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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 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), […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Lech Lecha
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“One Day We Will All Be Together” I picked him up at the airport. He was arriving in Baltimore, where I was then a rabbi, to deliver an address and then return home to New York. The plane was late, so that when he came, I told him that we would have to hurry to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Noach
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“Filling in the Blanks” The Torah is replete with inspiring stories of its heroes. The lives of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and David, to name just a few, are narrated at great length and in vivid detail. Their noble acts and admirable accomplishments are described, and even their occasional faults or failures are not hidden from […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column: Bereshis
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“Angelic Advice” It is a lesson that I was first taught as a schoolchild, just beginning to study Torah. But, like so many other important lessons in life, I ignored it back then, only to finally learn it as an adult. But then, I learned it the hard way. The lesson was a simple one: […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Ha’azinu
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“Repression of the Sublime” 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 […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayelech
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“One Verse, Many Lessons” We met in a Jerusalem café, and I must admit that, although they recognized me, I neither recognized nor even recalled any of them. That is, until they began to reminisce about their common experience as students of mine. Suddenly, the many intervening years evaporated, and I felt as if I […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Nitzavim
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“Twice Born” We have lately become accustomed to reading accounts of clergymen, teachers, and rabbis who take advantage, in very ugly ways, of the young people who are in their charge. Whenever I read these accounts, I think back to when I was a young boy and to some of the rabbis and teachers that […]