Author Archives: Eliezer Simcha Weisz

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

Never Far From the East: Remembering Our Connection to Israel

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The poignant verse “My heart is in the East, and I am at the end of the West” (לִבִּי בְמִזְרָח וְאָנֹכִי בְּסוֹף מַעֲרָב) from Rabbi Yehuda Halevi’s poem “Libi B’Mizrach” expresses a deep longing for the Land of Israel. This idea, of constantly remembering and holding onto our connection to Israel, has remained a central theme ...

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Honoring the Widow’s Cry

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Honoring the Widow’s Cry: Rav Levin’s Example to Uplift the Mother The Torah in Parshas Mishpotim teaches us :”You shall not abuse a widow or an orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry.” When the position of Jerusalem’s Chief Rav became vacant, the leaders ...

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What Will Happen the Day After the War?

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz There is a debate about what will happen the day after the war and there is an argument over whether we should be planning for the aftermath of the war during the time of war. We must be aware that for hundreds of people who have been killed, it is already the day after, as ...

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The Bookends of Parshas Yisro Teach Us: Slowly but Surely

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Jewish people have been at war for almost four months now. The immediate desire, naturally, is for victory. We live in an age of instant gratification – fast food, internet access, and the constant yearning for quick solutions, be it peace or the Messiah’s arrival. However, our weekly Torah portion, Yisro, offers a universally ...

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Not Just Chosen, But Chosen To…

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Parshas Yisro refelections on todays challenges to Am Yisrael Throughout our history, we have been compelled to defend ourselves in Disputations, confronting accusations against the Jewish people and our  Holy Texts. However, never before have we faced such a disgraceful accusation as Israel faces in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Israel ...

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