Yitro: A Perfect Ten

February 10, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
This d’var Torah marks the beginning of the tenth year of emailing my divrei Torah. Time really does fly.I want to thank you for your ongoing comments, questions and critique. It is your feedback that gives me the impetus to write. It was nine years ago, the week of parshat Yitro, that Jack Samuel encouraged me email my divrei Torah. Thank you, Jack.I thank G-d for having the opportunity to be involved in the world of Torah, of teaching and...
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Monday Morning Quarterback

February 07, 2012 By: Daniel Goldstein Category: Another Perspective
Monday morning at 1:30AM here in Israel, I joined over one hundred million of my fellow earth dwellers to watch Superbowl XLVI. When halftime rolled around, I imagine there were far fewer of us who left the broadcast and surfed over to the YU Torah Superbowl Halftime Show, to view a series of short shiurim relating to the theme of sports (particularly football) and Judaism. Despite the objections of some of my guests, leaving Madonna to...
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Precedent-Setting Memo Ends Gender Discrimination in Funerals (Israel Hayom)

February 04, 2012 By: tim Category: Another Perspective
Memo issued by Religious Services Ministry forbids practice of barring women from eulogizing loved ones, accompanying the dead to grave sites. The result of a concerted effort by Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat, the document stipulates that as long as the family agrees women can fully participate in funerals.Continue Reading>>
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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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