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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 […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Chayei Sarah
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“Better the Servant Than the Student” “You can’t find decent help these days!” This is a common complaint heard in middle-class homes, particularly in Jewish kitchens during the season of preparations for Passover. Happily, my wife and I have been blessed, over the years, with some excellent domestic help. Usually, they were African-American women who […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayera
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“Dystopia” I never thought that I would begin a discussion of the weekly Torah portion by referring to a person who was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Never, that is, until I sat down to write this week’s Person in the Parsha column. The person in question is Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), […]