Give Tu B'Shvat Fruit to Children with Caution (JPost.com)

February 01, 2012 By: tim Category: Holiday Thoughts
Consumers have already begun shopping for a multitude of varieties of fruits and nuts to hold a Tu Bishvat Seder marking the new year of trees Tuesday night and Wednesday next week.   But while the products are very nutritious, though fattening, the tasty treats pose dangers when small children get their hands on them.   The minor holiday – on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is one of four traditional “new...
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Bo: Moonlight

January 27, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
In his opening comment on the Bible, Rashi links the Creation story to that of the Exodus. Working on the assumption that the Torah is primarily a book of law, Rashi famously asks why the Torah does not begin with the first law given to the Jewish people, that of establishing a calendar. “And G-d spoke to Moshe and Aaron in the land of Egypt. This month [Nissan] shall be the head of months, the first to you of the months of the year...
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VaEra: 137 and Counting

January 20, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One hundred and thirty seven is not a number that would appear to have much significance, at least not from a Jewish perspective. Yet the Torah found it necessary to record that Levi lived to that age (Shemot 6:16). A mere four verses later we are told that Amram, Moshe's father, also lived to the age of 137. As Moshe and Aaron are about to set in motion the redemption of the Jewish people, the Torah “digresses” and records the...
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Nortel Justice System

January 16, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Money Matters
The mention of Nortel Networks makes many a Canadian cringe. Once the darling of the tech world and the most heavily weighted stock in the Toronto Stock Exchange, today it serves as symbol of failure. The greatest insult to any company is to wonder if they are another Nortel.  The recent sale of its 6,000 patents marked the end of a company that once had a market capitalization of $398 billion dollars.I write these words as opening...
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VaYechi: Adding Numbers

January 06, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Sefer Breisheet begins with the grandeur of creation, detailing the many new life forms, and with great hope for the human race. This hope was to be short-lived, with story after story of man's pettiness and propensity for evil. By the end of the book, the theme is that of death, and the stage is set for the enslavement of the Jewish people.   The opening verse of this week's parsha, “Jacob lived in the land...
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