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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Ki Tetzei
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“Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?” It is a story that deserves to be told. In order to fully appreciate it, some background is necessary, especially for those unfamiliar with the natural disaster that struck the greater New York metropolitan area in 2012. The disaster was known as Superstorm Sandy. She hit the eastern coast of the […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Shoftim
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“Kohanim and Kings” Did you ever argue politics with an anarchist? How about theology with an atheistic communist? Well, I’ve done both and have learned a lot in the process. It all goes back to a bench in Hester Street Park, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, near the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva where […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Re’eh
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“How’m I Doing?” If your child, employee, or colleague asks you that question, you can be sure that he or she is sincere, wishes to learn, and will succeed. The person who asks, “How am I doing?” is asking for constructive feedback. That person is expressing a need to know whether or not he is […]
Answering Unanswered Prayers
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Did you ever really pray for something you wanted? I mean, really fervently, desperately, pray hard for something that was vitally important to you? If you did, and I think we all pray this way at moments of urgency, you violated an anonymous piece of wisdom: “Be careful what you pray for, because you just […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Matot-Masei
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“The Kiss of Hope” Would you ever imagine that our holy Sages had a lot to say about a kiss? Would we not assume that kisses would be judged unworthy of their consideration? But such is not the case. They had much to say about kisses. The significance of the kiss was brought home to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Balak
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“Doing It My Way” Most of us have had occasions in our lives when we acted as supervisors over others. It might have been in our role as parents disciplining our children, it might have been as employers giving instructions to employees, or it might have been any number of other contexts in which we […]