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KI TAVO

This week's parsha deals with the frighteningly accurate prediction of the awful fate of the Jewish people over its long exile. The tochacha chillingly forecasts the horrors of the Holocaust and of all of the previous destructions, persecutions, pogroms and disasters that have befallen the Jews over the long centuries of dispersion. The Torah itself in a forthcoming parsha asks the obvious...

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Rabbi Berel Wein

ABANDONED EMPTY SYNAGOGUES

The current discussion and division of judicial and governmental opinion regarding the abandoned synagogues of Gush Katif is a painful reminder of the fate of other synagogue buildings the world over. It should be obvious to all, that for synagogue buildings to serve their intended purpose, there must be living Jews present in them to use the facility. Otherwise the synagogue building remains...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

KI TEITZEH

The Torah discusses the problems of war in this week

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

NATURAL DISASTERS

I was in the United States when the disaster of Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and its southeast Gulf Coast. It seems that natural disasters are regular events in the lives of millions of human beings. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and hurricanes are all regular visitors, if not permanent residents on our planet. The overwhelming forces of nature make mockery of humankind's...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

SHOFTIM

A lawless society is the worst of all curses. The rabbis in Avot cautioned us to pray for the welfare of government for without the presence of its restraints and police powers,

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

OPPORTUNITIES

The distressing events of the past two weeks here in Israel have left us all in a state of sadness and depression. No matter what one's opinion is regarding the government's policies, the events and pictures of the evictions from Gaza are burned into our minds in a tragic manner. Yet, in a perverse and perplexing sense, I believe these events present the religious community here in Israel, if not...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

EKEV

The word ekev, which is the name of this week

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

THE COMFORT ZONE

The seven weeks that stretch from Tisha B'Av until Rosh Hashana are the seven weeks of comfort - <i>shiva d'nechemta.</i> The haftorot that are read on the Sabbath during these seven weeks are all taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah and predict better times ahead for Israel and humankind generally. The Hebrew word nechama, which is usually translated as comfort or condolence, has a deeper...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein

VAETCHANAN

This week

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Weekly Parsha
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Rabbi Berel Wein

SAD TIMES

The Tisha B'Av season carries with it many sad and bitter memories for the Jewish people. The destruction of both the first and second Temples occurred on that date and these events are the primary reasons for the commemoration of the day as being one of fasting and mourning. However, over the long centuries of Jewish exile other tragic events occurred during the Tisha B'Av season and their...

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In My Opinion
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Rabbi Berel Wein