Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min.

Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min. is Clinical Director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at HUC-JIR, NY. She is also the rabbi of the Pound Ridge Jewish Community, a Reform chavurah, in Pound Ridge, NY.

Determining the Qualities of an Ideal Political Leader

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min.

This week's parashah , Pinchas, is all about succession and inheritance. Who will succeed Aaron in the priesthood? To whom will the land pass as the Israelites enter it? Who can claim a man's land if he has no sons? Who will succeed Moses and lead the people into the...

The Act of Listening

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min.

Chapter 10 of Leviticus provides us with an extraordinary example of human growth. At the beginning of the parashah , Moses exercises his leadership by overseeing the ordination of Aaron and his sons and then supervising the sacrifices for which they are responsible. Moses's energies are focused on ensuring that...

Chazak, Chazak, V'nitchazeik

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min.

As we complete each book of the Torah, it is customary to repeat the words " Chazak, chazak, v'nitchazeik." These words, understood as "Congratulations!" actually have a more profound message. They can be translated as either "Be strong, be strong, and we will be encouraged" or "Be strong, be strong...