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Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Yitro
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“I Know vs. Now I Know” Assembling complicated gadgets is generally facilitated by the printed instructions that the factory provides. Occasionally, however, there are no instructions, either because of the manufacturer’s negligence or because of his assumption that there is no one out there dumb enough not to be able to figure out how to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Beshalach
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“Simple Belief, Genuine Belief” There was a time in my college days when I seriously considered majoring in philosophy. The rabbinic training program in the yeshiva that I attended did not include systematic study of the philosophy of religion. We focused instead upon the intensive study of Talmud and the Codes of Jewish Law. Our […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Bo
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“Let’s Talk It Over” I have long believed that all conflicts between people could be settled if the parties to the dispute would agree to simply sit down together and talk. There are, of course, times when I have come to question this belief. I often wonder whether it is not merely a vain fantasy […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Vayehi
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“The Yoke’s On Us” We all have received blessings at one time or another. We have certainly received compliments. Over the course of time, we learn that sometimes the compliments are clearly flattering. But occasionally, ambiguous statements are made to us, leaving us confused and unable to determine with certainty whether we are being complimented […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayigash
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“Wagons, Calves, and Responsibility” I have been blessed with many fine teachers. She was one of the best. Her name was Mrs. Lachmann. I no longer recall her first name. She taught an advanced course in world literature at the college I attended, and she insisted that we call her Mrs. Lachmann, although, as I […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayeshev
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“Man Plans, God Laughs” You thought your life would run smoothly, right? We all do. Then, something comes off, tragic or happy, which proves to us that life is not smooth at all, and probably is not supposed to be. Somehow, each of us has a personal script which envisions what our lives will be […]
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. […]
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 Parsha Column, Toldot
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“Strength, Patience, and Hope” When I was a young boy, I had two distinct images of a strong man. One was of Charles Atlas. Do you remember him? If you do, you are no longer a youngster. Pictures of Charles Atlas appeared on the rear cover of the comic books that I voraciously read as […]