Vayera: 20/20 Vision

October 18, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
It is a truism that two people can look at the same thing, yet see something quite different. One person might see a beautiful piece of art, whereas his neighbour sees nothing but a few scribbly lines on canvas. Similarly, what for one is the most pleasant of sounds, for another is the most annoying of noises. And what for one is the most uplifting poetry is for another just incomprehensible words. And on and on it goes, whether in the worlds of...
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Vayera: No Secrets

November 02, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And G-d said: Am I going to hide from Abraham that which I will do?” The city of Sedom was a thriving metropolis and the home of Lot, Abraham’s nephew and potential successor. He had chosen to live there because it reminded him of the great civilization of Egypt, from whence he had just returned. Its rich gardens and advanced commerce meant little as their moral decadence and cruelty to the disadvantaged reached unbearable levels. In many ways...
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VaYera: Late Arrival

October 23, 2010 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week’s d’var Torah is sponsored by Arthur and Sheri Little in observance of the Yahrzeit of Arthur's father, Leonard Little, Aryeh ben Avraham Yitzchak z"l. Rabbinic tradition maintains that the Torah existed even before the creation of the world, in essence serving as the architectural blueprint of creation. This is a beautiful concept that teaches that Torah is built into the fabric of the world. Nature and morality...
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VaYera: Moderating Chesed

November 18, 2005 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Judaism eschews extremism. This obligation to be moderate is codified into law by no less an authority than the Rambam; it is, as he points out, "the path of G-d" (Deot 2:7). Furthermore, the goal is not limited to the development of traits of moderation in our attitude towards money, food, or honour; it is to make them second nature to us.When it comes to character development, our role model par excellence is Avraham Avinu, ...
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