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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayetzei
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“Tears” Many years ago, when I was studying for my doctorate in psychology, we had a number of fairly strict requirements in addition to our courses in psychology. For example, we were expected to possess a reading knowledge of two foreign languages, and Hebrew was then not one of them. We were also required to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Vayishlach
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“Jacob’s Strategy: A Model for Jewish Leadership?” Regular readers of this column on the weekly Torah portion are familiar with my style. They know that I usually focus upon some early personal memory and connect it to the parasha. Within each parasha, I select a less-known incident, or relatively minor personality for reflection and elaboration. […]
Toldot: Different Forms of Power
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The professor was wrong. But in his field of expertise he was always right. His name was Dr. Dennis Wrong, and his surname made him the object of much teasing, at least during his childhood. He was a prominent sociologist, and I took a course from him while still in graduate school. The course was […]
Chayei Sarah: Sarah, Esther, and the Sleepy Students
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Jews live their lives within the framework of the Jewish calendar. At this time of year, we identify strongly with the narratives contained in the weekly Torah portions that we read in the synagogue. Our thoughts are with the biblical characters of the current parshiyot. We live in the company of Abraham and Sarah, Lot, […]
Vayerah: Quiet Strength
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The election season is finally over. Whether we are disappointed with the results or gladdened by them, we unanimously breathe a sigh of relief that the campaign has concluded. We are especially appreciative of the fact that we no longer have to hear grandiose promises expressed by each candidate, promises that we all know will […]
Lech Lecha: Solidarity or Separation?
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What is a family to do when one member abandons its norms and traditions? This problem has confounded families since the beginning of time. How does a family handle its prodigal son, or sons? Curiously, the term “prodigal son” is associated in the popular consciousness with a wayward son who is welcomed back into the […]
Noach: Connecting the Dots
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Only a few of the games that I played during my childhood are still popular today. One of them is “connect the dots.” Nowadays, it comes in some very sophisticated and complex versions. But I remember it from the days in which we were given coloring books and instructed to connect several dozen numbered dots […]
Bereshit: “Ignorance is Bliss?”
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“Ignorance is bliss.” There was a time not too long ago when the mention of these three simple words in the midst of a friendly conversation would have engendered a long and interesting discussion, perhaps even a debate. There would have been speculation about the origin of the statement. Who was it that said “ignorance […]
Ha’azinu: Repression of the Sublime
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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 remember things is obvious. […]
Vayeilech: The Hidden Face and the Silent Song
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Too many times in the history of our people, we have been compelled to ask the question, “Where is God?” Too many of our prophets, beginning with Moses himself, have been confounded by the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” Philosophers have so struggled to reconcile the concept of a benevolent deity with the evil […]