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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Bo: Moonlight

January 27, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In his opening comment on the Bible, Rashi links the Creation story to that of the Exodus. Working on the assumption that the Torah is primarily a book of law, Rashi famously asks why the Torah does not begin with the first law given to the Jewish people, that of establishing a calendar. “And G-d spoke to Moshe and Aaron in the land of Egypt. This month [Nissan] shall be the head of months, the first to you of the months of the year...
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Bo: Alarm Clock

January 07, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And Pharaoh awoke, he and all his officials and all the rest of Egypt. There was a great cry, as there was no house where there was no death” (12:30). If the Torah says that Pharaoh awoke, it must mean that until then, he had been sleeping. Clearly, the Torah is not interested in telling us the bedtime habits of Pharaoh or, for that matter, anybody else. All information in the Torah is there to teach us some kind of a lesson, be it...
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