Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman

Massei: Journeys

July 30, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And these are the journeys of the people of Israel” (33:1). The Torah lists over 40 stops along the long and winding route the Jewish people took on their journey to the land of Israel. Many of these names have never appeared before in the Bible and will never appear again. Their mention highlights the lack of purpose of so much of the stay of the Jewish people in the desert, going from meaningless place to meaningless place...
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Bechukotai: Coming Home

May 21, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This week's d’var Torah is sponsored in memory of Dr. Solomon Burack, obm. by the Burack family. May his memory be a blessing. 

 The ability of the Jewish people to see hope when others see despair is perhaps the key to understanding the amazing tenacity of the Jewish people. It explains the difference between the great successes of the State of Israel, in contrast to the failed states that surround our homeland. While...
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Behar: Leaving Egypt

May 14, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt”. While we associate these words with the first of the aseret hadibrot, the words above are actually taken from this week’s parsha. “If your brother becomes not take from him interest…I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, to be your G-d ” (Vayikra 25:38)....
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Pesach: Sunrise in Bnei Brak

May 10, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nei Brak discussing the Exodus all night until their students arrived and said to them, ‘Rabbis, the time for reciting the morning Shema has arrived'”.Talmud Torah k’neged kulam”, the mitzvah of learning equals all others and may be interrupted only if there...
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Kedoshim: Seeking Holiness

April 30, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The line between greatness and failure is so small as to be unrecognizable, often revealing itself only after many years. This is true in the world of business, science, technology and the like, where the results of today's efforts can remain unknown for many years. It is equally true in the world of morality, where it is often most difficult to determine if a particular action is a great mitzvah or its opposite.One must be cognizant not only of...
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