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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 […]
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 […]