Re'eh: Do You Love Me?

August 14, 2015 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
How can you tell if somebody loves you? We all understand that words alone are hollow, and that it is actions that count. Even so, it is not always easy to understand the actions of others. Misreading one's intentions in this sensitive area can have disastrous consequences. Imputing noble motives where none exist is no less dangerous than falsely accusing someone of nefarious intentions. While the latter is liable to lead to tensions, the...
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Re'eh: Behind the Scenes

September 07, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Showing extra sensitivity to the needs of the poor, the widow, orphan, servant, and stranger is a central theme of the Torah. This is especially so around the holidays, when the needy are more likely to feel lonely and forgotten. Somewhat more surprising is the Torah's constant admonition not to forget the Levi. At first glance, it would seem that the Levites were part of the privileged class. They were entrusted with the honour of carrying...
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Re'eh: Cohesive Community

August 02, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week's d'var Torah is dedicated in honour of David Polisuk by Richard Polisuk and family.   Mazel Tov, David, on your Tefillah award and your graduation from Associated Hebrew School. May G-d bless you and guard you. May G-d show you favor and be gracious to you. May G-d show you kindness and grant you peace.    Love, your family.   The destruction of the Temple...
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Re'eh: Man and Man

August 17, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week's d'var Torah is dedicated in honour of the upcoming wedding of Galit Sone and Adam Samuel. May they share much happiness and build a bayit ne'eman b'yisroel. Mazal-tov to the extended family. Beginning with the Aseret haDibrot, we often tend to classify mitzvoth as being either between man and G-d, or between man and man. While the interpersonal mitzvoth are also an expression of the Divine will, the distinction is a...
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Re'eh: A Missing Heart

August 27, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week's d'var Torah is sponsored by Al G. Brown and family in honour of the wedding of Anna-Rachel Brown Krakowsky to Marshall Haber, which will take place b'shaah tova u'mutzlachat on Sunday, August 28th.   “Do not harden your heart and do not close your hand from your impoverished brother” (15:7). The mitzvah of tzedakah requires that we open our hearts and hands to help those in...
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