Yitro: Hear Ye, Hear Ye

January 17, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And Yitro, the priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moshe, heard all that G-d did for Moshe and to Israel his people, that G-d had taken the Israel out of Egypt" (Shemot 18:1). Of course, Yitro was not the only one who heard all that G-d had done. Yet he was the only one who was listening; the only one who cared enough and was moved enough to actually do something. While others likely were impressed to hear that a slave...
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Yitro: Day of Rest

February 01, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The aseret hadibrot present two very different reasons why we are to keep Shabbat. In parshat Yitro, it is “because in six days, G-d made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in it; and He rested on the seventh day” (Shemot 20:11). Forty years later, when Moshe recounts them to the children of those who were at Sinai, we keep Shabbat so that “you shall remember that you were slaves in the land of...
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Yitro: A Perfect Ten

February 10, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This d’var Torah marks the beginning of the tenth year of emailing my divrei Torah. Time really does fly.I want to thank you for your ongoing comments, questions and critique. It is your feedback that gives me the impetus to write. It was nine years ago, the week of parshat Yitro, that Jack Samuel encouraged me email my divrei Torah. Thank you, Jack.I thank G-d for having the opportunity to be involved in the world of Torah, of teaching and...
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Yitro: Nine Commandments

February 13, 2009 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
 This week's d’var Torah is sponsored by Dr. Charles and Nathalie Piwko in observance of the yahrzeit of Charlie's mother, ob”m, and in celebration of the bar mitzvah of their children, Jeremy and Imanuel. Mazal tov to the extended family.It is customary in most shuls to read the aseret hadibrot in what is known as ta'am elyon, the upper cantillation. Whereas the ta'am tachton (the lower...
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