Toldot: Raising Children

November 09, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
There is no greater challenge than that of raising refined children. It is a task with so many variables and fraught with such difficulty that many a wonderful home produces children who do not follow in the paths of their parents.Ironically (but quite understandably), it often seems that the greater the parent, the more difficulty raising children to follow his or her example. It should be no surprise that only one of Abraham’s eight children...
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Chayei Sarah: Beyond Death

November 02, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Our patriarchs and matriarchs did not have easy lives. Each faced problems of famine, of wandering from place to place, of foreign rulers, and of course, problems with their children. Our founding mothers and fathers often disagreed, sharply at times, on the most basic of decisions relating to the raising of their families. The dispute between Abraham and Sarah as to the place of Yishmael in their household was so fierce that G-d had to...
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Breisheet: Guardians of the Garden

October 16, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"G-d took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it, l'ovdah, and watch it, l'shomrah" (Breisheet 2:15). A perfect world beckons. Everything is "very good" and man, as the centre of creation, is free to enjoy the fruits of G-d's labour. He is to “fill the earth and conquer it; dominate the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every beast that walks in the...
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Noach: A Man For All Generations

October 12, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
As we move through the different stages of life, the challenges we face tend to change, with the concerns of yesteryear giving way to the crisis of today. What is true for individuals is also true in the corporate world, in forging communities, and in the rise and fall of nations. We tend to specialize in certain areas, with strength in one area often matched by weakness in another. It is the rare person indeed who can both nurture a great...
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Ekev: The Big Bribe

August 03, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman Category: Parsha Thoughts: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The greatness of a person is revealed by the little things that one does. The greater the person, the more he or she is concerned with little things. Rav Yochanan ben Zakai, who was busy worrying about how Judaism could survive after the loss of Jerusalem, also pleaded with the Romans to send a doctor for Rav Tzadok (Gittin 56b), an aging pious individual who had fasted for many years as the destruction neared. In dealing with the...
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