Beshalach

Beshalach: The Best of Intentions

January 26, 2018 By: rabbi jay kelman
Whether we are preparing for an exam, a simcha, a job interview, or retirement, our success is directly proportional to our preparatory efforts. Immigrants who arrive in a new country without adequate preparation for what lies ahead face enormous difficulties and challenges beyond those that are a standard part of any migration. The numbers of olim who moved to Israel in the euphoria surrounding the return of...
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Beshalach: Let's Go Back

February 10, 2017 By: rabbi jay kelman
Whether we are preparing for an exam, a simcha, a job interview, or retirement, our success is directly proportional to our preparatory efforts. Immigrants who arrive in a new country without adequate preparation for what lies ahead face enormous difficulties and challenges beyond those that are a standard part of any migration. The numbers of olim who moved to Israel in the euphoria surrounding the return of Jerusalem to...
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Beshalach: Saving Our Enemies

January 22, 2016 By: rabbi jay kelman
When Moshe and Aharon first approached the Jewish people in Egypt, “the people believed; they accepted that G-d remembered the Jewish people” (Shemot 4:31). Yet soon thereafter, Pharaoh  increased  their workload, and instead of being seen as the messengers of redemption, Moshe and Aharon were seen as the cause of their problems. “You have placed a sword to kill us in their hands” (Shemot 5:21) they are told....
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Beshalach: Good Guys

January 30, 2015 By: rabbi jay kelman
Throughout the Exodus story, the Jewish people are silent. We do not know what they were thinking or doing during the plagues. We hear them rejoicing when Moshe first arrives with the message of redemption (see Shemot 4:31), and complaining when his initial meeting with Pharaoh ended with an even more onerous slavery. But that is all we hear of them until just before the 10th plague when, to be worthy of redemption, the people were...
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Beshalach: Up in Arms

January 10, 2014 By: rabbi jay kelman
This week's devar Torah is dedicated in honour of the upcoming wedding of Miriam Libman and Ephraim Leiderman. May they merit to build a beautiful Jewish home. Mazal-Tov! "And G-d took the nation by the way of desert, by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went armed out of the land of Egypt" (13:18). After 210 long years, the Jewish people were on their way back home. They were to stop at Sinai to encounter G...
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