Author Archives: Eliezer Simcha Weisz

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

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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Remembrance Is the Key to Preventing Recurrence

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz On the Shabbat before Purim, two Torah scrolls are taken from the ark – one for the regular weekly portion and another for the special maftir reading of “זָכוֹר אֵת אֲשֶׁר-עָשָׂה לְךָ עֲמָלֵק, Remember what Amalek did to you” (Devorim 25:17). This Shabbat is called Shabbat Zachor (The Shabbat of Remembrance) due to this added ...

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Challenges of Leadership: A Torah Perspective from Vayikra to the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Gemara (Berachot 34b) states: “מקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין, In a place where penitents stand, wholly righteous people cannot stand.” The Gemara emphasizes to us that even someone who is not perfect, and overcame challenging situations, can reach an exalted status even greater than that of great righteous people who did ...

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The Unlikely Hero: Lessons from Charbona’s Role in the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Throughout history, seemingly ordinary individuals have defied expectations and orchestrated significant change. Consider Charbona, one of the seven eunuchs who served Ahasuerus and whose timely intervention played a crucial role in the Purim story. Or recall the unlikely courage of Israeli politician Amir Peretz, former defense minister who dared to take decisive action against his ...

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With Hashem’s Help, We Will Not Give Up!

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz There is a principle: סופו נעוץ בתחילתו ותחילתו בסופו, Their end is attached to their beginning, and their beginning to their end. The end and the beginning are connected to one another. Even the beginning and end of each book of the Torah are  connected  and there is a common theme  between the opening and ...

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Toil and Reward: From Effort to Victory

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Never give up, and always try your best – this is the fundamental lesson we can learn from the Torah and Chazal about the value of effort. No matter how challenging the task may seem, we must persevere and put in a sincere effort, for that is what truly matters in the eyes of G-d  ...

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