Parshat Yitro: Loving the Jewish People

This week Moses receives some invaluable wisdom from an unlikely source: Yitro, the High Priest of Midian.  OK, the High Priest happens to be Moses’ father in law; but with the Torah so emphatically opposed to idolatry it seems unusual for Moses to accept advice from a pagan head of tribe. Yitro’s advice however, is

Parshat B’Shalakh: Now the Fun Begins

During our (fairly) recent initial war against Iraq, we joined the Iraqi people in celebrating the downfall of Saddam Hussein.  The war was considered a success; now that a despicable despot was gone Iraq could develop a genuine democracy.  Amidst the euphoria however, one significant challenge remained: Forging a democracy. Democracy was...

Parshat Bo: Where Conviction and Convict Meet

Parshat (Portion) Bo: Where Conviction and Convict Meet This past weekend I saw The Post; an amazing film chronicling the Washington Post in its efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers. If you recall, the Pentagon Papers were categorized as top secret documents about the war in Viet Nam. More accurately, they documented how various...

Vaera and Oppression

Vaera and Oppression It is fitting that the season when we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King generally coincides with the opening chapters of Exodus. The initial Torah portions in the Book of Exodus (Shmot in Hebrew) describe Israelite oppression and slavery in Egypt. Pharaoh and his henchmen persecute b’nai yisrael...

Portion of Shmot and the Making of a Resume

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman January 3, 2018 16 Tevet 5778 Portion of Shmot and the Making of a Resume Most of us in the professional/work arena have at one time or another written and distributed a resume. A resume is one of those documents which can reflect both positive and negative realities. On the

Parshat Vayichi: Following the Moral Road

I just finished the second season of The Crown; the historical dramatization of Queen Elizabeth and family. Despite some poetic license, the episodes accurately reflect the sordid details about the Royal Family and their oft-unstable relationships. For many of the personalities, wealth, fame and status take priority over morality and...