Tzav: The Place of Sin

April 03, 2020 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"This is the law of the sin offering, chatat: at the place where the elevation offering, olah, is slaughtered shall the sin offering be slaughtered before G-d, it is holy of holies" (Vayikra 6:18). The korban chatat and korban olah are polar opposites. The korban olah reflects our total dedication to G-d. No part of the sacrifice is to be consumed by humans. It is, literally...
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Tzav: Time to Change?

March 22, 2019 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Excitement and consistency: We tend to view these terms as contradictory. Man gets excited over discovering new things and views variety as the spice of life. Modern man is bored with a consistent routine and eschews the seeming monotony that accompanies lack of change. It is the new and exciting that we seek. Even investors find the “old economy” boring and are willing to pour billions of dollars into new and untested, but “...
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Tzav: Happy Thanksgiving

March 23, 2018 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Marketing can make or break a product. Get it right and you are on your way to becoming wealthy. Make a mistake and, irrespective of the actual quality of the product, it is unlikely to sell. Public relations, however, is not limited to the realm of the corporate world or politicians vying for office. It is a religious obligation. In addition to the mitzvoth of Kiddush Hashem and Chilul Hashem, which mandate us to be ever...
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Tzav: It's All in the Heart

April 07, 2017 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Our tradition seems to have a somewhat ambivalent view regarding sacrifices. The Torah devotes many chapters to describing—in great detail—the intricacies of the sacrificial laws. Most major events in the Bible occur within the context of sacrifices: Noach embarking from the ark, G-d’s covenant with Abraham, the binding of Isaac, the Exodus, the Revelation at Sinai. The Mishnah devotes many tractates to the intricacies of the...
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Tzav: Please Take Out the Garbage

March 27, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the ideological revolutions of the Zionist movement was the notion of the inherent value of physical labour. Jews traditionally like to think of themselves as pursuing intellectual wisdom; earning their livelihood with their brains, not their hands. Zionism preached the concept of the holiness of manual labour, and through it succeeded in turning a barren wasteland into a land flowing with milk and honey. The importance of "blue...
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