Rabbi Berel Wein

For Tu Bishvat: Israel's agricultural blessings

The infamous Peel Commission issued its learned conclusions in 1936 stating that the entire land of Israel – then Palestine under British mandate – could not support a population greater than 2 1/2 million souls. And now... , 1/30/2018, 7:13 PM

Democracy is messy

The old religious – secular bugaboo has reared its head once more and as usual harsh and unnecessary invective is being employed by all sides of this debate. , 1/25/2018, 3:21 PM

A burning desire to replace wrong with right

Moses' life is characterized by a burning passion for justice., 1/7/2018, 9:53 PM

O! Jerusalem

It is not so much that the world wants Jerusalem – after all it was a wasteland and backwater location for many centuries whether under Christian or Moslem rule – it is simply that the world does not want the Jews to have Jerusalem. , 12/26/2017, 4:50 PM

Vayigash: In this world good has to be its own reward

Good deeds do not necessarily mean a tranquil and untroubled life for those who do them., 12/20/2017, 12:34 PM

Passings

Every generation has special people that affect the lives of many of their contemporaries as well as the lives of later generations. G-d deals them out sparingly, but there is always at least one., 12/19/2017, 5:43 PM

The brotherrs who could not speak peacefully to one another

Would that we be in the midst of a reconciliation, as took place in the story of Joseph., 12/8/2017, 10:09 AM

The UN and Israel

It helped create Israel but has attempted numerous times to destroy it as well, while the Muslim world would have solved the 'refugee' problem had the UN not helped perpetuate it., 12/5/2017, 11:46 AM

Confrontations

Deep down in the hearts of all concerned, there is the fear that the last chapter in this struggle has not yet been written. , 12/1/2017, 11:55 AM

US Jewish leaders are fighting the wrong battle

American Jews may know that somehow they are the people of the book but they don't know what book is being referred to. There is little hope for their eventual survival as a vital part of the Jewish people., 11/28/2017, 2:42 PM

People of the tents

Jewish existence as a reminder of spiritually and decency., 11/24/2017, 1:00 PM

Balancing today's norms

Extremism rarely if ever results in the sanctification of God’s name in the world. , 11/22/2017, 3:35 PM

The wreckage of empty wells

We have always longed to be fresh, new and different than our ancestors. And we have paid dearly for it., 11/18/2017, 10:35 PM

100 years since the start of Communist rule

History is a brutal teacher. It does not support false doctrines., 11/13/2017, 1:49 PM

A century of Balfour

The Balfour Declaration was an emotional impetus to the idea that the exile of Israel could and would diminish and end., 11/11/2017, 10:16 PM

The vanishing American traditional Jew

The reason for the waning of the Conservative Movement., 11/1/2017, 10:34 PM

The angels that walk among us

Civilization is the story of human transformation. , 10/31/2017, 5:55 PM

The frist wandering Jew

It wasn't just a travel experience, it was a lesson for generations to come., 10/25/2017, 10:01 PM

After the holidays

There are no Jewish holidays until Hannukah. We hve to make do with memories of the holidays of the month of Tishrei, about to end., 10/17/2017, 1:15 PM

Sukkot: Finding a place for the soul

In a way, Sukkot is a natural continuation of Yom Kippur., 10/5/2017, 6:08 AM

The annulment of vows on Yom Kippur

Why are we so confident that Heaven will agree to this and truly wipe that slate clean for us? , 9/29/2017, 1:56 PM

Belgian chickens

We are invested in scandals, personal failures and rumors, and the great issues are ignored., 9/12/2017, 1:52 PM

What Moses said came true

Simply put, the vindication of the prophecy and words of Moshe themselves are one of the strongest pillars of faith upon which Judaism and the Jewish people rest., 9/7/2017, 9:47 AM

Lost causes

It is as though all of our battles have been won and there are really no new worlds left to discover and conquer.  , 9/3/2017, 9:45 AM

Ki Tetsei: Temptation

Usually we do not carry out the acts that tempt us simply because of lack of opportunity and not necessarily because of our piety., 9/1/2017, 10:06 AM

Seeing correctly

Only clear vision can lead to wise and correct choices., 8/20/2017, 12:55 AM

Re'eh: Sight and vision

The commandments that the Torah enjoins us to observe are a form of corrective lenses to aid us in seeing things clearly and accurately. , 8/16/2017, 6:45 AM

Eikev: Step carefully

What does Eikev represent?, 8/10/2017, 11:51 PM

Shabbat Va'etchanan - Nachamu: Hope brings consolation

The Jewish people always believe that there are better days ahead. , 8/4/2017, 4:47 PM

Fake religion

The attempt of the Moslem world to elevate their dispute with Israel into a matter of jihad and holy war has left the world vulnerable to fanaticism and unending violence. , 8/1/2017, 10:10 PM

Wandering Jews

Today's largest Jewish communities are different, but can still work together., 7/23/2017, 8:13 AM

Thoughts on the haredi anti-IDF rally in New York

The recycling of ideas that have been proven to be mistaken blocks the chance of accepting reality., 6/22/2017, 10:36 PM

Behaalotcha: The light of the Temple menorah

Torah from the Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanasi, Jerusalem, noted author and lecturer., 6/7/2017, 11:42 PM

Bamidbar: Counting means love

Things of value require counting and cataloging. That is human nature. , 5/26/2017, 9:51 AM

Focus or vision?

One sees only the trees, the other the forest., 5/11/2017, 2:08 PM

Jewish do-gooders: Naivete is worse than ignorance

Believing in the possibility of Utopia on earth when bombs are going off in marketplaces is worse than ignorance., 5/8/2017, 11:40 AM

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: We need the mitsvot

Judaism is in the details of observance., 5/5/2017, 11:17 AM

Tazria-Metsora: In Jewish life, less is more

Why and how tsoraat affects three categories of human life and society – the human body, clothing and houses. , 4/27/2017, 8:32 AM

Deviating from Torah law leads to consequences

The Talmud states that consuming non-kosher food stops up the hearts of otherwise good Jews., 4/20/2017, 9:53 PM

Parshat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol

Tthe connection between Tzav and Shabbat Hagaol explored and explained. , 4/7/2017, 3:44 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Accountability

Transparency and accountability in the parsha., 3/23/2017, 1:42 AM

Stuck in the middle

Real life dilemmas mirror Israel's situation all too well., 3/14/2017, 9:00 PM

Is he a little too Jewish? Is Israel?

There is no question as to David Friedman’s abilities or credentials. The problem with Friedman is that he is too openly Jewish for the Reform Movement., 2/28/2017, 4:41 PM

Damage control

The laws and consequences of human behavior., 2/22/2017, 9:39 PM

The real test of new Jewish movements

Open Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends. , 2/15/2017, 12:41 PM

The paradigm for Jewish survival

The entire story of the Jewish people descending into Egyptian slavery and then being extricated is essentially supernatural in detail. , 2/1/2017, 12:19 AM

Crises in Jewish history

Some crises are gradual and some sudden., 1/19/2017, 7:56 AM

Jacob lives on

Yaakov recognized the different personalities, qualities and talents of each of his children and grandchildren. , 1/11/2017, 7:03 AM

Our brother Joseph stands before us

It is hard to change one's mind when it means changing an entire mindset., 12/30/2016, 8:34 AM

College campuses

We are back to the days when Jewish students kept a low profile., 12/11/2016, 3:00 AM

Are parents responsible for how their kids turn out?

The story of the two brothers, Esau and Jacob, is a paradigm., 12/3/2016, 6:59 PM

Chayei Sarah: Mothers of Israel

They are stalwart, loyal and above all, cognizant of the need to create a future for the Jewish people., 11/24/2016, 8:52 AM

Unpopular leaders

Popularity is a very slippery way to judge the correctness of policies and the competence and temper of leaders who will be judged by history., 11/20/2016, 11:49 PM

God's seal is truth

The Talmud describes our world as being “a world of falseness.” , 11/17/2016, 11:54 PM

Looking at generations

Today many of us have the chance to look at several generations of our family in our lifetimes., 11/9/2016, 4:12 PM

Self worth

The Abraham figure as a model for the future., 10/29/2016, 8:12 PM

Sukkot perspectives

The only happiness that is lasting and meaningful is an inner happiness not caused by outside stimuli or fleeting factors. , 10/20/2016, 9:23 AM