BeShalach: Dying in the Desert

February 03, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week's Devar Torah is sponsored by Sharon Goldberg in observance of the Yahrzeit of her father, Haskell Zabitsky, Yechezkel ben Yerachmiel, z"l. 
“And Pharaoh approached...they saw the Egyptians marching at their rear, and the people became very frightened. The Israelites cried out to G-d....They said to Moshe, ‘It would have been better for us to be slaves in Egypt than to die in the desert’” (14:10-12).  ...
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Beshalach: War Time

January 15, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Our long sojourn in Egypt was meant to develop those character traits necessary to transform the Jewish into G-d's special nation. We were to appreciate the need for human freedom, develop our sensitivity towards others--especially the downtrodden--and were to forge a community with a shared history and destiny. One thing the slavery in Egypt could not prepare us for was war. Lacking any responsibility or even opportunity for the running of...
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Beshalach: Ahavat Yisrael, Defined

January 30, 2010 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The book of Shemot details the emergence of the Jewish people as a nation. Though descending from spiritual giants, the nascent nation displayed great fickleness in their relationship to G-d. On the one hand, they showed tremendous faith in following Moshe into an unknown desert. These same Jews, however, wasted no time complaining whenever things were a little tough. G-d's past benevolence was quickly forgotten. This behaviour was to...
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