Author Archives: Eliezer Simcha Weisz

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

Revealing the Hidden Plan

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Lessons on Jewish Persecution from Parshat Vayigash This week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, recounts Yosef revealing himself to his brothers after years of exile and hardship, imparting a timeless lesson for the ongoing struggles of the Jewish people. Much like Yosef’s constant trials, we navigate from one challenge to another, often facing prolonged periods of isolation. ...

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Yosef and His Brothers: Lessons for Israel in Time of War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Things are not always as they seem. In the story of Yosef in Bereshis, we discover Yosef’s unique approach to his brothers. Instead of quickly revealing himself to them, Yosef chooses a longer path. Until the revelation to his brothers, Yosef responds to them by accusing them of being spies, takes his brother Shimon into ...

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Yosef’s Lesson: Combating Indifference Today

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz When Yosef reveals himself in Egypt, he says, “I am your brother Yosef, whom you sold into Egypt” (Bereshis 45.6). However, as Rashbam comments on (Bereshis 37:28), the brothers did not directly sell Yosef. Instead, while they were eating some distance from the pit, Midianites passed by, extracted Yosef from the pit, and sold him ...

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Israel’s Pearl Harbor

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Israel is at war with terrorists who have brutally murdered over 1000 innocent civilians in their own homes, sadistically killing, torturing and causing immense suffering through displacement of hundreds of thousands in Israel’s north and south. These vicious enemies sadistically seek out civilians to inflict maximum bloodshed and carnage. Tragically, Israel is now fighting an ...

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From Shechem to Aza

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz From Shechem to Aza the Tragedy of Dinah’s assault in the city of Shechem and current violence in Gaza/Aza The Consequences of Passive Complicity וּבְנֵ֨י יַעֲקֹ֜ב בָּ֤אוּ מִן־הַשָּׂדֶה֙ כְּשׇׁמְעָ֔ם וַיִּֽתְעַצְּבוּ֙ הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים וַיִּ֥חַר לָהֶ֖ם מְאֹ֑ד כִּֽי־נְבָלָ֞ה עָשָׂ֣ה בְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל לִשְׁכַּב֙ אֶת־בַּֽת־יַעֲקֹ֔ב וְכֵ֖ן לֹ֥א יֵעָשֶֽׂה׃ (בראשית ל״ד:ז) Meanwhile Jacob’s sons, having heard the news, came in from the ...

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The Eternal Hatred: Lessons from Yaakov and Esau

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz “And Esau ran to meet him, and he embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” (Bereshis 33:4) וַיָּ֨רׇץ עֵשָׂ֤ו לִקְרָאתוֹ֙ וַֽיְחַבְּקֵ֔הוּ וַיִּפֹּ֥ל עַל־צַוָּארָ֖ו וַׄיִּׄשָּׁׄקֵ֑ׄהׄוּׄ וַיִּבְכּֽוּ׃ רשי  “ויחבקהו. נִתְגַּלְגְּלוּ רַחֲמָיו, כְּשֶׁרָאָהוּ מִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה כָּל הִשְׁתַּחֲוָאוֹת הַלָּלוּ: וישקהו. נָקוּד עָלָיו; וְיֵשׁ חוֹלְקִין בַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה בַּבָּרַיְתָא דְּסִפְרֵי, יֵשׁ שֶׁדָּרְשׁוּ נְקֻדָּה זוֹ שֶׁלֹּא נְשָׁקוֹ בְּכָל ...

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Truth and Treachery? Israel and Her Enemies

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Truth and Treachery? Israel and Her Enemies – Discerning Between Genuine Peace Seekers and Deceptive Pretenders In this week’s Torah portion, Parshas Vayeitzei, we learn of the trials and tribulations of Yaakov Avinu. One of the most striking aspects of Yaakov’s life was that he only married at 84 years old, remarkably late compared to ...

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Beyond the War Headlines: Navigating Today’s Media Landscape with Torah Principles

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Story of Lavan’s Sons – A Warning Against Fake News from Biased Sources   The Torah in Parshas Vayetzei records how “Lavan’s sons said, ‘Yaacov has taken all that is our father’s, and of that which is our father’s, he has made all this wealth’” Bereshis (31:1)  וַיִּשְׁמַע אֶת-דִּבְרֵי בְנֵי-לָבָן לֵאמֹר, לָקַח יַעֲקֹב אֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר ...

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Lessons to be Learnt from Rivka, Especially in Times of War

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Rivka (Bereshis 27) devised a plan to secure Yitzchak’s blessings for Yaakov. Recognizing Esav’s unworthiness and Yitzchak’s failing eyesight, Rivka guided Yaakov to mimic Esav and take his blessings by bringing to Yitzchak favorite meal, usually prepared for him by Esav, and by donning Esav’s clothing to replicate his scent and feel. Though hesitant, Yaakov ...

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