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Psalm 120 – “I am for Peace, and They are for War” (Tehilim 120:7)

February 13, 2014, by

The Chapter appears to be divided into three parts, all of which are related in one way or another to the human faculty of speech: Passuk 1, P’sukim 2-4, and P’sukim 5-7. In the first part, David is expressing the awesome power of “Tefila,” Prayer, and also the fact that it is possible for some […]

Honesty

September 6, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You with verbal confession.” We are always apologizing. New research contends that most of us apologize about four times a week. We say sorry all of the time. Reading the findings might lead us to believe that as people we are honest, generally contrite, humble, able to confront our […]

Discipline

August 23, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You by eating and drinking.” In the “Al Het” sin list we read multiple times over Yom Kippur, the appearance of a confession about eating and drinking seems odd; it feels prosaic and trivial next to unwarranted hatred or speaking ill of others. It takes physical strength to fast; […]

Tisha B’av Kinot 5772

August 2, 2012, by

“Grappling With Destruction” – Rabbi Weil’s Kinot from Tisha B’Av 5772. Recorded as part of the Orthodox Union’s Tisha B’Av webcast at Boca Raton Synagogue, in Boca Raton, FL on July 29, 2012.

To Question, That Is the Question

July 26, 2012, by

All growth comes through discomfort. Sometimes we find ourselves troubled by a nagging, nameless concern that feels like a pebble in our shoe. It doesn’t cause great harm but irritates with each step until finally we must stop to remove it. Discomfort alerts us to the fact that something is wrong. When we face situations […]