Menachot 65: Saturday Night Harvesting

November 08, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Jewish people are a most contentious one. We argue about (almost?) everything and then some. Debate is most healthy and part and parcel of our tradition, reflecting the vitality of our people, and the seriousness with which we address the issues of the day. There is little that is sadder than having one’s views ignored, not even deemed worthy of debate. Ideally all involved in debate, fierce as they may be, share a common set of...
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Menachot 53: Chametz and Matza

November 01, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"All korbanot mincha, flour offerings, are to be made of matza with the exception of the chametz of the korban todah, thanksgiving offering, and the shtei halechem, two loaves of bread [offered on Shavuot] that are made of chametz” (Menachot 52b). That flour offerings may not be made of chametz is explicitly[1] stated in the...
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Menachot 43: Women and Tzitzit

October 24, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
It is well known that the mitzvah of tzitzit is a classic case of a mitzvah aseh shehazman grama, a time-bound positive mitzvah from which women are exempt[1]. Though there are as many exceptions to this rule as the rule itself, tzitzit is one of the mitzvot that follow the general rule[2]. This is based on the verse u’re’item oto, that you...
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Menachot 44: A Slap in the Face

October 18, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
There is little that turns one off from religion more than corruption in the religious sphere. When one sees someone cheating who outwardly presenting as religious, the harm to religion is incalculable. It is the ultimate in chilul Hashem, causing others to disdain religion and even to hate G-d (see Yoma 86a). And when the dishonesty manifests in the religious sphere itself, the chilul Hashem is...
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Menachot 43: Missing No Longer!

October 09, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Our generation has been blessed with the renewal of two mitzvot that had, for all intents and purposes, lay dormant for centuries.  It is our generation that merited the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth and the reestablishment of a Jewish state. For the first time in close to 2,000 years, we are sovereign in our own land, affording us the opportunity to become a “light unto the...
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