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Rabbi Yitzchak Zweig

 

Chayei Sarah 5782: Death of a Princess

GOOD MORNING! One of the more important responsibilities of a pulpit rabbi is officiating at life...

Vayeira 5782: Two Years Later...

This upcoming Sunday, October 24th, the 18th of Cheshvan, is the second yahrzeit of our beloved...

Lech Lecha 5782: Nobel Prize Surprise

GOOD MORNING! What is it about the Jewish nation that makes it so unique? Of course, there are...

Lech Lecha 5781: Testing 1, 2, 3

GOOD MORNING! We are certainly living in challenging times. Due to COVID-19, many millions of...

Noah 5782: Noah’s “Arc”

GOOD MORNING! Americans have a love affair with pets. In 2020 it was estimated that almost 70% of...

Bereishis 5782: The Ideal Marriage

GOOD MORNING! The Jewish nation is commonly referred to as the “People of the Book.”...

Sukkot 5782: A Time for Unity!

GOOD MORNING! On this upcoming Monday night, September 21, begins the seven day holiday of Sukkot...

Ha'azinu 5782: For Me or For You?

GOOD MORNING! To the delight (and immeasurable relief) of parents all over the world, most schools...

Vayelech 5781: Who Are You? Yom Kippur Edition

GOOD MORNING! The ten-day period that begins with the two days of Rosh Hashanah (this year, Sept....

Nitzavim 5781: Judging Those Who Judge

GOOD MORNING! This upcoming Monday night, September 7th, begins the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The...

Ki Tavo 5781: The Secret to Happiness

GOOD MORNING! One of the remarkable features of living in the time known as the “Information...

Ki Seitzei 5781: Denial: It’s Not Just a River in Egypt

GOOD MORNING! In this column I would like to explore the concept of actively fooling oneself,...

Shoftim 5781: Stereotyping: Evil or Necessary?

GOOD MORNING! Usually when I write a column and send it off into the ether I wonder what readers...

Re'eh 5781: America’s Tipping Point

GOOD MORNING! The Olympics always seem to bring out a certain type of American exceptionalism...

Eikev 5781: For Love, Not Money

GOOD MORNING! Unfortunately, almost every state in the USA has seen a marked uptick in new COVID...

Va'etchanan 5781: Mi Casa es Su Casa

GOOD MORNING! The legal concept of the inviolability of one’s home has been known in Western...

Devarim 5781: Peace, Not Pieces

GOOD MORNING! As we have previously discussed, Tisha B’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish...

Mattos-Masei 5781: A Time to Cry

GOOD MORNING! The “Three Weeks,” which span the 17th of Tammuz through the 9th of Av...

Pinchas 5781: And Justice for All

GOOD MORNING! One of the more polarizing topics in the United States of the 21st century surrounds...

Balak 5781: Control Your Own Destiny (Or Someone Else Will)

GOOD MORNING! In the course of our lives we often come into contact with difficult people. These...

Chukat 5781: The Debt of Gratitude

GOOD MORNING! I have written several times on the incredible benefits of being a grateful person...

Korach 5781: Might Not Always Right

GOOD MORNING! One of life’s most challenging and ongoing struggles is trying to find the...

Shlach 5781:What is Real Regarding Israel?

GOOD MORNING! Thankfully, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as it were, has receded from being...

Beha'alosecha 5781: Great Enough to be Humble

GOOD MORNING! As a proud member of the “Boomer” generation I can certainly identify...

Naso 5781: You’re Not the Boss of Me!

GOOD MORNING! Last week the CDC finally approved removing face masks indoors for those who are...

Bamidbar 5781: All for One, One for All!

GOOD MORNING! This upcoming Sunday night, May 16th, begins the holiday of Shavuot. In Israel, this...

Behar-Bechukotai 5781: The Power to Empower

GOOD MORNING! Over this past year I have spent a significant amount of time in a small town in...

Emor 5781: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

GOOD MORNING! Perhaps the most critical function in life is that of communication. Every...

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781: Live with a Vengeance!

GOOD MORNING! This past week, Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility suffered a major attack in...

Tazria-Metzora 5781: Eye See You!

GOOD MORNING! As the United States slowly begins to reopen from the closures and lockdowns of 2020...

Shemini 5781: To Eat or Not to Eat?

GOOD MORNING! I have on occasion written about some of the spirited discussions and disagreements...

Passover 5781: It’s About The Love!

GOOD MORNING! Passover, which began on Saturday night, March 28th, continues this week. Presuming...

Tzav 5781: Don't Pass-Over This!

GOOD MORNING! This upcoming Saturday night, March 27th, after sundown, begins the holiday of...

Vayikra 5781: Friends Halve the Pain and Double the Pleasure!

GOOD MORNING! One of the advantages of getting older is the length of the relationships one has...

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781: The Haziness of Laziness

GOOD MORNING! One of the ever-present issues related to the pandemic and mostly staying at home...

Ki Tisa 5781: The Injustice of Judgement

GOOD MORNING! This past week I began to contemplate how important it is to maintain an objective...

Tetzaveh 5781: Purim - The Rest of the Story!

GOOD MORNING! Whether you are young or old, this is one of the most highly anticipated weeks on...

Terumah 5781: A Purim Story - Something Funny is Going On!

GOOD MORNING! We are now in the Hebrew month of Adar, a month associated with joy. It is also the...

Mishpatim 5781: The Pleasure is All Mine

GOOD MORNING! A couple of weeks ago I discussed the concept of selfishness vs. altruism and the...

Yitro 5781: What's in a Name?

GOOD MORNING! What’s in a name? Actually, quite a bit. The vast and from a philosophical...

Beshalach 5781: Selflessness and Selfishness

GOOD MORNING! For many years now I have had an ongoing disagreement with one of my sons about the...

Bo 5781: Inaugural Responsibilities

GOOD MORNING! With the presidential inauguration on January 20th, the country is going to...

Va'eira 5781: Group Therapy

GOOD MORNING! Most of us have had that experience where someone makes a particularly unpleasant...

Shmot 5781: Fighting Illiteracy and Apathy; Don’t Know and Don’t Care

GOOD MORNING! As I sit here writing this week’s column, the stillness of the rural...

Vayechi 5781: King or Servant?

GOOD MORNING! As we close the book on 2020, I wanted to reflect on the two most important stories...

Vayigash 5781: Get Peace or Pieces

GOOD MORNING! This past week I had a new experience – a “White Hanukah.” The...

Don’t Worry - Be Happy!

GOOD MORNING! As we slowly meander towards the end of 2020 – the year that wasn’t...

Vayeshev 5781: Let There Be Light!

GOOD MORNING! This year the holiday of Hanukah begins on the night of December 10th. Hanukah has a...

Vayishlach 5781: 'Til Death Do Us Part

GOOD MORNING! Recently, I have been contemplating the concept of “archenemy” and no,...

Vayetzei 5781: How Much Am I Loved? Let Me Count the Ways...

GOOD MORNING! This week almost everyone here in the USA celebrates the holiday of Thanksgiving and...

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