Rabbi Kelaty

Behalotecha 5779

NAUGHTY BOYS   Imagine a school classroom. The school day is nearly finished. The kids are fidgeting and restless. The teacher is still finishing off his lesson. While he is writing on the board, the bell goes. The teacher finishes writing. Seconds later, he swings around to address the class, ready to explain what he […]

Shavuot 5779

I Know What You Did Last Shavuot        I once heard a shiur given by Rav Moshe Aaron Stern zt’l. In his inimitable way, he posed the following question. Hillel the Elder had 80 talmidim. The top of the list was Rav Yonatan ben Uziel, otherwise known as the Targum Yonatan. He used […]

Pesach edition 5779

HEROES IN THE SAND   And gave us the Torah, and brought us into the Land of Israel” (Dayeinu, Pesach Hagaddah)   There is a famous question, asked year after year at almost every Seder table. Why did the Holy One, Blessed is He, give us the Torah in the desert? Why did He not […]

Vayechi 5779

KEEP IT SIMPLE   “Vayechi Yaakov b’Eretz Mitzrayim {And Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt} for seventeen years. And the years of Yaakov’s life were one hundred and forty seven years.[47:28-29]” The parsha of “Vayechi Yaakov {And Yaakov lived}” paradoxically deals with Yaakov’s preparations for his death. It’s interesting to note that the two […]

Pesach 5778

It Takes All Sorts   I always find the month of Nissan a very frantic time. Have you ever experienced this? Or is it just me?   I kid you not. There’s a lot flying around [for once, I’m not referring to drones]. Pesach is a time of furious work. It’s almost like we are […]

Yom Kippur 5778

THE ELEPHANT AND THE IVORY TOWER   Elephants are pretty powerful creatures. They can weigh as much as 12 tons, and stand as high as thirteen feet tall. Their trunks are strong enough to rip branches off a tree. But despite their enormous power, elephants can be chained. Chaining an elephant isn’t as simple as […]

Beha’alotecha 5777

NAUGHTY BOYS          Imagine a school classroom. The school day is nearly finished. The kids are fidgeting and restless. The teacher is still finishing off his lesson. While he is writing on the board, the bell goes. The teacher finishes writing. Seconds later, he swings around to address the class, ready to […]

Tetzaveh 5777

DIVINE RETURN ON INVESTMENT           In this week’s parashah,  Hashem commands Moshe to gather “all the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with a spirit of wisdom” to make the priestly garments (Exodus 28:1). But the Torah is unclear.  Were these select people Divinely ordained with a spirit of wisdom for this particular mission, or were […]

Noach 5777

Never Enough! Many of you will be familiar with the following domestic scene: Husband goes out shopping, bearing huge shopping list from Wife. Husband goes to kosher shop, trawling round and round the aisles, furiously crossing off things from the the list. Thinking (foolishly) that this will end soon. But meanwhile Husband answers his phone […]

Ki Tavo 5776

Ki Tavo – Vampire Logic  by Rabbi Mashiach Kelaty We’ve all heard of vampires. Those mythical creatures that prey on hapless humans and drink their blood. The evil incarnate Dracula with his fangs at the ready. A whole enterprise was created because of these humanoid leeches. One legend about vampires is that they cannot exist […]

Pesach 5776

Rabbi Adrian Kelaty FREEDOM IN CHAINS I don’t know about you, but I love Pesach. It’s a time for family, stories, soft matzah (for us Sephardim) and of course, time off school/work. The overriding theme about the holiday of Pesach is the notion of freedom, liberation – emancipation. But one look out of the window […]

Toldot 5776 – Rabbi Mashiach Kelaty

Aftershock Yitzchak entreated Hashem… Hashem allowed Himself to be entreated by him, and his wife Rivkah conceived. (25:21) Can we even imagine how difficult it must have been for Yitzchak and Rivkah to be barren for twenty years? It comes as no surprise when we are told that both of them prayed so fervently and […]