Rabbi Kelaty

Shelach Lecha 5780

THE JEWISH AGENDA In this week’s parasha we are introduced to the mitzvah of Tzitzit. If we look carefully at the Torah’s language, it is curious that the Torah uses almost the exact same language when the Torah talks about the Meraglim. In connection with the spies the instruction was given “U’Reitem et haAretz” (and […]

Shavuot 5780

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 to have a […]

Behar- Bechukotai 5780

A TALE OF TWO SURVIVORS  “And you shall run the flight of one who flees from a sword, yet no one is pursuing you” (Leviticus 26:36). This week we read the Tochaha, a series of unimaginable curses that foretold the horrors that were destined to befall our people in its wanderings in exile. Amongst these […]

Pesach 5780

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 by anyone […]

Pesach 5780

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 still […]

Tsav- Shabbat Hagadol 5780

THE MIRACLE ERA      Parashat Tzav introduces the laws of the Korban Todah [Thanksgiving offering] [Vayikra 7:12]. Rashi explains that a Todah offering is brought by “someone who experienced a personal miracle”. Rashi gives an example of one who traveled on the High Seas, or one who travelled through the desert and safely reached […]

Vaera 5780

THE TALE OF THE HOLY  VESTMENT In this week’s parasha there is a narrative that includes two verses that seem superfluous.  The Torah, in reintroducing Aharon and Moshe to us as they emerge as leaders of Klal Yisrael, also defines their lineage.  While tracing their heritage, the Torah also enumerates the descendants of all the […]

Vayeishev 5780

The Twilight Zone   This week’s parasha contains four words that changed the course of history. We all know the story of Yosef’s arrest and imprisonment.  Shortly afterwards, two members of Pharaoh’s Court were also thrown into jail.   We need to understand what it was like to be in jail with two officers of […]

Chayei Sarah 5780

Parasha Insights This week’s parasha discusses the purchase of a burial plot by Avraham Avinu for his wife Sarah. He buys the plot from the newly elected head of the Hittites, a scoundrel of a fellow by the name of Ephron. The Medrash describes Ephron as a person who was “nivhal l’hon” – a person […]

Yom Kippur 5780

FROM SUBLIMATION TO INTENSITY    Yom Kippur, the ultimate day of repentance, has the Jewish nation simultaneously praying, fasting and asking for forgiveness. It begins with the somber, quiet, and melodious intonation of Kol Nidrei and ends with the entire congregation shouting Hashem hu HaElokim (G-d is the Al-Mighty) seven times after various requests of […]

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 […]