Chayei Sarah

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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Chayei Sarah: Growing Old, Staying Young

November 22, 2019 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And Sarah lived one hundred years, twenty years and seven years; these are the years of Sarah's life” (Breisheet 23:1). A famous rabbinic comment elucidating the triple expression of years teaches that Sarah maintained her stunning beauty, intuitive wisdom and sinless innocence throughout her life. Furthermore, the seemingly superfluous ending of the verse “these are the years of Sarah’s life” teaches...
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Chayei Sarah: Anonymous

November 02, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Man has an innate desire to make a name for himself. The fear of being forgotten is a fear that grips us all. For many, this serves as a key stimulus to have children (and in many cultures, specifically male children) who will carry on the family legacy. This desire not to be forgotten motivates some to write books, some to build monuments and even some to enter public life, hoping to attain some measure of immortality. "There are three...
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Chayei Sarah: More than a Story

November 09, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"The discussions of the servants of our patriarchs are more beloved than the Torah of their children” (Rashi, Breisheet, 24:22). This enigmatic statement is the explanation given for the fact that Torah spends 67 verses detailing and then repeating the story of how the servant of Abraham finds a marriage partner for Yitzchak, whereas other laws of the Torah are either “flying in the wind” i.e. the nullification of...
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