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Noach
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אנכי ממטיר על הארץ ז:ד Why is it that Chazal call rain gevuros geshamim, and why is it put together with techiyas ha’meisim?  The Gra (in Aderes Eliyahu, parshas V’zos Ha’bracha) explains that rain does not function according to the parameters of nature.  The sheim Elokim indicates the function of nature; it is well known that the […]
The Courage to Live with Uncertainty
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For each of us there are milestones on our spiritual journey that change the direction of our life and set us on a new path. For me one such moment came when I was a rabbinical student at Jews’ College and thus had the privilege of studying with one of the great rabbinic scholars of […]
Is the Torah Believable?
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In the six hundredth year of Noach’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Sefer Beresheit 7:11) Science vs. Torah A student asked me an important question. Should we […]
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 […]
Cleansing Waters
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Many of us first heard the narrative sections of the Torah when we were children. “Bible stories” are so deeply embedded in our early learning that they are a part of our collective memory and consciousness, and this familiarity is surely an advantage. On the other hand, because we learned these stories as children, often […]
Beyond Nature
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Are we naturally good or naturally bad? On this great minds have argued for centuries. Hobbes believed that we have naturally “a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.” We are bad, but governments and police can help limit the harm we do. Rousseau to the contrary believed that […]