Massei: Journeys

“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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Moral Bailouts

July 21, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Money Matters
The sight of the CEO's of GM, Ford and Chrysler asking the Untied States Congress for 25 Billion dollars in aid as they flew to Washington on their private corporate jets highlighted the moral crisis which continues to wreak so much financial havoc. The never ending stream of recipients of big fat bonuses, whose ingenuity in creating new financial products is at the root of our predicament, begging for handouts while the hard working labourer...
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A Tribute to a Mentor

June 20, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Money Matters
Regardless of their personal piety (or lack thereof), Jewish law affirms that an almost superhuman level of respect be shown to our parents. What is less well known is that, in theory at least, one must display even greater honor to our teachers, “for our parents bring us into this world, and our teachers bring us into the World to Come”.  Jewish law even records a practice that requires students to observe many of the practices...
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Agriprocessors and the Ethics of Kashrut

June 16, 2011 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Money Matters
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 Category: Birthright Education
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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