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PATIENCE

Patience is not really a Jewish virtue. The Talmud records for us that a non-Jew made this observation to one of the great rabbis when he called the Jews ama peziza - a hasty, impetuous folk. The non-Jew was referring to the impetuosity of Israel at Mount Sinai when they accepted the Torah unconditionally without waiting to hear all of the details of the Law from God through Moshe. But as a...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

סבלנות

הסבלנות איננה באמת תכונה יהודית. התלמוד מספר לנו שגוי אחד ציין זאת בפני אחד הרבנים הגדולים כשכינה את היהודים "עמא פזיזא", עם פזיז וקצר רוח. אותו גוי דיבר על קוצר הרוח של בני ישראל בהר סיני, כאשר קיבלו את התורה בלי תנאי, בלי...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

TOLDOT

How many times has it occurred that a piece of paper or another type of item that you may have believed to be unimportant at the time and thus carelessly misplaced or thrown out, turns out to be the one important item necessary for your records or accomplishments? What is unimportant and of little consequence at one moment in life may assume great value at a later stage of life. This is pretty...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

פרשת תולדות

כמה פעמים קרה חשבתם שנייר או מסמך איננו חשוב באותו הרגע, ולכן שמתם אותו בצד בלי לשים לב היכן או איבדתם אותו, ורק אחר-כך גיליתם שהוא חשוב ובדיוק הדבר שנחוץ לכם ביותר לעניין כזה או אחר? דבר שנראה פעוט ערך וחסר חשיבות ברגע...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

FAMILY FAULTS AND FEUDS

Jewish tradition is rife with details of sibling rivalries, family feuds and enormous disappointments with children and descendants. The Bible itself provides us with sufficient examples of these sad but all too common characteristics of human life. Lot, Yishmael and Eisav are the prime examples of this problem in the lives of our forefathers. The story of Yosef and his conflict with his brothers...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

CHAYEI SARAH

After the death of Sarah, Avraham remarries to a woman named Keturah. Rashi, following Midrash, states that she was Hagar, the woman whom he had married earlier at the behest of Sarah herself and who became the mother of Yishmael. The Torah records for us that Avraham fathered further children with Ketura and that these children left the house of Avraham to found families and clans of their own...

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

DEBATES AND ARGUMENTS

The Talmud and in fact the Tanach itself is full of debates and disputes. In fact, the given and accepted method of Talmudic study is to debate and discuss each point thoroughly and logically. Throughout Jewish history, great issues have been debated and argued. These issues, moral, spiritual, national and practical were all brought into sharp focus and relevance by the presence of these ongoing...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAYERA

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Rabbi Berel Wein

INDIVIDUALS AND HISTORY

Douglas Southall Freeman was recognized as one of the premier American historians of the twentieth century. He was a confidant of presidents, a noted author and Pulitzer Prize winner and a man of great charm and character. During the Cold War he was the thorn in the side of the Leftist academicians who insisted that the inexorable tide of history was on the side of the Soviet Union and that the...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

LECH LECHA

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