Masei and the Journey of Our Lives

July 21, 2014, by

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  – Ernest Hemingway Imagine yourself on a commuter train. It is a train you journey each and every weekday, day in and day out. You board at the station nearest your home, following the same […]

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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Masei: Zionism

July 21, 2014, by

There must be at least a thousand jokes that begin, “A Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi, and a Protestant minister enter a bar….” I’ll begin this week’s column with a story about a Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi, and a fine Jewish layman. They won’t be entering a bar together, that’s for sure. They won’t […]

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Parshas Matos

July 17, 2014, by

In this week’s Sedra, Hashem commands Moshe Rabeinu to take revenge upon the Midyanites for His sake. Hashem then tells Moshe that after fulfilling this commandment, he will pass on. Thus, knowing that he is bringing himself closer to his passing on, Moshe Rabeinu immediately acts upon Hashem’s command to round up the troops and […]

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First of the Tlasa d’Peranusa

July 17, 2014, by

This week’s Haftorah is the first of a trilogy. It is the first of the three Haftoros that are read during the Bein-Hametzarim. The Haftorah is a collection of Nevuos of Yirmiyahu. The bulk if the Haftorah consists of a rebuke to Klal-Yisroel, of warnings not to persist in its sinful course of action, as […]

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Conflict Resolution

One of the hardest tasks of a leader – from prime ministers to parents – is conflict resolution. Yet it is also the most vital. Where there is leadership, there is long-term cohesiveness within the group, whatever the short-term problems. Where there is a lack of leadership – where leaders lack authority, grace, generosity of […]

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