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Parshat Ekev: The Tefillin Inside Me
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Parshat Ekev includes the fourth and last of the Parshiot of Tefillin. In the context of the mitzvah of Tefillin one puts all four Parshiot both on the arm and on the head. Throughout our Parsha series we have described the two basic impulses of life as Doing and Being. The two components of Tefillin […]
The Morality of Love
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Something implicit in the Torah from the very beginning becomes explicit in the book of Devarim. God is the God of love. More than we love Him, He loves us. Here, for instance, is the beginning of this week’s parsha: If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the […]
Parshat Va’etchanan: Loving is Listening
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The ancient kabbalistic work “Sefer Yetzera” deals extensively with the creative power of speech. However, when it lists the three organs of love, it does not mention the mouth. The three organs of love according to “Sefer Yetzera” are the heart and the two ears. Loving is listening. This point is often missing as speaking […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Eikev
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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.