Behaalotcha: To Speak or Not to Speak

June 05, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
After reading through Sefer Breisheet and the sibling rivalry we encounter in generation after generation, it is a pleasure to come to Sefer Shemot and witness the beautiful sibling relationships between the children of Amram and Yocheved. It is Miriam who is responsible both for the birth of Moshe--according to the Midrash, it was she who convinced her parents to have another child, despite the bleak circumstances in which the Jewish...
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Beha'alotcha: What Goes Up Must Come Down

May 24, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"It was in the second year, on the 20th day of the second month, that the cloud [of glory] rose from the Tabernacle of Testimony" (Bamidbar 10:11). It was on the previous Rosh Chodesh Sivan that the Jewish people arrived at Sinai, spending a year (less ten days) there. And what a year it was! Within a week of arrival, they experienced Divine Revelation. That was quickly (and sadly) followed by the sin of the Golden Calf, as...
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Beha'alotcha: Moshe's Helpers

June 08, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Like many a great leader, Moshe—the greatest of all leaders—had difficulty delegating authority. Knowing you can do the job better than others, it is not easy to watch as subordinates are not quite up to the level of their superiors. Even if this is true, acting alone can only carry one so far; generally, not nearly as far as one needs to go. It was Moshe’s father-in-law Yitro who first taught Moshe this crucial lesson....
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Beha'alotcha: It's Good to Complain

June 01, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the causes for disappointment with the generation that left Egypt was their constant complaining.  Each week, as we study Sefer Bamidbar, we witness another complaint, often more than one per week. Whether it's the food, the drinks, the leaders, the religious obligations, the long journey, or the dangers lurking, there is always something to complain about. The lesson some derive from this is the destructiveness of...
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