About the Author


Rabbi Berel Wein

Rabbi Berel Wein is the founder and director of the Destiny Foundation. For over 20 years, he has been identified with the popularization of Jewish history through lectures, more than 1000 audiotapes, books, seminars, educational tours and, most recently documentary films.

Rabbi Wein has authored five Jewish history books ― including Faith and Fate, the story of the Jews in the Twentieth Century ― all of which have received popular and critical acclaim. His newest book is The Oral Law of Sinai, an illustrated history of the Mishnah logic, legend & truth.

Rabbi Wein, a member of the Illinois Bar Association, is the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the Covenant Foundation. Most recently, Rabbi Wein received the Torah Prize Award from Machon Harav Frank in Jerusalem for his achievements in teaching Torah and spreading Judaism around the world. Rabbi Wein lives and teaches in Jerusalem. Visit his site at http://www.rabbiwein.com


IKEA & Peace in the Middle East

Why does my acquisition keep collapsing, and where’s the warranty?

Rabbi Berel Wein: Influences & Reflections

The notable historian describes some of the pivotal figures who shaped his outlook as a community rabbi.

Miracle of Israel #11 - Pressing the British

The British arrest Jewish leaders, and Eleanor Roosevelt visits the refugees.

Miracle of Israel #10 - The Exodus Ship

The British refuse a boatload of desperate Holocaust survivors entry into Israel.

Miracle of Israel #9 - Clandestine Immigration

Jewish refugees make a secret, treacherous journey to the Promised Land.

Miracle of Israel #20 - Independence and War

For the first time in 2,000 years, the Jews regain sovereignty over their ancient homeland.

Miracle of Israel #19 - Countdown to Confrontation

The British evacuate the Galilee region, while Jews disagree over the nature of the future state.

Miracle of Israel #18 - Palestinian Refugees

Arab leaders promise to “liberate the land.”

Miracle of Israel #17 - Siege of Jerusalem

Jewish settlements are attacked by various Arab legions.

Miracle of Israel #16 - Arab Violence

The Zionist enterprise gives rise to massive anti-Semitism in Arab countries.

Miracle of Israel #15 - UN Partition Plan

World powers endorse the formation of a Jewish state.

Miracle of Israel #14 - Diverse Jewish Groups

The impact of Zionism on Reform, Orthodox, and Sefardic Jewry.

Miracle of Israel Videos

A series that captures the two most monumental events in recent Jewish history – the Holocaust and the birth of the State of Israel.

Miracle of Israel #13 - Soviets and the UN

An Iron Curtain goes up in eastern Europe, and the United Nations seeks a solution in Palestine.

Miracle of Israel #12 - Public Opinion

American Jewry gets behind the Zionist cause, as the British defer to the United Nations.

Miracle of Israel #8 - Jewish Response

The ragtag Jewish underground fights back against 100,000 British personnel.

Miracle of Israel #5 - Homeless and Stateless

The survivors' desperate attempts to locate lost relatives.

Miracle of Israel #7 - Political Hopes

Ben Gurion brought the message of Zionism to the hopeless Holocaust refugees.

Miracle of Israel #6 - British Refugee Policy

For fear of jeopardizing oil interests, the British refuse to allow Jews into Israel.

Shabbat Table

Preparing the Shabbat table -- gleaming silver and satin white - is a labor of love.

Miracle of Israel #2 - Survivors & Sefardic Jews

Coming to grips with a civilization destroyed.

Miracle of Israel #1 - Aftermath of the Holocaust

Liberating the camps, and the Nuremberg trials. (Viewer discretion is advised.)

Heroes

The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.

Cheese and Flowers

Why do we eat dairy foods and decorate the synagogue on Shavuot?

Miracle of Israel #4 - Rebuilding the Community

Jewish refugees seek shelter back in Poland or in DP camps.

Kristallnacht's Timeless Lesson

Converting the fires of Kristallnacht into the fire of Judaism and Jewish life.

Miracle of Israel #3 - Test of Faith

The flame that sustained the Jews in the darkest days.

Machine Matzah

The square matzah or the round matzah: What shall you eat?

Jerusalem, Earthly and Heavenly

There is no way for a body to survive once its heart has been broken asunder.

Selling the Chametz

Pack up your crackers and sell them for a week.

The Fragility of Freedom

What it means to be free.

The Tenth of Tevet

One day commemorates a variety of Jewish tragedies.

Apples and Honey

Discovering the traditional origins and meaning of Rosh Hashanah's most famous foods.

Hearing the Matzah

If the matzah could talk, what would we hear?

Mincha - The Afternoon Prayer

Mincha is an oasis of spiritual time in a tough workday, a moment of calming nerves and focusing on priorities.

Suddenly Jewish

Jews raised as gentiles discover their Jewish roots.

Jewish Travel

What motivates us to fly off to some distant unknown land? We are seeking to find ourselves.

Making Judaism Work

Why doesn't Torah observance create a better person automatically?

Hebron and The Struggle for the Holy Land

Why are the three places in Israel that the Torah records as legal property of the Jewish people in dispute?

Running on Empty

Israelis are feeling a sense of desperate tension.

Ice-Cold Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers chicken out. Now what about the rest of us?

Intellectual Honesty

Acknowledging and admitting one's limits is a sign of greatness, not weakness.

Israel's Strength

National strength isn't defined by military might alone. It's also based on unity, mutual respect, and a clear sense of purpose.

Jewish Amnesia

Along the way to the modern world, what has happened to the Jewish People's collective sense of memory?

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