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MARRIAGE

June is traditionally the month of marriages in the Western world and judging by the number of wedding invitations that my wife and I have recently received, this June appears to be an especially bountiful month. The institution of marriage is one of the fundamental ideas and supports of Judaism. The Jewish family is the only method of proven continuity in the Jewish world and it has been...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

FLOWERS

Having just recently celebrated the holiday of Shavuot and with the onset of the current summer season, Jerusalem is awash in flowers. The Jerusalem municipality has planted flowers all over the city and private citizens have also done their part from their balconies and flower boxes. One of the features of Israeli life is the constant presence of flowers. There are weekly Shabat flowers, paying...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

STANDARDS

All societies are governed by standards of behavior, accepted norms and the setting of goals, both societal and personal. In dictatorships these norms, goals and challenges are set by the ruler or by an oligarchy that rules. In a democratic society the setting of standards must spring from the society itself. But what standards does such a society set for itself? Are these standards to be...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

BOOKS AND DISKS

I recently received a flyer advertising a new set of CD-Rom disks that contain 15,000 scholarly Torah-oriented books on its shiny small surfaces. I have a decent library of books in my home but not by any stretch of exaggeration can my library be said to contain 15,000 books. In order to house the books that I do own I have had numerous bookshelves and bookcases built in various areas of our...

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Rabbi Berel Wein