Poland Thoughts: Part Two

July 09, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Travelling in Poland is emotionally moving and exhilarating at the same time. In the morning after minyan, Rabbi Michael Shudrich, the chief rabbi of Poland, spoke to our group. He immediately began by addressing the question of why Jews live in Poland today, and by extension, why a rabbi would move from America and spend his working life in Poland. The short answer is that while 90% of the Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, 10% or some...
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Some Thoughts from Poland

July 08, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  "Eino domeh shmiah l'rei'ah, one cannot compare hearing to seeing". I write these words at the end of our first day of the TiM trip to Poland. Seeing what I have spent a lifetime learning about offers a new and deeper perspective.   When we hear Poland, our instinctive reaction is to think about the Holocaust and the murder of 3 million, 90% of Polish Jewry. Many people told me that they would not...
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Some Impressions of South African Jewry

August 09, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Having just returned from the Torah in Motion African Safari, I would like to share some impressions of the Jewish community in South Africa. While it is lacking in scientific rigour, and although I am a typical victim of  "visitor's bias", where one is oblivious to much of the internal workings of a community, I hope you will find some value to these impressions.  (I hope to write about our encounter with the amazing...
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Massei: Journeys

July 30, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And these are the journeys of the people of Israel” (33:1). The Torah lists over 40 stops along the long and winding route the Jewish people took on their journey to the land of Israel. Many of these names have never appeared before in the Bible and will never appear again. Their mention highlights the lack of purpose of so much of the stay of the Jewish people in the desert, going from meaningless place to meaningless place...
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