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Rabbi Yitzchak Zweig

 

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...

Toldot 5781: Two Jews, Three Opinions

GOOD MORNING! As Americans watch the 2020 presidential election slowly fade and disappear in the...

Chayei Sarah 5781: A Burning Issue

GOOD MORNING! As I sit here composing this week’s column, all of us here in the...

Vayeira 5781: One Year Later

GOOD MORNING! I hope this week’s column finds you and your loved ones well and in good...

Noah 5781: Talk about Delugional!

GOOD MORNING! With the presidential election now visible on the horizon, both Republicans and...

Bereishis 5781: Begin with the End in Mind

GOOD MORNING! This week’s Torah portion marks the dawning of a new Torah reading cycle. That...

Sukkot 5781: A Time for Unity!

GOOD MORNING! On this upcoming Friday night, October 2, begins the seven day holiday of Sukkot...

Ha'azinu 5781: Atonement = To Be One With

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins next Sunday evening, September 27. The upcoming Shabbat that falls...

Rosh Hashanah 5781: You live your life. Growth is optional.

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashanah begins this upcoming Friday evening, September 18th. Rosh Hashanah is...

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5780: Begin with the End in Mind

GOOD MORNING! Studies have shown that people usually remember the beginning of something (first...

Ki Tavo 5780: Heads I Win; Tails You Lose

GOOD MORNING! As schools cautiously begin to open all over the country I am reminded of the...

Ki Seitzei 5780: Social Unrest and Antisemitism

GOOD MORNING! This past week a reader reached out and told me that she was having trouble sleeping...

Shoftim 5780: Justice For All

GOOD MORNING! As the nation hurtles toward the final and most intense stage of the 2020...

Eikev 5780: I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends...

GOOD MORNING! In the mid-1990’s I was chaplain of an Orthodox Boy Scout troop. Five or six...

Va’etchanan 5780: That Healing Feeling

GOOD MORNING! Culminating the mourning period of the “three weeks” beginning with the...

Devarim 5780: Everyone's a Critic

GOOD MORNING! In this week’s edition we are going to discuss a very complicated subject...

Mattos-Masei 5780: Commit to Commitment

GOOD MORNING! By now you have surely heard of the dreaded COVID-19. No, not the disease, the 19...

Chukat-Balak 5780: Give Someone Peace of Mind; Not a Piece of Yours

GOOD MORNING! For the past month or so, we have seen peaceful and not so peaceful demonstrations...

Shabbat Shalom Template

GOOD MORNING! These past few weeks the nation has been rocked by the aftershocks resulting from...

Shlach 5780: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

GOOD MORNING! As the world continues to slowly open up, we are confronted by the reality that we...

Beha'alosecha 5780: Bottoms Up!

GOOD MORNING! The past few months have been a time of tremendous upheaval. I had an interesting...

Naso 5780: Money is a Great Servant But a Bad Master (Francis Bacon)

GOOD MORNING!As the United States slowly begins to open, the businesses that were closed the last...

Shavuot 5780: Take Two Tablets and Call Me in the Morning

GOOD MORNING! If there was ever a contest for a Jewish holiday that didn’t get the proper...

Bamidbar 5780: Ethics of Our Fathers

GOOD MORNING! Many stories that have emerged in the last few months are prime examples of...

Behar-Bechukotai 5780: What’s More Valuable Than Money?

GOOD MORNING! Simply stated, the COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc on the world,...

Emor 5780: What Type of Friend are You?

GOOD MORNING! Some of you may remember reading in these pages about a person named Sam...

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5780: A Freudian Slip Up

GOOD MORNING! There’s a parable told of an eminent psychiatrist who is walking down the...

Tazria-Metzora 5780: When is the Truth the Biggest Lie?

GOOD MORNING! In response to my manifesto last week on the COVID-19 virus (it was a...

Shmini 5780

GOOD MORNING!This Wednesday evening, Jews all over the world will begin to celebrate the holiday...

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