Author Archives: Eliezer Simcha Weisz

Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weisz is a member of The Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel

The Enduring Lesson: Rabbi Akiva’s Caution Against Complacency

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Rabbi Akiva, renowned for his moral teachings, famously expounded on the verse “ואהבת לרעך כמוך” (“Love your fellow as yourself” – Vayikra 19:18) – a principle he declared the cardinal rule of the Torah, the כלל גדול בתורה (Sifra, Kedoshim, Chapter 4). Yet, in an astonishing paradox, the Talmud relates that Rabbi Akiva’s very students ...

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The Commandment to Maintain Good Family Ties

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Deeper Meaning of “Deror” in the Jubilee Year [Yovel]  – The Commandment to Maintain Good Family Ties   התורה היא נצחית ומוחלטת, וכל פסוק בתורה יש בו משמעות ולקחים עבורנו גם בימינו, גם אם לכאורה מצווה ספציפית אינה ניתנת ליישום במובנה המקורי כפי שמובא בפסוקים The Torah is eternal and absolute, and every verse ...

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Speak and You Shall Say

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Speak and You Shall Say: A Light for Ourselves and Our Children in Times of Darkness- Drawing Inspiration From Great Moments “G-d said to Moshe: Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and you shall say to them: A man shall not defile himself for a deceased among his people.” (Leviticus 21:1) Rashi points ...

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Mitzvot: Not Just Rules, But Wings to Fly

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz In Parashas Acharei Mos, the Torah instructs us on the famous principle of living by the mitzvot (commandments). The pasuk (verse) itself says: “וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֤ם אֶת־חֻקֹּתַי֙ וְאֶת־מִשְׁפָּטַ֔י אֲשֶׁ֨ר יַעֲשֶׂ֥ה אֹתָ֛ם הָאָדָ֖ם וָחַ֣י בָּהֶ֑ם אֲנִ֖י ה’ – and you shall guard My decrees and My laws, that a person shall do them, and he shall live by ...

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The Power of Positive Speech: Lessons from the Torah

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Torah, in this week’s Parsha, offers a profound lesson that extends far beyond the actual laws of the Metzora (one afflicted with tzaraat). It teaches us about the importance of positive speech, highlighting its significance in our daily lives. In Vayikra 14:4, it is commanded that the Metzorah who seeks purification must bring a ...

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The Blind Spots Within: Recognizing Our Own Flaws

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Mishnah and the Kohen’s Inability to See His Own Blemishes This week’s parsha, Tazria, is relevant today although the Negaim mentioned therein are not practiced in the way described in the Torah. The Mishnah, in Negaim (2, 5), describes the duties of a Kohen examining skin blemishes. It states: “כל הנגעים אדם רואה חוץ ...

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Spiritual Food

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Significance of Detail: The Elongated Vav and Rashi’s Word Choice This week’s parsha delves into the intricate laws of kashrut, specifying which animals, fish, birds, and insects are permitted as Kosher (Vayikra 11:42). Amongst many details the Torah states: כֹּל֩ הֹולֵ֨ךְ עַל־גָּחֹ֜ון וְכֹל ׀ הֹולֵ֣ךְ עַל־אַרְבַּ֗ע עַ֚ד כׇּל־מַרְבֵּ֣ה רַגְלַ֔יִם לְכׇל־הַשֶּׁ֖רֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵ֣ץ עַל־הָאָ֑רֶץ לֹ֥א תֹאכְל֖וּם ...

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Are Our Leaders True Leaders?

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The story depicted in Parshas Shemini exemplifies the essence of authentic leadership.. Moshe Rabbeinu was the most humble man on earth (Bamidbar 12:3 וְהָאִישׁ מֹשֶׁה עָנָו מְאֹד, מִכֹּל הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה). His interaction with his older brother Aharon Hacohen over the burning of the sin offering instead of eating thereof by his sons during ...

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Passing the Torch: Moshe’s Hesitation and the Responsibility of Transmitting The Torah Way of Life

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Our success in leaving a lasting impact depends on the successful transfer of knowledge, values, and traditions from one generation to the next. This weighty responsibility falls upon the shoulders of parents, teachers, and mentors, who act as guardians of our collective heritage. The Torah, through a musical  nuance found in Parashat Tzav, sheds light ...

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