Money Matters

Agriprocessors and the Ethics of Kashrut

June 16, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The kashrut industry is about more than just food. In an industry where sales reach in the billions of dollars many of the largest food companies have sought and received kosher certification, seeing it as a way to increase profits. With the federal investigations into the Agriprocessors Meat Processing Plant in Postville , we need to examine whether or not kashrut certification is also about more than keeping kosher....
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A Tuition Plan

May 24, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In its current form, the day school system is unsustainable. With tuition increases consistently at between two and three times the rate of inflation, more and more parents are opting out of the system. Not unlike the financial crisis, where the signs of trouble were ignored until suddenly it was too late, it behooves us to take action before the system implodes.  More than a few schools across North America—including one here in...
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Election Issues

March 29, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Technological advances are rapidly changing the nature of almost all that we do. Many of the careers our children will pursue have yet to be invented.  The end results of the political rumblings of the Arab world are impossible to discern, adding additional layers of uncertainty to the world of tomorrow.Our Sages well understood the folly of predicting the future by asserting that the only “prophets” of today are children and fools. ...
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Prison Insights

February 28, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In an almost unbelievable application of the verse, “Love your neighbour as yourself”, our Sages teach that one must give a convicted killer a “pleasant death”. Even those who commit capital crimes are to be dealt with humanely.Thus, Judaism has no concept of death row; and in the rare circumstances when a death penalty is to be administered, it had to be done on the morrow of conviction. Such an attitude may help explain why—strange as it...
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A Perfect Game

January 31, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
It is rare indeed to look to professional athletes for moral guidance. We learned long ago that the extraordinary talents they possess are manifest primarily in the physical realm. It should be no surprise that people who are worshipped by millions and paid enormous sums of money to play games might have difficulty in the moral sphere.This problem is not limited to athletes, and helps explain why our Sages—while appreciating the tremendous...
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