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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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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