Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Ha’azinu

September 3, 2013, by

Repression of the Sublime It was advertised as one symposium at a major psychology conference. It was to be a discussion about memory and forgetfulness. But it turned out to be one of the most intense and instructive days that I have ever witnessed. The first speaker began by insisting that the fact that we […]

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Re’eh

July 26, 2013, by

It is difficult to tell you much about my high school friend without disclosing his identity. He is now world-famous, having become a major figure in the field of high finance. So, in the interests of protecting his privacy, I will alter some of the facts of the story I am about to tell. For starters, let’s call him Eugene.

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Eikev

July 22, 2013, by

As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one’s children.

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Va’etchanan

July 15, 2013, by

“Religion is good for you.” “A religious person is a mentally healthy person.” Statements such as these could not have been made when I was a graduate student in psychology back in the 1960s. Quite the contrary. The prevalent belief in the mental health profession then was that religion was a neurosis, and that religious people needed to abandon their irrational beliefs.

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Devarim

July 8, 2013, by

I have kept my time-worn copy of Roget’s Thesaurus in my personal library since I was in the seventh grade. It was given to me by my teacher, a Mr. Zeller, who introduced me to the beauty of language and who first stimulated my fascination with words. He taught me to use this thesaurus in order to use language effectively and with precision.

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Matot-Masei

July 1, 2013, by

“Honesty and Integrity” Every so often, I come across a sentence of another person’s writing which expresses one of my own thoughts in a language far superior to my own. Over the years, I have contemplated and written about the concepts of “honesty” and “integrity” and the difference between the two. But never was I […]

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