Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman

Vayezei: Making One Pray

November 27, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And G-d saw that Leah was hated, and He opened her womb" (Breisheet 29:31). Apparently, Leah—as was the case with Sarah, Rivka, and Rachel—was meant to have difficulty conceiving, but as "compensation" for being hated, G-d granted her easy conception. The inability to have children when one desperately wants to can be a source of great sadness and suffering. How one reacts to such a predicament can be quite...
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Toldot: A Wonderful Sin!

November 20, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"When Eisav heard his father’s words he let out a most loud and bitter scream" (27:34). Our Sages sensitive to even minor failings of our Biblical heroes, coupled with their keen textual analysis saw a parallel between this verse and one appearing well over a thousand years later. "And he [Mordechai] let out a loud and bitter scream" (Esther 4:1). The pain and suffering caused to Eisav by Yaakov would cause his...
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Chayei Sarah: Bring Her Home

November 13, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“Yitzchak then brought her [Rivka] into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he took Rivka as his wife. Yitzchak loved her, and Yitzchak found comfort after his mother’s death” (Breisheet 24:67). Yitzchak’s marriage to Rivka brought not only brought love to his life, it also offered comfort on the passing of his mother. But while Yitzchak may have been comforted, there is little reason to think his father Avraham received...
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In Memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt"l

November 13, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
I had the honour of sharing a few words in honour of Rabbi Sacks zt"l at the moving program Mizrachi of Canada organized this week. I share my words below.  I am honoured and unworthy to be asked to say a few words in memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l.  What made Rabbi Sacks so special? Why did so many people look to him for inspiration? I believe it begins with his educational choices. Rabbi Sacks was a...
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VaYera: Family Ties

November 05, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“Take your son, your only son, the one you love, v'lech lecha, and go for yourself to the land of Moriah” (Breisheet 22:2). So begins the command of G-d demanding the sacrifice of Yitzchak. After waiting so long to have a child with Sarah, Avraham was commanded to take his child and return him to G-d. In the face of such a command Avraham was silent—or shall we say speechless?—unable to comprehend the Divine...
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