Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman

Bamidbar: Blossoming Desert

May 30, 2003 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The desert conjures up images of heat, hunger, thirst, wastelands and wandering, certainly not a place to stage important events. Yet it was in the desert that the Torah was given. The connection between the receiving of the Torah and the desert is underscored by the fact that we always begin sefer Bamidbar—which details the wandering of the Jews in the desert—on the Shabbat preceding Shavuot. Why was such an inauspicious...
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Tazria: Spending Limits

April 03, 2003 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
There is no aspect of our life that is beyond the purview of Torah. People need its rules and regulations in every area, to keep their natural animalistic tendencies in check. As we all know, one of the greatest desires of man is for increased wealth. “He who has a hundred wants two hundred,” the Sages of the Talmud declares. Thus, it should not be surprising that over 120 of the 613 mitzvoth regulate the proper accumulation and...
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