Pesach: The Wise and Wicked

April 22, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Seder night brings together Jews from all orientations and perspectives. The future redemption of the Jewish people, a theme which is central to the seder, is dependant on different types of Jews learning how to respect each other even as we may disagree. Sukkot, which like Pesach commemorates the Exodus and looks forward to future redemption, also revolves around the theme of uniting the different segments of...
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Shabbat Hagadol: Redemption is Near?

April 15, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Historians and sociologists have long debated whether it is historical trends that determine the course of events, the historical personalities being of little significance, or whether it is people of great stature who shape the course of history.   Undoubtedly the answer is a combination of both, though the dominance of one over the other will vary from generation to generation. In some generations historical currents hold sway...
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Pesach: Looking Forward

April 09, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
There is something most beautiful about a holiday that celebrates our past being focused on future, on our children. Pesach marks the founding of our people, and it is the story of our past that we retell at our seder. “We begin with shame and end with glory”. There is much tragedy in our history, but so much greatness, so much to be proud of. This recounting of the past is so crucial to our way of life that the mitzvah to recall...
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Pesach: Pass the Karpas

April 03, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"Therefore, in every generation, one must see themselves as if they have left Egypt”. All too often, we can only fully appreciate what we have when it is missing. Freedom is so much sweeter for those who have experienced slavery. And on seder night, we are to experience both.  “And you shall eat the meat [of the pascal lamb] on that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread; with bitter herbs you shall eat it...
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Pesach: A Long Short Story

April 14, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And it was at the end of four hundred and thirty years, in the middle of that very day, that the legions of G-d went out from the land of Egypt” (Shemot 12:41). After 430 years, does it really matter what day and what time of the day we left Egypt? Redemption is both an event and a process. It can simultaneously happen both in a day and yet take 430 years. “It was at midnight, that the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land...
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