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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Bechukotai: Coming Home

This week's d’var Torah is sponsored in memory of Dr. Solomon Burack, obm. by the Burack family. May his memory be a blessing. 

 The ability of the Jewish people to see hope when others see despair is perhaps the key to understanding the amazing tenacity of the Jewish people. It explains the difference between the great successes of the State of Israel, in contrast to the failed states that surround our homeland. While...
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Behar: Leaving Egypt

“I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt”. While we associate these words with the first of the aseret hadibrot, the words above are actually taken from this week’s parsha. “If your brother becomes impoverished...do not take from him interest…I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, to be your G-d ” (Vayikra 25:38)....
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