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תזריע-מצורע

הנגעים הטומאה והטהרה הלכות הנגעים, הטהרה והטומאה הם "חוקים", הלכות שהשכל המוגבל שלנו איננו מסוגל להבין. אולי זה בדיוק המסר שהתורה מבקשת שנלמד ונפנים. הרבה דברים בחיים אינם הגיוניים...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

TAZRIA – METZORA

The laws of plagues, purity and impurity are purely chukim – laws that defy our limited rational capabilities to understand. But this is perhaps the very message that the Torah wishes us to learn and internalize. Much of life is not rational and does not fit into our accustomed schedules and plans. And even the most hardened secularist and/or rationalist must...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

DAYS AND WEEKS

The time of sefirah is upon us and we begin to count the time until the great holiday of Shavuot, the anniversary of our receiving the Torah at Sinai arrives. Our custom is that after the first six days of the sefirah have passed, we not only count the day but the weeks as well. The subject of how to count sefirah correctly is discussed in the Talmud and our current method...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

שמיני

היום השמיני הטקס הגדול של חנוכת המשכן, שנמשך שבעה ימים, חלף. עכשיו, ביום השמיני, מתחילים העבודה הממשית והשימוש הציבורי במשכן. אך את היום השמיני מכתים האסון שבמותם של נדב ואביהו, שני בני אהרן. היום השמיני...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

SHMINI

The great seven day ceremony of the dedication of the Mishkan has passed. Now, on the eighth day, the actual service and public purpose and use of the Mishkan is to begin. But this day will be marred by the tragedy of the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the two sons of Aharon. The eighth day represents the difficulties of life that always follow great and exalting...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

PESACH

What new idea can still be written about Pesach? Over the thousands of years of Pesach one would think that the topic has been pretty well exhausted by now. But it is always current events that provide the framework in thinking about Pesach and its significance. The Jewish people and especially the Jewish state are currently beleaguered, isolated and under dire threats of...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

שבת הגדול

חג הפסח נכנס לחיינו ולבתינו בשבת הגדול שקודמת לו. על אף שבכל הדורות הוצגו תשובות רבות לשאלה מדוע השבת שלפני פסח נקראת שבת הגדול, נראה לי שיש עניין מרכזי אחד שנותן תשובה לשאלה זו, והוא הטענה שגדולת השבת היא-היא...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

SHABAT HAGADOL

The holiday of Pesach is ushered into our lives and homes by the great Shabat - Shabat Hagadol – that precedes it. Though there are many arguments advanced over the ages as to why this Shabat preceding Pesach should be titled as the great Shabat, there seems to me to be one overriding theme that deals with this matter. And that is, that it is the greatness of Shabat...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

צו

עניינו של הציווי המילה "צו" פירושה ציווי, פקודה, הוראה מחייבת. המילה ומשמעותה הן הבסיס להלכה היהודית ולקיום המצוות. כשאנחנו מברכים לפני קיום מצווה, אנחנו אומרים "וציוונו". המילה העברית שמשמשת בפי העם בדרך...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

TZAV

As we all know, the word “tzav” implies command, mandated instruction. The word and its inherent concept is the foundation of Jewish law and ritual observance. In our blessing over the performance of an act of our ritual we state that we have been commanded – v’tizvanu – regarding its performance. The Hebrew word that is commonly and popularly used for the...

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Rabbi Berel Wein