Career Choices: Kiddushin 82

June 01, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the most important life decisions we make is the choice of a career. As Judaism is most concerned with so many of the minor decisions we make - how to farm, what to eat, what to wear - surely it has much to say about what will occupy many, perhaps most, of our waking hours. So it may appear somewhat surprising that we find next to nothing, neither in the Torah nor in the vast corpus of the Talmud about career choices.   Yet this...
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The Rabbi Who Wanted to Sin: Kiddushin 81

May 31, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  "Do not judge a person until you are in his place." (Avot 2:5) We unfortunately live in a very judgmental (Jewish) world where people are judged and looked down upon for all kinds of reasons - generally without even bothering to check if the "facts" are true. In a society where the thirty second sound bite - or shall we say 140 character tweet - is king is it any surprise there is little time or interest to develop...
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I Love Converts: Kiddushin 70

May 30, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the rules of Rashi's commentary to the chumash, made famous by Nehama Leibowitz z"l, is that Rashi brings a second explanation to a verse only if he is not fully satisfied with his first explanation. While the second explanation may answer one problem it creates others and it is only the combination of the two that gives a satisfactory explanation of the verse at hand. When we see three, four or five explanations to...
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What a Story: Kiddushin 66

May 25, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  One of the fascinating, exciting even suspenseful aspects of learning Gemara is how a detailed discussion on the minutiae of Jewish law can without notice transition into philosophical, historical or theological issues and transition right back without missing a beat. Each facet of the discussion is deemed no less or more important than the other. Theory and practice, law and story, philosophy and history, theology and science all blend...
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I Don't Know You: Kiddushin 65

May 23, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In our last post we discussed the unusual situation, to say the least, of a father or even the daughter herself being unable to recall to whom the girl was betrothed. But what about a case where we know who the husband and wife may be but the couple can't agree if they were betrothed? "One who says to a woman I betrothed you and she says you did not..." (Kiddushn 65a)   As is typical of the Talmud the discussion...
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