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SDJW thanks its November writers

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Jewish World thanks and would like to acknowledge those writers whose works appeared on this news publication during the month of November.  They were: David Amos Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Jeremy Ben-Ami Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Stephen Bryen Dane Chapin Tamara Isaacs Ciocci Cynthia Citron Richard L. Cravatts Steve Diamond Joe […]

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Moses set an example for charity chiefs

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — I have written and lectured extensively on the topic of Jewish leadership. I have frequently indicated that I consider Moses our teacher, Moshe Rabbeinu, a role model for those who would be leaders. Once, after a lecture on just this topic, I opened the floor to a […]

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The aliyot of Abraham and his modern-day followers

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — I have always found this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27), especially inspiring and instructive. It is in this parsha that we are told the story of Abraham’s aliyah, of his journey to the Holy Land. What amazes me, and what readers of the Bible […]

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Why do we know so little of Abraham’s childhood?

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — 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 […]

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The sins that we commit in the privacy of our homes

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — We all have our secret lives. I don’t mean to say that each of us has a sinister side, which we wickedly act out in some deep, dark, private world. What I do mean is that we all act differently when we are alone, or with a […]

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Torah considers the actual and the potential

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — There is a phrase that one hears quite commonly nowadays: “It is what it is.” There is something that has always disturbed me about that phrase. To me, the phrase seems to be stating that things will remain as they are and that there is no possibility […]

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Wealth is irrelevant to those with true Torah values

 By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — It is difficult to tell you much about my high school friend without disclosing his identity. He is now world-famous, having become a major figure in the field of high finance. So, in the interests of protecting his privacy, I will alter some of the facts of […]

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True discipline is setting goals, not limits

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one’s […]

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Religious observance may lead to improved mental health

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — “Religion is good for you.” “A religious person is a mentally healthy person.” Statements such as these could not have been made when I was a graduate student in psychology back in the 1960s. Quite the contrary. The prevalent belief in the mental health profession then was […]

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Mere words: the story of Deuteronomy

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK– I have kept my time-worn copy of Roget’s Thesaurus in my personal library since I was in the seventh grade. It was given to me by my teacher, a Mr. Zeller, who introduced me to the beauty of language and who first stimulated my fascination with words. He […]

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Honesty, integrity and the breaking of vows

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — Every so often, I come across a sentence of another person’s writing which expresses one of my own thoughts in a language far superior to my own. Over the years, I have contemplated and written about the concepts of “honesty” and “integrity” and the difference between the […]

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Why rabbis do not encourage religious zealotry

  By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK–Jewish people teach Jewish values to their children, and to all who wish to be informed about their faith. If one is asked “Should I or should I not?” we generally respond with clear and certain advice: “Yes, you should”, if the value is a positive one, or […]

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If you are correct, stay that way!

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK –Very often, we think that if a person is especially spiritual, he cannot possibly be very practical. It is as if religious devotion and good common sense just don’t go together. My own experience has taught me that, on the contrary, some of the soundest advice I have […]

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We should neither be arrogant nor too humble

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — Just as there were six million victims, so were there at least six million stories. One of those stories seems to have occurred many times, because I’ve heard it told by quite a few survivors. It is the story of two or more Jews, witnessing the sadistic […]

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