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Conversations with Heroes – Rabbi Berel Wein Speaks about Today’s Chaotic World & What...

21 Shevat 5777 – February 17, 2017
Jewish destiny, the “rear-view mirror” of history.

Another Moderate Haredi Speaks Out

3 Tevet 5774 – December 6, 2013
“I have daughters to marry off and the husbands they want to marry will not accept daughters of someone who is working!”

Airbrushing The Past Creates Problems In The Present

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
There is an old rabbinic anecdote about a rabbi who was called on to deliver a eulogy for someone who had no redeeming social value whatsoever. The rabbi was hard pressed to think of anything positive to say about this person. So when he spoke he solemnly pronounced: “No matter how evil the deceased truly was, he was still a far better person than was his brother!”

Parshas Vayikra: ‘The Call Of Humility’

1 Nisan 5772 – March 23, 2012
“At the time that my wife and I made aliyah, the Ministry of Interior required certification through the chief rabbinate that any new immigrants were Jews in order to qualify for citizenship and immigrant benefits. After an hour-long wait at the ministry to be interviewed, my wife and I sat before a hard-faced clerk. I did not have a letter from a rabbi certifying to my Jewishness, but I felt confident that since I was on the chief rabbinate's list of approved rabbis whose letter would be accepted to verify the Jewishness of others, I would suffer no problem.

The Reason For The Silence

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
It will take a major change of mindset in the religious world before we are able to face down the extremists and not merely be silent in the face of such desecration of the Torah and God’s holy name.

Our Mother’s Lessons

17 Av 5771 – August 17, 2011
All societies survive through the retention of customs and traditions. If ritual law, halacha and Torah observance are the keystones of Jewish existence, the customs and traditions of Israel are the chain that has kept Israel bound to the Torah and its laws and values. The rabbis called the customs and traditions of Israel "the lessons of your mother" - in contrast and at the same time complementing "the teachings and disciplines of your father."

Legends And Fantasies In Jewish Life

5 Tammuz 5771 – July 7, 2011
Legends are necessary for nation building and community cohesiveness. Legends of holy and pious people and legends about villains and the wicked are often subject to fabrication and gross exaggeration, but they leave no doubt in the minds of later generations as to who was the holy and pious person and who was the villain.

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