Bo: My Dear Enemy!

January 11, 2019 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the great difficulties we often have is making a clear distinction between people and the ideas that they espouse. While one might reject an idea, we may not reject the person who espouses it. This is true even of ideas that we find offensive or heretical.  Judaism goes one step further and demands that we even separate the actions of an individual from our feelings towards that person. In a famous Talmudic passage (Brachot 10a),...
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Bo: Changing Times

January 19, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the central tenets of our faith is the eternal relevance and unchanging nature of our Torah. The Torah is not only Divinely authored, it is an autobiography of G-d, with each mitzva reflecting a different aspect of the Divine. By observing the mitzvoth, we emulate G-d, actualizing our Divine image. Because each and every aspect of the Torah is an expression of the Divine, our Sages (Avot 2:1) admonish us to be as careful with a “...
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Bo: Egyptian Appreciation

February 03, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The land of Egypt and the people of Egypt had undergone tremendous hardship  and  suffering.  Their  economy  had  been  destroyed, their material possessions  depleted  and  their  empire  shown  to  be vulnerable. While the worst was yet to come—the death of the firstborn—the mood in Egypt could not have been one of joy. No doubt an international aid effort was...
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Bo: A Short 430 years

January 15, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The devar Torah is sponsored by Caron and Steven Gelles and Family in memory of their Grandparents Sylvia and Sam Gelles and Martha and Louis Silver. Four hundred and thirty years is a long time. "The years that the Jewish people dwelled in Egypt lasted four hundred and thirty years (12:40)." 430 years earlier, Abraham newly-arrived in the land of Canaan, was forced to travel to Egypt to get food, a trip that would be...
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Bo: All Together Now

January 03, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This d’var Torah is sponsored by Claire and Howard Glowinsky l'ilui nishmas Chanah bas Rachel a”H, their dear aunt who passed away early this week. May her memory be for a blessing. In many ways, Sefer Shemot parallels Sefer Breisheet. The Torah opens with the creation of mankind; Shemot begins with the creation of the Jewish nation. The opening chapters of Breisheet spend much time on a population...
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