About the Author


Rabbi Berel Wein

Rabbi Berel Wein is the founder and director of the Destiny Foundation. For over 20 years, he has been identified with the popularization of Jewish history through lectures, more than 1000 audiotapes, books, seminars, educational tours and, most recently documentary films. Rabbi Wein has authored five Jewish history books ― including Faith and Fate, the story of the Jews in the Twentieth Century ― all of which have received popular and critical acclaim. His newest book is The Oral Law of Sinai, an illustrated history of the Mishnah logic, legend & truth. Rabbi Wein, a member of the Illinois Bar Association, is the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the Covenant Foundation. Most recently, Rabbi Wein received the Torah Prize Award from Machon Harav Frank in Jerusalem for his achievements in teaching Torah and spreading Judaism around the world. Rabbi Wein lives and teaches in Jerusalem. Visit his site at http://www.rabbiwein.com


Abraham: Altering the Course of History

Our forefather changed the way the world thought about itself, life and especially the Creator.

Kristallnacht's Timeless Lesson

Converting the fires of Kristallnacht into the fire of Judaism and Jewish life.

The Tenth of Tevet

One day commemorates a variety of Jewish tragedies.

IKEA & Peace in the Middle East

Why does my acquisition keep collapsing, and where’s the warranty?

Rabbi Berel Wein: Influences & Reflections

The notable historian describes some of the pivotal figures who shaped his outlook as a community rabbi.

Miracle of Israel Videos

A series that captures the two most monumental events in recent Jewish history – the Holocaust and the birth of the State of Israel.

Jerusalem, Earthly and Heavenly

There is no way for a body to survive once its heart has been broken asunder.

Hearing the Matzah

If the matzah could talk, what would we hear?

Making Judaism Work

Why doesn't Torah observance create a better person automatically?

Apples and Honey

Discovering the traditional origins and meaning of Rosh Hashanah's most famous foods.

Cheese and Flowers

Why do we eat dairy foods and decorate the synagogue on Shavuot?

Shabbat Table

Preparing the Shabbat table -- gleaming silver and satin white - is a labor of love.

Heroes

The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.

Machine Matzah

The square matzah or the round matzah: What shall you eat?

Selling the Chametz

Pack up your crackers and sell them for a week.

Jewish Travel

What motivates us to fly off to some distant unknown land? We are seeking to find ourselves.

Hebron and The Struggle for the Holy Land

Why are the three places in Israel that the Torah records as legal property of the Jewish people in dispute?

Mincha - The Afternoon Prayer

Mincha is an oasis of spiritual time in a tough workday, a moment of calming nerves and focusing on priorities.

Suddenly Jewish

Jews raised as gentiles discover their Jewish roots.

Running on Empty

Israelis are feeling a sense of desperate tension.

Intellectual Honesty

Acknowledging and admitting one's limits is a sign of greatness, not weakness.

Ice-Cold Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers chicken out. Now what about the rest of us?

Israel's Strength

National strength isn't defined by military might alone. It's also based on unity, mutual respect, and a clear sense of purpose.

Jewish Amnesia

Along the way to the modern world, what has happened to the Jewish People's collective sense of memory?

The Fragility of Freedom

What it means to be free.

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