yitzchak is fooled by Eisav and is really unaware of his true nature and wanton behavior. Rashi,...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

תולדות

היחס לעשיו השאלה המטרידה שמלווה את הפירוש לתורה לפרשת השבוע בכל הדורות היא כזאת: איזו חשיבה עומדת מאחורי ההחלטה של יצחק לתת לבנו עשיו את הברכות ואת המורשת של אברהם? התשובות ופירושים לשאלה זו מתחלקים לשני סוגים. לפי...

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הרב עובדיה יוסף

לא הייתי בישראל כשהרב עובדיה יוסף הלך לעולמו ולשכרו. עם זאת, אפילו בברזיל, שבה שהיתי באותה עת, אלה היו חדשות שהופיעו בעמוד הראשי עם תמונות של תהלוכת הלוויה העצומה ומאמר הספד. נדיר שלאדם אחד יש השפעה גדולה כל כך על חייהם...

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