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5.0 out of 5 starsNot the longest beard in the business, but a Jewish treasure of a man
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018
A life story which is not overly sentimentalized but spoken like a man who knows his purpose in life. He has navigated the political and religious minefields all his life. In less than one page Rabbi Wein condenses what the the American Reform and Conservative movements' future consists of if their suicidal inclusiveness culture isn't reversed. A fascinating and bare knuckles approach characterizes this book from beginning to conclusion. He's a good man and as a rabbi, a Jewish treasure.
Rabbi Wein is a masterful story teller, with an amazing ability to inspire others through his spoken and written word. I consider myself very fortunate to have learned from him, though for only a short amount of time, while at Ohr Samayach. Like his other books, this one will not disappoint.
Rabbi Wein is an excellent teacher of Torah, history, and life in general. In this book, his readers learn about how his life was shaped by a number of positive role models and teachers and how these influences directly and indirectly taught him how to serve G-d, improve himself, and help others. All of Rabbi Wein's lectures and books are outstanding and this book can be added to the list.
I gave up about 1/2 way through and I only lasted that long because I really hate not to finish a book. If you don't want to buy the book the summary is: I went to this place, I met all these great rabbis, I went to another place. It is basically a timeline, and lots of time and paper could have been saved by just publishing that instead of this book. There is nothing really about who the author is, or who any of the people around him are. The author said he wrote the book because his children and grandchildren wanted him to do so. I think they may be the right audience for this.
5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating and interesting autobiography
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
This is the autobiography of the legendary Rabbi Berel Wein. Born in 1934, Rabbi Wein lived during transitory times, and his life story encompasses a wide assortment of life events. Be it law school and the legal profession, business, executive vice-president of Orthodox Union, noted speaker and historian, rosh yeshiva and much more.
Not only is Rabbi Wein a masterful storyteller, he’s a brilliant writer. In this honest and fascinating memoir, Wein writes of his fascinating life, challenges and struggles, and the history of Orthodoxy in post-war America.
Wein’s life is a mesmerizing one and this book is an equally interesting read. At but 150 pages, this is a book that I really wish went on for another few hundred pages.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn autobiography that is an interesting story of a well-respected rabbi
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2014
Rabbi Berel Wein is a highly respected Orthodox synagogue rabbi, lecturer, author, and historian. Many people consider him their spiritual leader and flock to hear his speeches. I know one family that decided to move from America to Israel because he is there.
This book is his autobiography from his birth in 1934 to the present. He was the only son of a rabbi in Chicago, Illinois. He tells about his family including his ancestors and his schooling in Chicago. He secured a law degree at night school because he wanted to spend the day at a yeshiva. After a two year courtship, which included about fifteen times the couple saw each other, Berel married Jackie after she finished college. "Quite honestly, when we first married Jackie barely knew how to boil water. But she became a gourmet cook and baker, and was a fastidious housekeeper."
Berel's father "arranged employment for me with" a law firm where he earned $50 a week. In addition to practicing law, he also became a financial broker, taught classes, and served as "Shabbat Rav," delivering sermons on Shabbat without serving as the synagogue rabbi. His wife taught at a Hebrew Day School.
He tells tales about this early period and the influences that various rabbis and writers such as Herman Wouk made upon him. Then Berel decided to give up his secular pursuits and serve as a rabbi, beginning with a congregation in Florida.
Readers will enjoy reading how Rabbi Wein became famous, the people he met, the difficulties he had, and how he resolved them. Besides being the autobiography of a man, this book is an interesting story.