Pinchas: Moving On

June 28, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And Moshe did as G-d had commanded and he took Joshua and stood him before Elazar Hakohen and before the people" (27:22). Moshe's role as leader is coming to an end. His fervent desire to enter the land of Israel is to be denied. "G-d said to Moshe, climb the Avarim Mountain where you will be able to see the land that I am giving to the Israelites" (27:12).  Yet despite his personal disappointment it is he who...
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Pinchas: Standing Up For What's Right

July 13, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The d'var Torah this week is dedicated in honour of the participants on the inspiring Journey Through Jewish History- Italy 2012. “And it was after the plague”. The specific content of this verse refers to the 24,000 who died in the aftermath of ba’al peor, with its attendant idolatry and sexual immorality. Yet one could just as easily apply this verse to the entire sojourn of the Jewish people in the desert. What makes the deaths of these 24,...
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