Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
Lawrence Kelemen is the founder and current Rosh Kollel of the Center for Kehillah Development, a leadership development project devoted to the growth and wellbeing of Jewish communities worldwide. He also created the International Organization of Mussar Vaadim, a network of self-development organizations focusing on character development in more than two dozen communities in Israel and North America. He has been honored as a visiting scholar at universities and communal organizations around the world. During his decade-long tenure at Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem, Rabbi Kelemen influenced thousands of students. He is also the author of many journal articles and books, among them: Permission to Believe, Permission to Receive, Planting and Building, and To Kindle a Soul.
What is Midrash?When I was growing up, I had a rabbi who questioned the historical truth of the Midrash. He’d often say, “That’s just a midrash”. Now I find myself confused… Should we consider the Midrash to be factually true or metaphorical? If it can be one or the other, how can we know which midrashim are metaphors? Rabbi Kelemen explains.
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Torah learning and the needs of my wife | Rabbi KelemenRabbi Kelemen answers the following question “Hi Rabbi, I noticed a pattern that when I’m very into my learning, my wife gets very needy and emotional. she’s usually very strong and confident and is always sending me to learn. But when i get really into it and I’m deep into it, i guess she senses that and suddenly gets all needy, forcing me out of that “”zone”” which can take me another week or so to get back into.
You quoted a Rambam in the parenting series lecture 5 that human affection and love for Torah comes from the same place. And BOOM it all made sense! But that’s just not fair… how can I give all of myself to my wife and also give all of myself to my learning at the same time? Thanks”
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What’s Wrong With Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy?Is there anything wrong with efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity with Reparative or Conversion Therapy? Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen answers the following questions:
Is there anything wrong with efforts to change sexual orientation or gender identity with Reparative or Conversion Therapy? Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen answers the following questions:
A) I know and believe that the idea of “conversion therapy” is wrong and, in fact, seems to have very painful results… However, if one’s genetic makeup is only weekly connected to that attraction, from a scientific perspective, why is it so harmful. Is it just because the societal pull and acceptance is already so great, that from their very real perspective, they are identifying is LGBTQ, and you can’t change that?
B) I know we lump LGBTQ together as one. But are there differences? I would think that LG is a very different genetic reality than Q.
Thank you once again, as this area is definitely a huge issue that communities deal with, and more importantly, the more we know, the more we can sensitively support individuals in this situation.
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Should I take the COVID-19 vaccine? | Rabbi KelemenThe COVID-19 vaccine is here and Rabbi Kelemen answers an Inner Circle member question on whether or not to take it.
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What to do when kids want more and more“One of my children never seems to be satisfied or thankful for all he has. Whenever he gets something that is not technology, he expresses disappointment and asks why he can’t get the newest phone, gaming system, computer, etc. How should I help him to learn to have hakarat hatov with all he has? How can I help him see that these things are not important to life and that there will always be newer things coming out and that just because others have something doesn’t mean he needs it, should have it or that it is good for him? I spend a lot of time with him but the conversation always comes back to more and more things. Even if he got these things, I know he wouldn’t be happy.” Listen to Rabbi Kelemen’s answer to this recent Inner Circle question. Try it for free https://www.lawrencekelemen.com/
Animal sacrifices in the Torah | Rabbi KelemenCan you please explain to me the purpose of the Jewish sacrificial system. The idea of slaughtering animals to please the gods seems very primitive and idolatrous to me. Is this what it’s all about?!
What is love? | Rabbi KelemenWhat is true love? How does Judaism look at the concept of love? It’s the opposite of the secular definition of love.
Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, & Personal GreatnessThere has never been anyone exactly like you in all of human history, with your precise physical, intellectual, and spiritual profiles. There never will be anyone exactly like you in the future, and there is no one exactly like you on earth today. You are a one-time event in human history. And if you are so unique, then it must be you were sent here on a very special mission. Fulfilling that mission requires recognizing who you really are, with all your strengths and potentials. This is simultaneously one of the most fundamental and one of the most complex challenges each of us faces – getting to know ourselves. This course provides the requisite conceptual introduction and practical steps to begin getting to know oneself. It is based on the text, “Daas Atzmeinu” by Rav Shlomo Wolbe z”l. To get more free lectures in this series, enter your email address on https://www.lawrencekelemen.com/
An Urgent Call for Pikuach Nefesh and Kiddush Hashem | COVID-19Those who have been most touched by a crisis often have a unique opportunity to contribute to its resolution. COVID-19 survivors can save lives in ways no one else can. Here Rabbi Leib Kelemen explains how. https://www.lawrencekelemen.com/
A Torah Perspective on the Coronavirus | Rabbi KelemenRabbi Kelemen has received many questions about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In recent call with his Inner Circle members, Rabbi Kelemen shares his thoughts.
Is Marijuana Kosher?Is Marijuana kosher now that it has been legalized in many places? https://www.lawrencekelemen.com/
Should I stay-at-home with my Children? Rabbi KelemenDear Rabbi Kelemen, I stay home with my kids. I see the importance of it, but sometimes I just resent it. I worked hard for my degree and now I often wish I was just working and not with the kids all day. When I’m being a “”good”” mom I’m happy I’m not working, but when I yell and completely lose patience then I wonder if it would be better for them if I were not with them constantly. I understand that I have to work on anger and patience, and I try. I would work part-time but that is not really possible in my field now. I can’t imagine working full-time and leaving them with a nanny. What do I do? Thank you.