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Yeshiva Machon Meir Parsha Rav Don bigon

 KAATE MAR

La Palestine ou le culte du crime-Paracha Masei- -Troisieme cours- 21 Juillet 2014

Parachat Massei comprend les messages

25.07.2014

Rav Yossef Tordjmann présente: Paracha Massei

20.07.2014
Cours dédié à la mémoire de Hélène Zouina bat Aouda, Aaron ben Avraham, Gilberte bat Hannah, Taïta bat Douïa, Haï ben Yossef, Rahel bat Margot, Yossef Raphaël ben Rahamim, Choua ben Fradji, Izou bat Aziza, ainsi que pour la guérison totale de Rav Gabriel ben Sultana, Zaza bat Zaïro, Zaava Devorah bat Michelle Mikhal, Ilana Mazal bat Esther, Elon ben Esther, Yaacov ben Rahel, Rivka bat Devorah, Rivka bat Esther, Eliyahou ben Rivka, Rinat bat Hava, Asnat bat Bahïya, Patricia bat Myriam, Yonathan shimshon ben Baco, Odaya Haya bat Vicky Rivka Shila, Antoine ben Emile, Haim Mickael ben Rivka, Makhlouf ben Haya, David ben Rahel, Yehouda ben Rahel, Mike Meyer Haim ben Simha, Touna bat Esther, Esther bat Rahel, Chalom ben Avraham, Hamous ben Rahel, Eliyahou ben Chlomo, Rivka bat Esther, Eliyahou ben Rivka, Bilha Braha bat Rahel, Elon ben Esther, Ilan Eliahou ben Yvette Hanna, Haim ben Hamous, Avraham ben Louise et Yossef ben Avraham

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19.07.2014 Rav Raphael Pinto
parachat masseï 5773

chabbath-shabbath la source de bénédiction Rav Raphael Pinto

HEVRATPINTO

Paracha Massé – http://www.mptorah.net Rav Bendrihem de Jérusalem

La paracha de la semaine: Massé

01.01.2010
Le Rav Mordochaï Bensoussan, ancien Grand-Rabbin de la région Nice-Côte d’Azur et actuel directeur du département francophone de l’institut Ariel, nous apporte ses commentaires sur la Parasha de la semaine, la Parasha Massé.

Paracha Massé – http://www.mptorah.net

 

Cour de Torah sur la paracha Matot – Massei par Avy Allouche, d´après les cours du rav Corda/h1>

La paracha de la semaine : Matot-Massei. La consolation de Dieu

Paracha Matot-Masseï par le Rav Messod Touboul

Paracha Matot-Massei par le Rav Yossef David Cohen

Sefer 4 – Bamidbar – Paracha Matot Massé 5773 – Rabbin Joseph Abittan

Matot-Masse : La parole, une arme à double tranchant

Parachat Mattot-Massé: L’attitude des tribus de Gad et de Reuben

05.07.2013
Le Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay de la Communauté Emouna Cheléma à Jérusalem nous explique le commentaire du Rav Munk dans La Voix de la Thora sur les versets Bemidbar XXXII, 1 et suivants de notre paracha: Matot

Parachat Matot Massé

PARACHA ET LOIS RAV BARKATZ

Paracha du livre de Bamidbar (Nombres)

La paracha de la semaine Le Rav Mordochaï Bensoussan

Chiourim.com – Institutions Bnei Torah

Rav Jeremy

Diffusons la Torah

Paracha de la semaine

Paracha …..Rosée de Miel

 

Shiurum Rav TOUITOU

613 TV.

Rav Avraham Kadoch.
Rav Ouri Banon.

Rav Raphael Pinto Paracha ….

 

Paracha ….. – http://www.mptorah.net

PARACHAT….

02.05.2012
TOUT SUR BRESLEV EN VIDEOS SUR http://www.nahmanmeouman.com

Limoud Torah Ron Chaya

Peiner, puis faire les Mitsvots avec joie, cela apporte en nous l’amour de D-ieu !

23.03.2014

Rav Ron Chaya et Leava vous présentent ” Peiner, puis faire les Mitsvots avec joie, cela apporte en nous l’amour de D-ieu ! “.

Pour visionner d’autres cours : http://www.leava.fr
Pour s’inscrire à la Newsletter du Rav Chaya :http://eepurl.com/lIlEH
Afin de poser votre question au Rav : http://www.leava.fr/questions-reponse…
Contact : contact@leava.fr

Conférence du Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay sur: Fraternité et Justice Sociale (1/2)

Conférence du Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay sur: Fraternité et Justice Sociale (2/2)

22.09.2011
http://www.chalom-jerusalem.com/frate…

Dans le cadre du séminaire annuel d’Eloul du Centre Yaïr-Manitou et du Centre Communautaire Francophone Emouna Cheléma , le Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay a donné une conférence sur un sujet d’actualité:
Fraternité et Justice Sociale
Le séminaire est dedie à la mémoire du président du Centre Yaïr Manitou, Mr Gérald Sananès qui l’avait preparé

Rav Ben Ichay רב בן ישי בצרפתית

michkenot yossef

Rav Jeremy  Diffusons la Torah

Dva’h Mal’hout Parachat ….

 19.03.2014

Etudes avec Yaacov Corda

Parachat … Rav TOUITOU

Cour de torah sur la Paracha ….par Avy Allouche, d´après les cours du Rav Corda

Rav Yossef Tordjmann présente: Paracha …..

02.03.2014
Cours dédié à la mémoire de Fortunée Messaouda bat Myriam, Esther bat Messaouda, Victor Haim ben Atou, Martine Aziza bat Yvonne Myriam, Reine bat Haki, Dina bat Diamanté, Gaston Haim Yehouda ben Rina, Moche Dov ben Haziza et Julie Zouira bat Kouika, ainsi que pour la guérison complète du bébé Odaya Haya bat Vicky Rivka Shila, Antoine ben Emile, Haim Mickael ben Rivka, Makhlouf ben Haya, David ben Rahel, Yehouda ben Rahel, Mike Meyer Haim ben Simha, Touna bat Esther, Esther bat Rahel, Chalom ben Avraham, Haya bat Rahel, Hamous ben Rahel, Eliyahou ben Chlomo, Moche ben Avraham et Bilha Braha bat Rahel.

chiourim Rabbanim

Rav Yaacov Corda

Chiourim.com – Institutions Bnei Torah

 

Paracha de la semaine Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay de la Communauté Emouna Cheléma à Jérusalem

5 minutes sur la paracha de cette semaine par le Rav Messod Touboul.

Rabbanim Torah Box

 

Rav Raphael Pinto

PARACHA DE LA SEMAINE 5774

Torah-Box.com Rabbanim

PARACHA DE LA SEMAINE

Paracha de la semaine : Rabbanim …

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La paracha de la semaine … Rabbin Joseph Abittan

La paracha de la semaine … Rabbin Joseph Abittan

La paracha de la semaine … Machon Oran

Torahnet

 

Parachat de la semaine …. Chalom Jerusalem….

Le Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay de la Communauté Emouna Chéléma à Jérusalem nous explique le commentaire du Rav Munk dans La Voix de la Thora sur le verset Vayikra XI, 42 de notre paracha: Chemini שמיני

Vous pouvez vous procurer en ligne les livres La Voix de la Torah du Rav Elie Munk par ce lien http://www.amazon.fr/gp/search?ie=UTF…

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04.03.2014

Grand Rabbin Gilles Bernheim / Parasha ….
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חת”ת יומי כ”ד תמוז יום שלישי תשע”ד פרשת מסעי

22.07.2014
ב”ה
חומש במדבר, פרשת מסעי, משלישי (פרק ל”ג, פסוק נ”ד) עד רביעי (פרק ל”ד, פסוק ט”ו) תהילים
ליום כ”ד בחודש – פרקים קי”ג – קי”ח
אגרת התשובה, עמ’ צו- והנה יעקב… עד עמ’ 192- נאמר וכו’.

פרשת מסעי וישבבה עד מות הכהן הגדול ביאור שני פירוש רש”י

22.07.2014

צימרוט פרשת מסעי מלחמת עזה תשעד

22.07.2014

הרב יהודה קרויזר – פרשת מסעי תשע”ד

22.07.2014
שש ערי מקלט בעבר הירדן ובארץ כנען. הגנה ועונש על הרוצח בשגגה. מות הכוהן הגדול. תלמיד שגלה. רב שגלה. צוואת דוד לשלמה. שמעי בן גרא. גדול המצוה ועושה.

הרב שניאור אשכנזי פרשת מסעי – הרעיון הגאוני של ערי המקלט

22.07.2014
מגוון הרצאות ושיעורים לצפיה ולהאזנה באתר יהדות TV

להרצאות נוספות כנסו לאתר יהדות TV בכתובת: /http://www.yahadut.tv
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שתי מדינות לשני עמים – ע”פ אור החיים הקדוש

20.07.2012
שתי מדינות לשני עמים – הרב דב ביגון מלמד רש”י ואור החיים הקדוש לפרשת מסעי על הפסוקים “והורשתם את הארץ…” (במדבר פרק ל”ג פסוק נ’ והלאה)
בהמשך מביא הרב את פירושו של אור החיים הקדוש ומכאן לומדים על הפיתרון של שתי מדינות לשני עמים.

לעוד שיעורים של הרב דב ביגון ועוד כנסו ל-
http://www.meirtv.co.il







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חומש במדבר

חומש במדבר

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איתמר מלכא

קריאה בתורה בנוסח מרוקאי לצפייה ושמיעה!
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טעמי המקרא,שיר השירים ומגילת אסתר!
בן 25, לומד בירושלים, גר בכרמיאל

להחזיר עטרה ליושנה

להחזיר עטרה ליושנה
תוקף קבלת מנהג אבות-
הגמרא במסכת פסחים (דף נ ע”א) מביאה סיפור מעניין שהוא אבן היסוד לכל מאמרינו זה, וכך היא לשונה:”בני ביישן נהוג דלא הוו אזלין מצור לצידון במעלי שבתא, אתו בנייהו קמיה דר’ יוחנן, אמרו לו אבהתין אפשר להו אנן לא אפשר לן, אמר להו כבר קיבלו אבותיכם עליהם שנאמר שמע בני מוסר אביך ואל תטוש תורת אמך”, כלומר הגמרא מספרת שאותם תושבי ביישן (אולי הכוונה לעיר בית שאן) היו סוחרים, ומנהגם בכל יום היה ללכת ולמכור את מרכולתם בשוק של העיר צור, ובכל יום שישי היה מתקיים גם שוק נוסף בעיר הסמוכה צידון, ולכן לאחר שסיימו למכור חלק מסחורתם בצור היו תושבי בית שאן עוברים גם לשוק של צידון, אולם יום אחד קיבלו עליהם תושבי העיר ביישן שלא ללכת גם לשוק של צידון אלא לחזור לביתם כדי שיוכלו להתעסק יותר בצרכי השבת ביום שישי. עברו שנים ובניהם של תושבי ביישן שקבעו את אותו מנהג הגיעו לפני רבי יוחנן על מנת לבקש ממנו לבטל את מנהג אבותם, ונימקו זאת בטענה שאבותם יכלו להרשות לעצמם לקצר את עבודתם ביום שישי מפני שהיו עשירים יותר (רש”י שם), אבל הם צריכים את הכסף, אמנם רבי יוחנן דוחה את בקשתם,





חדש! השבוע פרשת בהר כל הרבנים חובה

28.06.2013
להורדה חינם את ספר-ההוכחות-החד-משמעיות-שיש-בורא-לעולם-ו­התורה-אמת-מאת-עו”ד-ערן-בן-עזרא ליחצו על הקישור הבא

לקראת שבת

הרב אליהו גודלבסקי

,,, הראשון לציון הרב יצחק יוסף בן מרן שיעור מוצאי שבת פרשת

חדש! כל הרבנים על ימי ספירת העומר מומלץ בחום!





 

טעמי המקרא בנוסח מרוקאי,קריאה בתורה בנוסח מרוקו /Lire la Bible Taamey Hamikra

ברכות לפני ואחרי הפטרה נוסח מרוקאי

 

פרשת ,,,,,- הרב זמיר כהן

פרשת הרב משה סוסנה

בס”ד
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הרב משה סוסנה שליט”א הוסמך על ידי בית מדרש לרבנים, ע”י הרב מרדכי אליהו זצוק”ל, וכן הרב עבר בחינות של הרבנות הראשית לישראל, ומכהן כעת כרב בורגיניה ביץ, אמריקה בבית כנסת היכל שלמה ובעוד כמה בתי כנסיות. הסרטונים הם שיעורי תורה, ומוסר, על מעגל השנה, ופרשיות השבוע, פסקי הלכות, ודברים השווים לכל נפש, שמעו ותחי נפשכם.

פרשת שבוע ומודעות עצמית

 

שיעור פצצה שמלמד ת’כלס על מה אני צריך להתכוונן לפני פורים…כדאי להקדיש זמן להתבוננות…מחלקים פה מתנות. מי שרוצה שיבוא וישמע

שלמה יעקב ביטון

Moshe Vaknin פרשת ….

פרשת Harav Elon Lessons

פרשת רוני גרפיקס בר

הרב ברוך רוזנבלום פרשת Rabbi Baruch Rosenblum

שיעורי תורה, סרטים יפים ועוד

 

פרשת – פרטי קרבן עולה – לימוד בוקר בפרשה – -הרב דב ביגון – ערוץ מאיר – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

הרב יוסף מזרחי

פרשת ,,,, מחוברת לפרשת פרה עם הרב שרגא זלמנוב – לגימת חסידות” פרשת עם הרב שרגא זלמנוב – לגימת חסידות

פרשת ,,,, -מה זה מחצית השקל ולמה נותנים את מחצית השקל? ולמה מכריזים על השקלים בחודש אדר?
למה המילים משכן ומשכון הם אותו השורש?
ההרבה שאלות והרבה תשובות בפרק זה של לגימת חסידות עם הרב שרגא זלמנוב על פרשת פקודי

הרב אברהם הכהן

Rabbanim

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Rabbanim

חדש! לדון לכף זכות הרב מנשה בן פורת חובה לצפות!!!,Rabbanim

09.02.2014
המשנה במסכת אבות מבקשת “והווה דן כל אדם לכף זכות”, כיצד ניתן לעשות כן? האם זה לא שקר לדון לכף זכות? על שאלות אלו ואחרות עונה הרב מנשה בן פורת דרך סיפורים מהחיים מתוך חוכמת חז”ל הנפלאה.

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שראיתם ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם כהוקרה על כל ההשקעה בערוץ זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות לכם עוד סרטים תודה לכולם!

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פרשת —-

צדקה בינלאומית הרב אברהם בן אסולין

11.02.2014
שתפו תחברים והרשמו לערוץ שלי הרשמה לערוץ תעניק לכם את הזכות להיות הראשונים לדעת על כל הרצאה או סרטון חדש שיוצא לפני כולם
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ובבקשה מכם לא לצפות בסרטונים בשבת וחגים
אנא בכל לשון בקשה שתפו את הערוץ בפייסבוק או בכל אתר שיתוף
וקח תקחו זכות נצחית בזיכוי הרבים
יהי רצון שכל השיעורים יהיו לנורה בת לאה בריאות הגוף והנפש ונחת מכולם
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הרב פינטו – פרשת / שהתקיים בלוס אנגלס / כ”ה בשבט תשע”ד

פרשת הרב שלמה יעקב ביטון

פרשת   עי הרב אליהו דיסקין יתרו יח שבט תשסט

12.01.2014
לחץ על הקישור הבא: והאזן או הורד אלפי קלטות אודיו
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הרב פינטו

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פרשת הרשמה לערוץ תעניק לכם את הזכות להיות הראשונים לדעת על כל הרצאה או סרטון חדש שיוצא לפני כולם
ובבקשה מכם לא לצפות בסרטונים בשבת וחגים

הרב זמיר כהן

הרב חיים כהן

05.04.2014

השיעור מתוך ובאדיבות אתר “החלבן”: http://ravhaim.org
באתר תמצאו מאגר מלא ומסודר של כל שיעורי הרב.
השיעורים בפורמט לצפייה והאזנה וניתנים גם להורדה.

קול צופייך | תשנ”ח ו’ שבט | פרשת | הלכות ט”ו בשבט | מרן הרב מרדכי אליהו

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פרשת הרב קניאל שליט”א כרמיאל תשע”א

פרשת הרב קניאל שליט”א כרמיאל

הרב פינטו שיעור מוסר על פרשת שיעור קונפרנס לאשדוד

חדש! פרשת – הכרת הטוב הרב הרצל חודר מומלץ ומרתק ביותר!!!

פרשת הרב אליהו אור

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07.01.2014
שיעורו השבועי של מורנו הרב שמואל אליהו על פרשת בדינים והלכות הנלמדות מירידת המן במדבר.. צפייה מהנה..
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לתכנים שיעורים וסרטים נוספים של הרב שמואל אליהו
בקרו באתר הרב מרדכי אליהו
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הרב ברוך רוזנבלום פרשת

11.01.2014
דרשותיו המהממות של הרב ברוך רוזנבלום על פרשת השבוע המתקיימות בימי חמישי בעיר בני ברק ברחוב רבי עקיבא 52 בשעה 20:30

הרב שלמה לוינשטיין שליט”א –  פרשת  התשע”ב

27.01.2013
לעוד שיעורים של הרב ועוד רבנים אחרים יותר מ – 7.5000 שיעורים!!
בקרו בערוץ היוטיוב של ‘עמרם שלום פרידמן’

פרשת רב הצדיק רבי יוסף שובלי שליט”א.

קישורים:

http://www.breslev-midot.com/%D7%94%D… הרבי מליובאוויטש , rabbi melubavitz

שתי דקות תורה – חידושים קצרים על פרשת שבוע.

הידברות-הרב אורי זוהר-פרשת שמות

08.02.2012

פרשת שמות
הרב אורי זוהר ממשיך בסדר הפרשיות והמוסר שעומד מאחוריהם והפעם פרשת שמות.

מהרחו

29.07.2013   Rav Moshe Armoni

 

… פרשת

 

שיעורים על פרשת תזריע – כשרות בעלי חיים – לימוד בוקר בפרשה – -הרב דב ביגון – ערוץ מאיר – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

הרב אברהם חפוטא שליט”א

הרב יצחק רצאבי הדרשה השבועית מוצ”ש 19.1.13 פרשת

19.01.2013

הרב יצחק רצאבי שליט”א הדרשה השבועית פרשת בא תשע”ג – באדיבות אתר יהודי נט פרשת השבוע http://www.yehudy.net

הרב יונה מצגר

הרב שקד בוהדנה שליט”א – פרשת ” ” תשע”א.

 הרב משה סוסנה

01.01.2013

מה התועלת שיצאה מהשיעבוד במצרים? ומה עלינו ללמוד מכך.

שיעור שבועי הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט”א

פרשת השבוע

24.02.2010

הפרשה עוסקת בתרומת בני ישראל להקמת המשכן. כשבני ישראל היו במדבר היתה להם השגחה אלוהית שדאגה להם לכל צורכיהם ואילו למען הקמת המשכן הם מצטווים להביא בעצמם את מיטב החומרים. הרב רונן לוביץ’ משוחח עם ד”ר ענת פרוינד על החשיבות של תרומה לחברה ועזרה לזולת. צפו בתוכנית זו ואחרות בערוץ האקדמי- http://www.actv.haifa.ac.il/programs

Haftarah הפטרה‎ – Parashat Ahare Mot – Qedoshim אחרי מות קדשים (Moroccan מרוקאי & Spanish)

17.04.2013
Moroccan Daily Halakhot
La Halakha Marocaine Quotidienne
http://www.darkeabotenou.com

Haftara of Perashat Qedoshim during a year that this perasha is not read in conjunction with Aharé-Mot.

Moroccan Tune 0:00
Spanish Moroccan Tune 4:35

Ye’hezqel 20:2 – 20:20

Sung by: nz”y Ribi David Kadoch s”t – ‘Hazan of Abir Ya’aqob, Toronto, Canada

בקשות פרשת Bakashot Parashat

13.01.2011

On the Hilula of Baba Sali on Motsae Shabbat January 8th, the Sephardic Community got together at Abir Yaakob Congregation to sing the Moroccan Bakashot of Parashat Bo along with some of the piyutim of Yagel Yaakob.
Hazanim included:
R’ David Kadoch of Abir Yaakob
R’ Aviv Ouanounou of Magen David

Divre Torah address given by: Haham Amram Assayag

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Rabbi Dov Bigon

Rabbi Riskin’s Insights into Parshat ….- “Torah Lights” — 5774

Rabbi Chaim Richman,Temple Institute, Weekly Torah Portion:

Parsha Massei by Rabbi Yisroel Spalter from Chabad of Weston (5774)

23.07.2014
Parsha Massei by Rabbi Yisroel Spalter from Chabad of Weston (5774)
http://www.chabadofweston.com/

Masei Part 1

24.07.2014
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner discusses Parshat Massei and how that journey affects our understanding of the present travails.

Masei Part 2

Massei : Call Torah Class

23.07.2014
Rabbi Shai Finkelstein of Baron Hirsch Synagogue

Parashat Masei 5774

24.07.2014
Delivered at UMJCA Sephardic Bet Midrash on July 24, 2014.

Parashat Masei

23.07.2014
Tzuk Eitan. One of the stops on our journey in exile. Listen and be strenghtened by this special message. You can contact Rabbi Harroch for any request at http://aworldoftorah.com/ask-the-rabb…

Rabbi Minkowicz Weekly Torah Lesson Parsha Massei 7/21/14

Rabbi Minkowicz Weekly Torah Lesson Parsha Massei 7/21/14

21.07.2014
Rabbi Minkowicz’s Weekly Torah Lesson: A Place Where Life’s Most Difficult Questions Are Answered…
Parshat Massei

Thoughts on Parashat Masei – Ben Skydell

21.07.2014
Ben Skydell shares his insights on Parashat Masei.

A Vort for the Road – Masai – Our Love – Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

20.07.2014
We must learn to love even the least members of our society…for more, visit http://www.avtzvi.com

Rabbi Fishbain on Parshas Masei

21.07.2014

Rabbi Fishbain on Parshas Masei (Tuesday)

Parshat Masei

Mayanot Moment Reb Yonatan Knopp Parshat Masei

For Everything There is A Reason: Parshat Masei

Parsha – Masei 1/2 Weekly Parsha from Rabbi David Sharaby

Torahtalk: Parsha Masei

Masei

16.02.2014
Haftorahman.com – Divrai Torah on the weekly Haftorah.

Rabbi Joshua Bittan Masei Sunday

SSSS Bein Hametzorim Masei

Words of Wisdom – Masei

Parshat Mattot: What is Midian?

Haftarah Pinchas Rabbi Weisblum קריאת הפטרה לפרשת פינחס

A Vort for the Road – Matos – Good Restrictions – Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

Kahsrus Live – E03

07.07.2014
with Rabbi Yosef Wikler












Rabbi Riskin’s Insights into Parshat ….- “Torah Lights” — 5774

Rabbi Chaim Richman,Temple Institute, Weekly Torah Portion:

Netiv Center For Torah Study in Houston Texas

This is the Official Youtube channel of Netiv Center For Torah Study in Houston Texas. It purpose it to teach Universal Torah to the nations. Neitv is a diverse community of individuals from all walks of life dedicated to God and His Torah.www.netiv.net

Video Vort: Parshat…. With Rabbi Eric Goldman

All Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi Videos

A Mayanot Moment- Parshat ….

Shiurim Rabbi Yosef Chaim Schwab

Partners In Torah Video

http://www.partnersintorah.org brings you Harry’s Video Blog and the always entertaining Harry Rothenberg. One of the laws of charity requires the community to restore a wealthy person who loses his money to his previous level of lifestyle. Why?
Stay tuned for Harry’s weekly video blog where he will be highlighting the weekly Torah portion, a mitzvah, or a Jewish holiday along with a contemporary application and a healthy slice of humor.

Mark Sabbagh WEEKLY Parshat

קריאת התורה הפטרה ומפטיר Torah Reading

Rabbi Minkowicz Weekly Torah Lesson Parsha …

06.05.2014
Rabbi Minkowicz’s Weekly Torah Lesson: A Place Where Life’s Most Difficult Questions Are Answered

Prof. Yaakov Brawer Ph.D. by learntorah.c

07.08.2013

Torahtalk: Parsha…..Rabbi Moshe Weisblum

Parashat ….. Netiv Center For Torah Study in Houston Texas

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Rabbi Harroch

2014 02 27 Sfas Emes on Parasha …with Reb Aryeh

Rav Sprecher Parashat HaChodesh 5774

24.03.2014


Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – “Parashat …..”

17.12.2013
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Parashat….. with Rabbi Avraham Gaon Highlights BukharianCommunity .com

Parshat … Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

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Shlomo Katz Nigun of the Week

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15.12.2011
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Rabbi Moshe Weisblum

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Rabbi Svirsky

Rabbi Sam Thurgood




Rabbi Milevsky

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Недельная глава Торы МАСЭЙ

20.07.2014
“И наследуйте землю по жребию”. Слова мудрецов “нарушение результата жребия подобно нарушению Десяти Заповедей”. Объяснение понятий насления, продажи и подарка (жребия) в Торе..
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Недельная глава: Масей. Чем особенна Земля Израиля?

22.07.2014
Недельная глава: Масей.

Рав Игаль Полищук
Книга: Бамидбар.
Глава: Масей.

Содержание урока:
Почему потребовалось изгнать идолопоклонников из Святой Земли?
Известно правило: если кто-то пришел тебя убить – опереди и убей его первым.
Почему весь мир молчит, когда в Сирии убивают сотни тысяч людей, но когда Евреи защищаются – все сразу встают на сторону наших врагов?
Каков был замысел Теодора Герцеля или зачем нам светское государство?
Святая Земля не терпит нарушителей Торы.
Почему р.Йехезкель Абрамский не хотел жить в Израиле?
У нас проблема с террористами или со Всевышним?
Что нас держит на Святой Земле?
Кто такие были Самаритяне и почему на них нападали львы?
Как видно, что горы окружают Иерусалим, так же видно, что Всевышний защищает свой народ.
Для кого чудеса Святой Земли?
В силу каких заслуг Всевышний вывел нас из Египта?
С кем воевали Маккавеи?
Ради чего Всевышний приводит нас на Святую Землю?
Как не нам не отчаиваться?

Рав Даниэль Булочник. Недельная глава Торы “Масэй”. Часть 1

22.07.2014 בית חבד לדוברי רוסית בארהק

Рав Даниэль Булочник. Недельная глава Торы “Масэй”. Часть 2

22.07.2014 בית חבד לדוברי רוסית בארהק

Рав Шауль Давид Бурштейн. Недельная глава Торы “Масэй”. Часть 1

Рав Шауль Давид Бурштейн. Недельная глава Торы “Масэй”. Часть 2

21.07.2014

Недельная глава Торы МАТОТ-МАСЭЙ – 5750

ДВАР МАЛХУТ – Недельная глава Торы МАТОТ-МАСЭЙ – 5751

Недельная глава Торы МАТОТ-МАСЭЙ – МЕНАХЕМ АВ

Недельная глава Торы МАТОТ-МАСЭЙ – 5746

Недельная глава Матот Масей часть 1

Недельная глава Матот Масей часть 2

Недельная глава Матот Масей часть 3

10.07.2013
Вы можете смотреть Недельная глава Матот Масей часть 3 (03/07/13), Тора Видео лекция о Недельная глава Даваемой Рав Йона Левин Махон Меир в Иерусалиме. Махон Меир является крупнейшим иудаизма и Торы Лекции источников в Интернете.

Недельная глава Матот Масей часть 4

Недельная глава Матот-Масэй

Недельная глава Матот Маасей

06.07.2013
Уроки Торы на Иудаизм TV, недельная главы Торы – Матот Маасей
Кошерная социальная сеть на http://www.iudaizm.com благодарит Махон Меир: http://russian.machonmeir.net за предоставленную нашему youtube каналу, ИНФОРМАЦИЮ.

02.07.2013г. Недельные главы Торы «Матот» и «Масаэй», завершение книги «Бемидбар»

mi is Tora Matot

04.07.2013

недельная глава торы “Матот – Масэй”

Махон-Меир (Книга Берешит)

Махон-Меир (Книга Шмот)

Недельная глава Ваикра

Махон-Меир (Книга Бемидбар)

Махон-Меир (Книга Бемидбар)

Махон-Меир (Книга Дварим)

 

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Недельная глава с Ашером Альтшулем. Глава…

12.03.2014

Ашер Альтшуль беседует о недельной главе Торы в cвете сегоднешней риальности.
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Глава ….

29.03.2012 Rav Moshe Chaim Levin

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בית חבד לדוברי רוסית בארהק

Недельная глава 

Rav Moshe Chaim Levin

25.12.2012г. Недельная глава Торы

11.02.2013

Занятие по недельной главе Торы проходит в нашей общине регулярно. В сезоне 2012-2013 – по вторникам, 19:40 – 21:00.

Раввин общины, Йосеф Херсонский разработал формат этого занятия:
– Мини-урок (15-20 минут) помощника раввина
– Часовое занятие раввина, в котором участникам предлагается выбрать наиболее интересующие их темы из сюжета недельной главы. В начале занятия раввин делает общий обзор главы и предлагает участникам список тем, упомянутых в главе + пояснения, каким образом эта тема актуальна сегодня. Каждый участник озвучивает 3 наиболее интересующие его темы. Рейтинг интересующих тем формирует программу занятия.

Данное занятие провел полностью помощник раввина ввиду того, что раввин был в отъезде.

Каждый день есть новое видео о Иудаизме

 

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The official website of the “Limmud” under the leadership of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro and Rav Schwartzman Zebulun

Недельная глава  Rabbi Sergei Kruglyanitsa

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Ausstellung über Synagogenarchitektur in Schwaben – 11.07.2014

In der frisch revovierten Synagoge in Augsburg-Kriegshaber findet eine Ausstellung über Synagogenarchitektur in Schwaben statt. Annemarie Ruf hat sie besucht. Sowie Parascha “Pinchas” von Rabbiner Joel Berger.

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Egoistisch, aber trotzdem wirkungsvoll

“Denn in seiner Zufluchtsstadt muss er bis zum Tode des Kohen Gadol (Hohepriesters) verweilen und erst nach dem Tod des Kohen Gadol darf der Mörder in das Land seines Besitzes zurückkehren.” (35:28)

Die Torah macht die zu verhängende Verweildauer eines unabsichtlichen Mörders in einer Ir Miklat (Stadt der Zuflucht) von einer ziemlich merkwürdigen Bedingung abhängig: dem Tod des Kohen Gadol (Hohepriesters). Der Talmud [Makkot 11a] besagt, dass die Mütter der Kohanim Gedolim (Hohepriestern) sich Sorgen machten, dass diese Mörder für den Tod ihrer Söhne beten könnten – und brachten daher Essen und Kleidung zu den Arej Miklat (Städten der Zuflucht) in der Absicht, ihre Bewohner glücklich zu machen, damit sie dem Hohepriester nicht den Tod an den Hals wünschen sollten.

Der Talmud fragt, warum die Mütter der Hohepriester so etwas unternahmen. Ein Vers in Mischlej (Sprüche) besagt doch eindeutig: “Ein grundloser Fluch wird nicht über ihn kommen.” Man braucht sich nicht vor einem Fluch zu fürchten, der keine Grundlage hat. Warum sollte also die Mutter des Hohepriesters davor Angst haben, dass ihr Sohn aufgrund des Fluches eines Mörders sterben könnte?

Der Talmud Jeruschalmi (Jerusalemer Talmud) erklärt, dass es einen Unterschied gibt zwischen einem Fluch und einem Gebet. Ein grundloser Fluch wird nicht umgesetzt, aber es gibt keine Garantie, dass ein ungerechtfertigtes und grundloses Gebet nicht erhört wird.

Es gibt eine weitere Halacha (jüdisches Gesetz) in Bezug auf den Hohepriester, die auf genau dieselbe Lehre verweist.

Wir lesen am Jom Kippur während der Awoda (Schilderung des Tempeldienstes am Jom Kippur) beim Mussaf-Gebet, dass zu Zeiten des Bejt HaMikdasch (Tempels), als der Kohel Gadol das Kodesch HaKodaschim (Allerheiligste) verliess, er ein kurzes Gebet sprach. Wofür betete er zu diesem erhabenen Zeitpunkt?

Eines der Dinge, die er sagte, war: “Bitte ignoriere die Gebete der Wanderer.”

Der Hohepriester sorgte sich, dass jemand inmitten einer Reise ein paar Tropfen Regen spüren könnte. Um nicht in einem Gewitter hängen zu bleiben, könnte er dafür beten, dass der Regen aufhören solle. Da dieses egoistische Gebet verhängnisvoll für die Bauern und die Allgemeinheit wäre, musste der Hohepriester einige der erhebendsten Momente dafür aufwenden (als er das Allerheiligste verliess), für die Annullierung solcher Gebete zu beten – weil ihm bewusst war, dass Haschem auch einen einzelnen Wanderer erhören könnte!

Um zu verstehen, wie und warum dies so ist, müssen wir eine Geschichte in der Gemara (Talmud) analysieren.

Der Talmud besagt, dass ein Dämon mehrere Mitglieder der Jeschiwa von Rabbi Acha bar Ja’akow verletzte – und alle ihre Versuche, sich dieses Dämons zu entledigen, schlugen fehl.

Eines Tages hörte Rabbi Acha bar Ja’akow, dass Abaje seine Stadt besuchen würde – und er hatte einen Plan. Er ordnete an, dass niemand Abaje zu sich nach Hause einladen sollte – was ihn dazu zwingen würde, in dieser Nacht in der Schul (Synagoge) zu übernachten, wo die Jeschiwa lernte. Rabbi Acha nahm an, dass Abaje den Dämon antreffen und dafür beten würde, dass er ein für alle Mal verschwinden möge.

In der Tat war es dies, was geschah.

Der Maharscha stellt zu dieser Geschichte eine Frage. Wie konnte Rabbi Acha bar Ja’akow das Leben von Abaje gefährden – unter der Annahme, dass er irgendwie schon lebendig und wohlauf aus dieser Sache herauskommen würde? Woher wusste er, dass ein Wunder nicht nur Abaje, sondern auch die ganze Stadt vor dieser Gefahr retten würde? Selbst unter der Annahme, dass man sich auf Wunder verlassen dürfte (was aber verboten ist), würde ein Mensch, der genügend Verdienste hat, um ein Wunder entstehen zu lassen, seine Verdienste nicht dafür verschwenden wollen, um ihm ein Wunder geschehen zu lassen.

Woher nahm sich Rabbi Acha das Recht heraus, Abaje einen Teil seiner Verdienste verlieren zu lassen?

Der Maharscha antwortet, Rabbi Acha bar Ja’akow hatte gefühlt, dass Abaje imstande sein würde, diesen Dämon durch sein Gebet zu stoppen – nicht durch ein Wunder. Gebete, wie er erklärt, sind Teil der natürlichen Weltordnung – und da es ein Naturgesetz ist, verliert man keinerlei Verdienste, wenn man es anwendet.

Dasselbe bezieht sich auf Gebete unabsichtlicher Mörder in einer Ir Miklat – und auch auf Wanderer, die von Regen heimgesucht werden.

Zwar gibt es tatsächlich keinen Grund dafür, dass Haschem solcherlei Wünschen nachkommen sollte, den Hohepriester sterben zu lassen oder den Regen zu stoppen, weil eine einzelne Person mit nasser Kleidung nach Hause kommen würde. Doch Gebete sind ein natürlicher Teil des Systems, auf dem diese Welt beruht – und sie können auch ohne einen unmittelbar ersichtlichen Grund erhört werden.

Wenn wir anerkennen, wie wirkungsvoll Gebete sind, selbst wenn ein Mensch für ungeheuerliche, unverschämte Dinge betet (dass der Hohepriester sterben möge; dass kein Regen mehr fallen soll), dann wissen wir, um wieviel mehr unsere Gebete wirken können, wenn wir beten, besser Torah lernen zu können, bessere Eltern zu sein, bessere Eheleute und bessere Gemeindemitglieder!

 

Rav Frand, Copyright © 2013 by Rav Frand und Project Genesis, Inc und Verein Lema’an Achai / Jüfo-Zentrum.

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PARENTING: On Loan

On Loan
Iyar 20, 5774 · May 20, 2014

 

Children have a way of pushing buttons.

And when they push a certain button at a certain time with a certain degree of intensity, the result may be the desire to give that child the punishment he deserves.

A chassid once wrote to the Rebbe that he had a hard time restraining himself from hitting his child, even though that was not the way he wanted to raise him.

The Rebbe responded, “Imagine if this was your neighbor’s child. Would you ever consider lifting your hand to another’s child?”

In truth, our children are not our own. They were entrusted to our care as a loan, given to us by G‑d to raise and care for.

When Chanah, the mother of Samuel the prophet, was thanking G‑d for her child after many years of infertility, she said, “This is the child that I prayed for, for G‑d has given me what I asked for.” The Hebrew word for asked, sha’alah, can also mean “borrowed.”

Chana was cognizant that this precious son that she was to care for was not her own, but rather a loan that G‑d had entrusted to her.

Thoughtstream: Today, I will take care of my child carefully and lovingly, for G‑d has entrusted me with the most precious loan.

(Adapted from Torat Menachem 5744, vol. 1, p. 159.)

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Machon Meir for over the last 35 years has been a place for all of Am Yisrael to come and learn more about their Jewish roots. It is a place to get a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the Nation of Israel and the importance of living in the Land of Israel. Since its inception it has grown to become more than just a center for Jewish learning. It now has expanded into a facility that has over 600 students with classes in Hebrew, English, Russian, French and Spanish. Its main student body is made up of Israelis, which is great for the student from abroad to be able to get a first hand feel of what the Israeli Religious culture is like. It also has thousands of Alumni who frequently visit Machon Meir and stay in personal contact with their Rabbis.
It has also opened up a Religious Zionist seminary for women speakers of Hebrew, Spanish and Russian called Machon Ora. If you would like to visit their website go to ttp://mora.machonmeir.net/heb/

Machon Meir is also the only place in Jerusalem which offers Kosher, Torani Ulpan classes for men only to learn Hebrew. These classes take place during the afternoon hours Sunday-Wednesday. If you would like to visit their website go to ttp://ulpan-ivrit.co.il/

Machon Meir has become known throughout Israel as the place to go to learn more and grow as a Jewish person and member of Am Yisrael. It has also become the landing point for many new immigrants from all the countries in the Diaspora because of its value on full integration into Israeli society and the encouragement to be a part of the Israeli Defense Force.

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Tammuz 11, 5774 · July 9, 2014
Decisions, Decisions

“I hate making decisions!” Sammy said in frustration to his mother one evening. “I’m always scared that I’ll make the wrong choice.”

“I know, I feel the same way,” his mother sighed. “But what world-shaking decisions did you have to make today, Sammy?”

“Well, remember there was a flood and a lot of books in our school’s library got ruined? Today I was asked to organize the class fundraising campaign to replenish the library shelves, and I have to decide on the best way to do it. Should I make a sponsored walk or a swim or a climb, or should we have a raffle, or maybe a bazaar? Which way do you think would raise the most money?”

“Well,” Sammy’s mother responded, “I suppose that whatever you do depends on how hard your classmates work to make it a success. But I think you should choose that which you think you’d most enjoy doing.”

“Oh, I don’t know, they all seem to be fun. I wish I had something to help me decide—like the Urim Vetumim.”

“Tell me more about the Urim Vetumim,” his mother said. “It sounds interesting!”

“We just learnt about it in our weekly Torah portion class,” Sammy explained. “TheUrim Vetumim was a parchment that had the name of G‑d written on it, and it was placed inside the breastplate that the High Priest wore.

“The breastplate had twelve precious stones, one for each tribe. Each of these stones was engraved with the name of one of the tribes. Now, when the leader of the Jewish people would have a question, he would go and ask it to the High Priest. Letters on the stones on the breastplate would light up and give the answer. The Urim Vetumim was like the battery that powered the stones.”

“Wow, that’s really amazing!” Sammy’s mother exclaimed. “That means that the Jewish people would always know the right thing to do. Too bad we don’t have the Urim Vetumim any more. They might give us the answers to quite a few of our current problems! And also you could ask the Urim Vetumim what to do for the fundraising campaign.”

“I know,” sighed Sammy. “Wouldn’t that be amazing? But actually, I think they only used the Urim Vetumim for big important questions, like if they should go to war or not. The king and the High Priest had to do the asking. I don’t think the king or the High Priest would have the time to worry about my fundraising campaign…”

“You are quite right,” said his mother. “The Urim Vetumim was only used for very major things. For everyday life you have to look at different sides to a problem, sometimes consult different people, in some cases ask a rabbi…”

“That’s all true,” said Sammy. “And I suppose there are some decisions that I have to make for myself anyway. I think I’ve got the idea of what will be best. Thank you for listening to me, Mum; that was very helpful—you’re almost as good as the Urim Vetumim!”

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Hey Kids!As we write this week’s newsletter, our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Land of Israel are going through a difficult time. Thousands of Jewish boys and girls are hiding in bomb shelters, fearing attacks from Israel’s neighboring nations.

Jewish children are very powerful. Can you imagine what would happen if each of the children reading this would do an extra Mitzvah for Israel? We can create a whole army of good deeds that will surely bring peace and protection to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

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GARDEN OF TORAH: Forward Movement (Massei)

Tammuz 26, 5774 · July 24, 2014
Forward Movement
Masei

Adapted from
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. II, p. 348;
Vol. VI, p. 111ff, 235ff; Vol. XXIII, p. 224

Signs of Life

Life and activity are almost synonymous, for movement is one of the fundamental signs of life. Simple, inert matter is limited to its particular place or its particular course, while an entity with a soul has the ability to move from one place to another of its choosing.

Moreover, in the human sphere, the tendency toward physical, mental and spiritual movement expresses itself in an “upward” direction. A person seeks to grow and advance. This is surely true with regard to our Divine service. For implicit in the awareness of the spiritual is the recognition of a thrust towards self-transcendence, a willingness to go beyond oneself and gain fulfillment by developing a connection to one’s unlimited, G-dly source.1

Personal Journeys

These concepts are reflected in this week’s Torah reading, Parshas Masei. Maseimeans “journeys,” and the reading enumerates the 42 different stages in the journey of the newborn Jewish nation from the land of Egypt until its entry into Eretz Yisrael. The Baal Shem Tov explains2 that these 42 stages in our people’s journey are mirrored in the life of every individual as he proceeds from birth his personal “exodus from Egypt” until his entry into “the Land of Life” the spiritual counterpart of Eretz Yisrael.

This entire journey through the wilderness (and through life) is intended to reflect continual spiritual growth. Even those stages which are associated with negative events have a positive impetus at their source.

For example, one of the campings of the Jewish people was called Kivros HaTaaveh, “the Graves of [those possessed by] Craving,” where the Jews buried the people who were punished as a result of their lust for meat.3

The name Kivros HaTaaveh, literally means “the Graves of Craving,” i.e., in this place, the Jews were to reach such a high level of connection to G-d that they would “bury” all material cravings. Nevertheless, since G-d desires that the Jews’ spiritual attainments be achieved by their own efforts, the people were given free choice, and in this instance they failed. Despite their failure, the impetus associated with this place and the corresponding potential that can be realized by every Jew is positive.

Moreover, even when a person does not at first realize the positive potential at a particular stage of his life, and falters in the face of a spiritual challenge, he must know that his “journey” is not over. This is only one phase, and a temporary descent can ultimately lead to an ascent,4 if corrected through the service of teshuvah.

An Encampment or a Journey?

The above concepts raise a question with regard to the wording chosen by the Torah. As mentioned, the word masei means “journeys,” and yet within the Torah reading, the meaning of the term is “campings.” From a linguistic perspective, there is no difficulty with such a usage, because as Rashi comments previously:5 “Since [the Jews] later journeyed from the place of these encampments, it is appropriate to describe them with the term maasaos.” Nevertheless, the question is one of focus. Seemingly, the fact that every encampment is named appears to place an emphasis on each of these stopping points as an entity in its own right.

It is possible to explain that the intent is to emphasize that all these encampments were merely intermediary stages in the journey to Eretz Yisrael. Our sights must always be on the ultimate goal; in no way should a temporary resting place be considered as anything more than that.

Without discounting the positive aspects of such an explanation, it does not appear appropriate in the context of this Torah reading. For the Torah recounts these 42 places with the intent of highlighting the events that occurred in each one:6 to learn from them, and recalling the teaching of the Baal Shem Tov to apply these lessons within our own spiritual endeavors.

Since each step of the journey represents a phase of holiness, it possesses an importance of its own. Indeed, our Sages state7 that because the encampments were made “according to G-d’s word,”8 every one was endowed with a dimension of permanence. Why then does the Torah refer to them in a way that underscores their temporary nature?

The Goal of Our Divine Service

It is possible to explain that the Torah uses the term maasaos, “journeys,” because this is the ultimate expression of man’s potential. As mentioned above, our spiritual potential is expressed in the transcending of our immediate circumstances. In this vein, Chassidic thought9 interprets the verse to mean10 “I will grant you [the potential to] progress among those that stand.”

“Those that stand,” refer to the angels or noncorporeal souls as they exist in the spiritual realms. They are described as “stand[ing],” because their spiritual service remains always on the same level.11 A mortal, by contrast, has the potential for unbounded growth, and can “progress” far beyond his current rung.12 To highlight this potential, and to establish its expression as one of the goals of Divine service, the Torah calls these encampments maasaos.

Setting Out To Change

Every advance has two phases: a departure from the previous state and an approach to the future state. Masei points primarily to the departure. We see this in the expression hesia (which shares the same root as masei) es dato, which means “he diverted his attention.”

What is the point of this emphasis? When a person can see his destination, his degree of progress is defined. Masei, by contrast, underscores setting out towards uncharted horizons, as the Jews in the desert followed the pillar of cloud. For radical advance can be achieved only when one makes an unrestrained commitment to change.13

The Ultimate Journey

On the verse,14 “These are the journeys of the children of Israel who left the land of Egypt,” the Alter Rebbe asks:15 “It is with one journey from Raamses to Sukkos which the Jews left Egypt. Why are all the subsequent ‘journeys’ associated with the exodus from Egypt?”

The Alter Rebbe explains that the plural term is used because every journey of the Jewish people throughout the centuries has been “from the land of Egypt” (a state of limitation) to Eretz Yisrael (the state of ultimate freedom that will be experienced in the Era of the Redemption).16

Focusing on this ultimate goal makes all of one’s accomplishments secondary in importance. For no matter how great, they are dwarfed by awareness of the crowning goal, the coming of Mashiach.17

The Individual and the Whole

The macrocosm the journey of mankind as a whole is reflected within the personal journey of every individual. For everyone must realize that he has his own mission, and a pace at which it will be accomplished. For some, the journey involves stepping beyond already refined states of spiritual awareness, while for others, it involves refraining from crass material involvement and setting forth on the trek to find spiritual purpose.

There is, however, a common denominator to all these personal journeys. They all involve a “departure from Egypt,” for even the most developed state is limited when compared to the ultimate goal. And none of these journeys has a self-contained objective; they are all merely phases in our progress toward that goal.

With one journey, a person can leave his personal Egypt and join mankind’s progress toward the Redemption. And this first journey predicates another, initiating a sequence which will continue until the ultimate objective is reached, and we all enter Eretz Yisrael again, led by Mashiach.

CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: On The Move (Massei)

Masei
Tammuz 26, 5774 · July 24, 2014

 

On The Move

The Torah portion Masei begins by stating:1 “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who left Egypt….” The Torah then goes on to recount all the places where the Jews resided during their 40-year trek from Egypt to the Promised Land.

Our Sages2 ask: By recounting the places where the Jewish people camped rather than the journeys themselves, the Torah is indicating that the resting places are more important than the journeys. This being so, the verse should have stated: “These are the encampments …,” rather than “These are the journeys …” Especially so, since the Jews spent the majority of these 40 years in their encampments, and not in travel.

The ultimate purpose of both the Jews’ travels and encampments was, of course, to enter Eretz Yisrael. The encampments were therefore also termed “journeys,” for they served no purpose in and of themselves.

In commenting on the verse, “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who left Egypt….” the Baal Shem Tov notes3 that the 42 journeys of the Jewish people from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael are mirrored in the 42 spiritual journeys undertaken by each and every Jew from the time of his birth — his personal departure from “Egypt” — to his arrival at the edge of the “Land of Life.”

Understandably, the “rest stops” and “encampments” along the way refer to the various stages of spiritual growth to be experienced during life’s journey.

But the previous question reoccurs: Surely, since the emphasis is on man’s accomplishments — his “encampments” — the verse should have stated “These are the encampments ,” rather than “These are the journeys ”?

In order for man to accomplish all that he is capable of, he must be constantly “on the move.” We thus find the following difference between “stopping” and “moving” in terms of man’s service:4

Even when a person rises from level to level, if the new level is comparable to the previous one, the individual has not truly departed from the lower level, and is considered to be “stationary.”

“On the move” means there is no comparison between a person’s former state and his present one — the individual has totally departed from his previous level.

The verse therefore emphasizes “the journeys ,” indicating that a Jew should never be satisfied with moving from one level to a comparable one. Rather, he must constantly “journey” in a manner whereby his next stage is infinitely higher than his current one.

This latter manner of “travel” contains two elements: departing from the previous level and attaining the infinitely higher one. As long as there has not been a complete departure from the former level, the higher level cannot be attained.

This, then, is the meaning of “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who left Egypt ….” Why was it necessary for there to be many “journeys” in order to leave Egypt; it would seem that with the first journey the Jewish people already departed Egypt?5

Egypt is symbolic of spiritual limitations. Thus, the “encampments” — the spiritual achievements en route — did not constitute complete redemption from “Egypt.” In order to arrive at the Promised Land, there had to be a total departure from previous “encampments,” for each stopping — no matter how lofty the waystation — itself represented a lingering within the state of “Egypt.”

Based on Likkutei Sichos Vol. XXIII, pp. 224-227.

ONCE UPON A CHASID: The Chassid and the Fool at the Leipzig Fair (Massei)

Tammuz 26, 5774 · July 24, 2014
The Chassid and the Fool at the Leipzig Fair

These are the journeys of the children of Israel (33:1)

Our chapter opens, “These are the journeys of the children of Israel.” However, it then proceeds to recount the 42 encampments at which they stopped during their wanderings in the Sinai Desert!

But these encampments were not ends unto themselves – only way-stations and stepping stones to advance the nation of Israel in their goal of attaining the Promised Land. So the stops themselves are referred to as “journeys”.

– Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory

Once Rabbi Hillel of Paritch was struck with an immense longing to spend Shabbos with his Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch. But to realize this desire was quite another matter: it was already late in the week, and the distance from Babroisk (where Reb Hillel lived at the time) to Lubavitch formidable. There seemed no way to make it to the Rebbe in time for Shabbos.

But then a young chassid offered to make the trip. His sleek new coach and superb horses could do the job, he insisted. However, time was of supreme essence. So Reb Hillel must agree to two condition: they would take the highway (as a rule, Reb Hillel refused to make use of the paved roadway constructed by the wicked czar Nikolai) and Rabbi Hillel would not take too much time with his prayers. Under the circumstances, Reb Hillel agreed.

That night they slept at a wayside inn. In the morning, the young fellow prayed and breakfasted and then looked in on Reb Hillel. Still praying. After a while he checked again – same story. Hours went by, and still the elder chassid continued to pour out his heart before his Creator.

When Reb Hillel finally finished, his companion was quite upset: “I don’t understand – you wanted to spend Shabbos with the Rebbe, and you promised to hurry with your prayers. Now you’ve ruined all our chances of reaching Lubavitch on time!”

Answered Reb Hillel: “Say you wished to journey to the Leipzig fair to purchase some rare merchandise, available nowhere else. But on the way you met another merchant, who is offering the very same wares at a good price. Only a fool would say: ‘But I must go to Leipzig!’ The purpose of the journey is not some town or another, but the sought-after merchandise.

“Why does one go to the Rebbe, if to not seek his counsel concerning the ‘service of the heart’, if not to learn how to arouse oneself to the love and awe of G-d in prayer? So if on the way to Lubavitch my praying goes well, should I dump the merchandise and run to Leipzig?”

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT: The Prayers of the High Priest (Massei)

Tammuz 26, 5774 · July 24, 2014
The Prayers of the High Priest

What is the function of spiritual leadership? To inspire, to guide? To have vision for the future? Yes, all of that. But this week’s Torah reading adds a further dimension: to feel a sense of connection with every individual, to pray on their behalf, to seek to connect them with the Divine and to protect them both physically and spiritually.

The Torah describes the sad case of a person who accidentally – but negligently – brought about someone’s death. This is a tragic event, and the Torah text uses the term “murderer” for the one who caused the accident, despite the fact that it was not planned as a crime and was not the result of personal hatred.

This serious action needs atonement, and the Torah instructs that in the Land of Israel, six Cities of Refuge should be established. The accidental murderer has to flee to one of these cities, and remain there for the rest of his life. Only through this can he gain atonement for the tragedy he caused.

The Torah adds an interesting point. If the High Priest passes away, the accidental murderer is permitted to leave the City of Refuge and return home.1 One explanation of this is that the passing away of the righteous atones for the sins of the generation. The fact that the High Priest, the spiritual leader of the generation, has left the world attains atonement for many people, including the accidental murderer, and he is then able to return home.2

Rashi gives a different explanation. He says that the High Priest should have been praying for the benefit of his generation in a way which would have prevented such negligent accidents from taking place. This means that the fact that the accident occurred indicates a flaw in the spiritual service of the High Priest himself. He should have been concerned for the spiritual wellbeing of every person. That concern, expressed through his intense power of prayer, would have prevented the accident.

When the High Priest passes away, atonement is achieved for his error in not praying for the weaker members of his generation, and this also affects the accidental murderer. He too is now atoned for his blunder and can go home.3

This demonstrates the nature of Jewish leadership. The High Priest was an exalted figure, living in the atmosphere of the sacred Temple. Yet he should be concerned for every individual in the Jewish people, including those who are liable to fall into dangerous and harmful behavior. He cannot think that his sanctity protects him. On the contrary, it gives him a tremendous responsibility to be concerned for everyone.

This of course applies to each of us. We cannot think that we are separate from those who are more challenged in spiritual or moral terms. The whole Jewish people is one, and further, the Jew has to be concerned about the spiritual wellbeing of everyone in society.4

Through this kind of concern on the part of every member of the Jewish people, with leaders on every level who express this ideal, we will be able to bring the world to the next stage of history, the ultimate Redemption.

THE FREEMAN FILES: How Does My Mitzvah Help a Soldier in Gaza?

How Does My Mitzvah Help a Soldier in Gaza?
Tammuz 24, 5774 · July 22, 2014

 

Dear Ask-the-Rabbi,

My rabbi visited my clinic today and asked me to wrap tefillin. He said it was for our boys in Gaza. So I did.

On Friday my wife lit Shabbat candles—which she doesn’t always do. She said it was for our boys in Gaza. Somehow that made sense to her. And to me.

But now I started thinking. I’m an educated man, a doctor, and I try to make sense of things. But once I’m thinking, I don’t have an explanation. How does it work? What’s the mechanism—the cause and effect? And why did it make sense before thinking?

—Puzzled Jew

Dear Puzzled Jew,

Yes, a puzzle—that’s a good example. A jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces connect to make a single whole. Same thing with Jews and mitzvahs. All of our people and all of our mitzvahs fit together to make a single, integral whole. And every piece is needed.

Think of the entire Jewish people as a single living organism, and then it all makes sense.

 

But let me give you a better metaphor, something which you as a doctor can surely relate to. Think of the entire Jewish people as a single living organism, and then it all makes sense.

A living being, I’m sure you realize, is not like some clunky machine. For one thing, machines are made by putting parts together that originally had nothing to do with one another. Even once built, a machine is still a jumble of parts. But a living organism starts off as a single cell that then unfolds itself into an entire creature—and in such a way that even once fully developed and functioning, it remains a singularity.

In other words, unlike a machine, a living being is a single being.

And in a single being, locality is secondary. What happens in one part of a living being immediately changes the entire organism. Which is how the Jewish people works as well.

Okay, here’s an example you’re probably familiar with: Caenorhabditis elegans. I’ll bet you studied little C. elegans back in medical school—because it is holds the distinction of being the most exhaustively studied and exposed creature in the world.

C. elegans is a one-millimeter-long, transparent roundworm with exactly 959 cells (we human organisms have about 75 trillion cells). Researchers hoped that by starting with this one simple paradigm, eventually all the processes and rules that govern life could be explained. And so, by 1980, the fate of each of those cells from egg to adult was already mapped out.

But those researchers never got what they bargained for. In 2002, Sydney Brenner received a Nobel prize for all the time he spent with that little worm. Critics balked. They claimed Brenner hadn’t explained a thing—all he had done was to describe what goes on inside the little critter. And Brenner had to acknowledge they were right. “It’s not a neat, sequential process,” he explained. “It’s everything going on at the same time . . . there is hardly a shorter way of giving a rule for what goes on than just describing what there is.” (my emphasis)

Call that an irreducible singularity. Something whose only description is itself. Which means that if one part were missing, it would not be what it is. And whenever one part changes, the entirety has instantly changed.

Something like a symphony: You can’t provide me a mathematical equation that will produce Beethoven’s Pastoral. The only description I can have is by listening to it. And if one part is changed—a sweet note gone sour, or a thundering triad played softly—the experience of the entire symphony has changed.

Now apply that to the Jewish people. We are one—essentially and integrally one. We have one G‑d, one Torah, one story to tell and one destiny at which we will arrive. Each one of us has his or her integral part to play. And so, whatever any one of us does immediately redefines the state of our entire people.

Locality is meaningless—it’s not a case of cause and effect. It doesn’t take time for the signal to travel, it needs no medium to carry it, and it doesn’t diminish over space or time. Our entire people spread over the entire globe, from Abraham until you and me—we are all one irreducible singularity. One Jew has done a mitzvah—the entire people is immediately enriched, and that enrichment is felt in every individual.

Take it further: If you somehow connect with another Jew who is struggling with some ethical challenge in life, find that same challenge within yourself, fix it up—and you’ll discover that this other Jew now has an easier time overcoming that struggle. That’s how deeply we are connected.

That also answers your last question: Why did it make sense before thinking? Strange thing: I’ve also asked many Jews to wrap tefillin or light Shabbat candles or do some other mitzvah “for our boys in Gaza.” Every Jew I have asked immediately gets it. “Of course,” they say. “It’s a mitzvah.”

Because a Jew feels the effect of the mitzvah. And a Jew knows we are a people above time and space.

We are one. Everything else is commentary. Now go do another mitzvah for our boys in Gaza.


Sources
Mostly, this is based on the Rebbe’s maamar “Amar Rabbi Oshaya,” 19 Kislev, 5739. For an excellent discussion of the difference between organism and mechanism, see Stephen L. Talbott’s series of essays in The New Atlantis, especially What Do Organisms Mean? in the August 2011 edition. There is more fascinating material on this subject scattered throughout the Web.

GARDEN OF TORAH: True Strength (Matot)

Tammuz 19, 5774 · July 17, 2014
True Strength
Matos

Adapted from
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XVIII, p. 378ff;
Vol.XXIII, p. 206ff;
Sefer HaSichos 5748, p. 554ff;
Sefer HaSichos 5751, p. 709ff;
Sichos Shabbos Matos-Masei, 5742

An Approach-Avoidance Conflict

The character traits of strength and firmness evoke mixed responses. On one hand, everyone admires personal fortitude, and respects an individual who has the courage to persevere in his convictions despite challenges. And yet a strong person can also be thought of as rigid and insensitive, clinging stubbornly to his own views without bending in consideration of others. Counseling against this tendency, our Sages commented,1 “A person should always be pliant like a reed, and not hard like a cedar.”

Although the image of personal strength projected by popular society sometimes muddles the distinctions between these two types of firmness, a discerning person should not become confused. The hardness of insensitivity reflects an inability to respond to the cues of life. Positive inner strength, by contrast, allows for an active response to those cues, but this response is determined, not by the pressures of one’s environment, but by the depth of one’s convictions.

Flexibility vs. Unfailing Firmness

These concepts are reflected in the name of this week’s Torah reading: Matos. The singular form, mateh, literally means “staff.” This term is also used to refer to the tribes of the Jewish people, because the leader of each tribe was distinguished by his staff of leadership.2 For similar reasons, the word shevet, literally, meaning “rod,” is also used as a synonym for “tribe.”

What is the difference between these two terms? A rod is supple, able to be bent, while a staff is firm and unyielding. For a rod is freshly cut or still connected to the tree from which it grew and is therefore pliant. A staff, by contrast, has been detached from its tree long ago, and over time has become dry, hard, and firm.

Both terms serve as analogies for different levels in the expression of our souls’ potential.3 The term “rod” refers to the soul as it exists in the spiritual realms, where its connection to G-dliness is palpably appreciated. It shares an active bond with the lifegiving, spiritual nurture it receives. “Staff,” by contrast, refers to the soul as it exists in our material world, enclothed in a physical body. On the conscious level, it has been severed from its spiritual source, and its connection to G-dliness is no longer felt.

In this setting, there is the possibility for both the positive and the negative types of strength and hardness. There is a tendency towards spiritual insensitivity, a brittle lack of responsiveness to the G-dliness invested within creation. On the other hand, it is also within our material world that the strength of a person’s resolve is revealed. For to observe the Torah and its mitzvos despite the challenges of our environment requires the steadfast resolution that stems from an inner awareness of the truth of one’s mission.

Moreover, when a person makes such a commitment, he is granted more strength than he personally possesses; the essence of the soul’s power will express itself through his efforts. This reflects a deeper spiritual source than the level of soul revealed in the spiritual worlds. For in the spiritual realms, the soul’s powers of perception are of primary importance. The essence, the very core of the soul, however, transcends all perception, for it is an actual part of G-d,4 a spiritual potential that cannot be contained even within the more subtle restraints of spiritual existence. It is this essential potential which provides powerful resources of strength to the soul as it is enclothed in the body, enabling it to persevere in its Divine service.5

This reflects the uniqueness of our world “the garden”6 which grows the “trees” from which these “staffs” are cut. Although the material setting causes the soul to feel separate from its source, this challenge evokes the expression of our deepest spiritual potentials. This in turn endows a person with the strength of a king the ability to master his environment and shape it according to the Torah’s desires.

Expressing Power

The concept of strength is also reflected in the content of this Torah reading, which begins with laws regarding vows. Here we see the power possessed by every Jew. Each member of our people even a youth who has not yet reached the age of Bar Mitzvah has the ability to invest the entities of our material world with holiness, endowing them with the sanctity of the sacrifices offered in the Beis HaMikdash.

And these laws apply not only in the era of the Beis HaMikdash, but even during our present exile.

The Torah reading continues, describing the war against Midian, which as explained in Chassidic thought, serves as an analogy for our efforts to nullify the forces of strife and discord. By spreading unbounded love, we have the power to wipe out these traits,7 as the war against Midian caused the utter annihilation of that nation.

A Twofold Message

Parshas Matos is often read together with Parshas MaseiMasei means “journeys.” This Torah reading describes the journeys of the Jewish people through the des ert an analogy for the journey of souls from the spiritual realm to our material world.

More particularly, the two dimensions of the descent that the hardness of a matehreflects are also emphasized in Parshas Masei. The negative dimension the lack of a revealed connection to one’s G-dly core is implied by the name “journeys,” for the descent of the soul to this material world is indeed drastic.

The positive dimension the powerful manifestation of the soul’s essence is also alluded to by the name Masei. For it is through its descent into this material realm that the soul acquires the potential for an unparalleled upward movement. For the connection between the essence of the soul and the essence of G-d achieved in this world lifts the soul to a far higher rung than that on which it existed previously.

Moreover, when Parshas Matos is read together with Parshas Masei, the Shabbos is called Shabbos Chazak “the Shabbos of reinforcement,” because of the custom8 of declaring, Chazak, Chazak, Venischazaik (“Be strong, be strong, and may you be strengthened”) at the conclusion of the Torah reading, in acknowledgment of the completion of the Book of Numbers. This couples the strength of Parshas Matos with the strength achieved by the Jewish people through their completion of one of the books of the Chumash.

Strength in Exile, the UltimateStrength in Redemption

Parshas Matos is always read during Bein HaMetzarim the three weeks between the fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the fast of Tishah BeAv (the Ninth of Av), which are associated with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Beis HaMikdash. This recalls the negative qualities of a staff’s firmness, the severed connection to the source of vitality.9

On the other hand, this period is also connected with our people’s hopes of Redemption.10 Indeed, Tishah BeAv, the anniversary of the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash is described as “the birthday of Mashiach11 a day which generates a new impetus for the coming of the Redemption. Herein lies a connection to a staff’s positive quality of firmness, because: a) in the Era of the Redemption, our people will reap the fruit of their determined resolution to carry out G-d’s will despite the challenges of Exile; and b) it is in the Era of the Redemption that G-d’s essence, the ultimate source of strength, will become manifest in our world, His dwelling.

CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: Two Tribes and Half of One (Matot)

Tammuz 19, 5774 · July 17, 2014
Matos

Two Tribes and Half of One

The Torah portion Matos relates1 how the tribes of Gad and Reuven asked Moshe to grant them their portion of land, not in Eretz Yisrael proper, but on the other side of the Jordan. They requested this since they had many herds and the land on the other side of the Jordan was ideal for grazing.

Moshe was at first extremely displeased with their request. Only after they promised to first lead the Jews into Eretz Yisrael did Moshe agree. The verse goes on to say:2 “And Moshe gave to the children of Gad and Reuven, and to half the tribe of Menashe, son of Yosef, the kingdom of Sichon.”

But how does half the tribe of Menashe get into the act? During the give-and-take between Moshe, Gad and Reuven, not once is it mentioned that half the tribe of Menashe also wanted a portion on the other side of the Jordan!

Our Sages state3 that the half-tribe of Menashe did not choose the other side of the Jordan on its own, but rather that Moshe presented it to them.

This, too, must be understood. How is it that Moshe, who originally found the request by Gad and Reuven so repulsive, should then ask half the tribe of Menashe to join the others beyond the Jordan?

Evidently, there is a major difference between Gad and Reuven and half the tribe of Menashe; for Gad and Reuven it was considered a fault, while for half the tribe of Menashe, it was considered a meritorious deed.

Wherein lies the difference?

The Torah goes on to relate4 that G-d eventually showed Moshe the “entire land”ofEretz Yisrael. Clearly, this was not just for sightseeing; Moshe’s gaze brought with it a degree of sanctification.5 Thus the Gemara states:6 “All places that G-d showed Moshe must be tithed.”

Why was it necessary for Moshe to see the entire land, and thereby effectuate sanctification?

All the essential things relating to the Jewish people were accomplished by Moshe. Thus it was that Moshe received the entire Torah and then transmitted it.7 And Moshe is inexorably bound up with the nation’s redemption — not only from the first exile, but from the last exile as well. This is in accord with the saying of our Sages:8 “Moshe is both the first and the final redeemer.”

Since the inheritance of Eretz Yisrael is a crucial aspect in the life of the Jewish people,9 it follows that this too had to be connected in some way with Moshe. Therefore, although Moshe did not actually enter the land, it was necessary that he at least sanctify it by seeing it.

With regard to the inheritance of Eretz Yisrael, we learn that in times to come, its boundaries shall be broadened. Since all crucial matters “pass through” Moshe, it follows that the broadened boundaries also had to be connected with him in some way.

This is why Moshe gave half the tribe of Menashe a portion on the other side of the Jordan, for this represents a broadening of the boundaries.

Herein lies the main difference between the inheritance of Gad and Reuven and the inheritance of Menashe:

The acquisition of land on the other side of the Jordan by the tribes of Gad and Reuven came about a) as a result of their own request; b) as a result of monetary considerations, and c) with the stipulation that they forego their portion of Eretz Yisrael.

In contrast, half the tribe of Menashe a) received its portion through Moshe; b) retained a portion in Eretz Yisrael proper, and most importantly, c) this “extra-territorial” portion served as a forerunner of the broadened boundaries in times to come.

This also explains why Moshe chose the tribe of Menashe, for as related in the previous portion of Pinchas with regard to the daughters of Tzelafchad, it was that tribe which demonstrated passionate love for Eretz Yisrael.

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 210-215

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT:Balancing the Spiritual and the Practical (Matot)

Tammuz 19, 5774 · July 17, 2014
Balancing the Spiritual and the Practical

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A constant theme in Jewish teaching is the interface between spirituality and life, between idealistic dreams and harsh reality. The clash between these two dimensions, and the attempt to find a resolution of the problem, is expressed in an incident in the Torah reading of Matot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42).

After forty years wandering in the desert, the Jewish people were camped on the eastern bank of the Jordan. Soon they will cross the Jordan and conquer the Land of Israel. Now a group of two Tribes (Reuben and Gad) approached Moses and made a request. “We have flocks of sheep,” they said. “The area where we are on the east of the Jordan is good sheep country. Let us stay here instead of crossing the Jordan.”

Moses’ reaction was extreme concern. He saw this as a replay of the argument withthe Spies some forty years previously, when the people claimed that it would be better not to enter the Land. The request to remain east of the Jordan seemed similar. However, after a discussion with the two tribes, Moses agreed. As long as they helped the rest of the Jewish people to conquer the area West of the Jordan, everything would be fine.

What is happening here? What are the real issues?

Chassidic commentaries explain that the generation of the Spies did not want to enter the Land because they preferred the spirituality of the desert. There they could feel close to G-d. They did not have to work for their livelihood: the manna from heaven and the water from the rock supplied their physical needs. Going into the Land would mean plowing and reaping, and all the humdrum activities of daily life. So they preferred to remain in the desert. This overbalancing in favor of the purely spiritual was condemned by G-d.

When tribes of Reuben and Gad asked to be able to stay on the east bank of the Jordan where they could graze their sheep, it seemed to be the same kind of claim. The Sages tell us the reason why many of our ancestors (including the Patriarchs and the sons of Jacob) were sheep farmers is because this activity enabled them to maintain a spiritual frame of mind, far from the hurly burly of the city.

At first Moses was upset by this request. It was another case of rejection of the reality of life. Yet then he came to terms with it. Why?

The generation of the Spies wanted the entire Jewish people to remain in a spiritual world. By contrast, the two tribes were a minority. Further, they agreed that they would cross the Jordan in order to help the rest of the Jewish people conquer the Land. This means they accepted that their spirituality was for the benefit of others. Moses was then able to approve their plan.

In our own time, there are people who are primarily active in the world of commerce and the professions, while there are others who devote themselves to the spiritual dimension of life, and studying Torah is their prime activity. The presence of these two groups, those active in the practical world and the scholars, is a time-honored feature of the Jewish community. (In general society, too, there are many full time academic scholars).

Sometimes the question is raised whether the Torah scholar is, in some sense, “escaping” from the real world. The lesson of the Parshah is that if the scholars see that their true purpose is fulfilled by helping others, by communicating Torah knowledge and inspiration to them, then they are not escapists at all. Instead they are helping to combine the spiritual and the practical, to make the reality of this world into a true dwelling for the Divine.1

ONCE UPON A CHASID: The 3 a.m. Audience (Matot)

Tammuz 19, 5774 · July 17, 2014
The 3 a.m. Audience

You shall be clean before G-d, and before Israel (32:22)

Rabbi Z.M. Steinmetz (Hebrew poet Zvi Yair) told:

A family crisis had arisen in the home of one of my relatives, a not-so-distant cousin who lived in South America. Their daughter had met and fallen in love with a young man and the two wished to marry. But the young woman’s parents were vehemently opposed to the match since the young man came from a non-religious background and did not lead a Torah-observant life. Although the young man declared his willingness to begin to observe the laws and customs of Torah, the entire family, extended family, and circle of friends were united against the young woman’s choice.

The young woman grew increasingly bitter over the fact that all those dear to her had closed ranks against her. She felt that her entire world had conspired to deprive her of her happiness. The situation continued to worsen, as both daughter and parents became more and more enraged over the betrayal by the other. Finally, they struck a deal: the case would be brought to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory. Although the family did not count themselves among the Rebbe’s chassidim, both the young woman and her parents the Rebbe in high regard and felt they could trust him. Both parties agreed to do as he advised. As the ‘Lubavitcher’ in the family, I was asked to accompany the young woman to her audience with the Rebbe.

In those years, the Rebbe would receive people three nights a week, beginning in the late evening and continuing through the night. Often, the final visitor would depart at dawn.

We entered the Rebbe’s room close to 3 a.m. First, the Rebbe and the young woman conducted a brief search for a common language: they tried Yiddish, Hebrew, English, and French, and finally settled on German. As the young woman told her story, I could hear the frustration in her voice: “I don’t understand what they want of me,” she said. “My friend has promised to lead a Torah-true life. I know that he is sincere. Why is everyone so set against us?”

“He may be sincere,” said the Rebbe, “but of what value is his declaration if he does not know what he is committing himself to? You know, according to the law, signed blank check is worthless, even if the holder fills it in for a single cent – one cannot legally obligate oneself without knowing what the obligation consists of. Living one’s life in accordance with the Torah’s precepts is a most demanding challenge for anyone, but it is even more difficult for someone who has not been raised this way.”

“But he is willing to learn,” said the young woman.

“Learning alone is not enough,” replied the Rebbe. “One may study and accept Torah with the best of intentions, but applying it to day-to-day life is quite another matter. This is what I suggest: let your friend live with a Torah-observant family for several months. Let him study, but let him also experience firsthand what such a commitment entails on a day in, day out basis, from the Modeh Ani prayer upon opening one’s eyes in the morning to the reading of the Sh’mah before going to sleep. If he still declares his desire to lead a Torah-true life, I give my wholehearted blessing to your life together.”

The young woman left the Rebbe’s room with a lightened and joyful heart, and I remained to discuss several personal matters with the Rebbe. But the Rebbe immediately told me to call her back in, explaining: “I do not want her to think that we are discussing her behind her back.”

It was three o’clock in the morning, and the Rebbe had seen dozens of people in the course of the night. Yet he was sufficiently attuned to her feelings to discern her sense of alienation and abandonment and to pick up on her notion of a ‘conspiracy’ against her. So although the issue had been resolved to her satisfaction, and although she would not, in any case, understand the Yiddish in which we spoke, he refused to talk to me without her being present in the room.

PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL: Matot

Tammuz 18, 5774 · July 16, 2014
Matot
Numbers 30:2-32:42

Moses conveys the laws governing theannulment of vows to the heads of the tribes of Israel.

War is waged against Midian for their role in plotting the moral destruction of Israel, and the Torah gives a detailed account of the war spoils and how they were allocated amongst the people, the warriors, the Levites and the High Priest.

The tribes of Reuben and Gad (later joined by half of the tribe of Menasseh) ask for the lands east of the Jordan as their portion in the Promised Land, these being prime pastureland for their cattle. Moses is initially angered by the request, but subsequently agrees on the condition that they first join, and lead, in Israel’s conquest of the lands west of the Jordan.

 

ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS: Double Standard (Chapter 1)

B”H

Tammuz 18, 5774 * July 16, 2014

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Double Standard
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Judge every man to the side of merit

– Ethics of our Fathers, 1:6

On the most elementary level, this means that if you discern a negative trait in your fellow or you see him commit a negative act, do not judge him guilty in your heart. “Do not judge your fellow until you are in his place,” warns another of the Ethics’ sayings, and his place is one place where you will never be. You have no way of truly appreciating the manner in which his inborn nature, his background or the circumstances that hold sway over his life have influenced his character and behavior.

However, this only explains why you should not judge your fellow guilty. Yet our Mishnah goes further than this, enjoining us to “judge every man to the side of merit.” This implies that we should see our fellow’s deficiencies in a positive light. But what positive element is implied by a person’s shortcomings and misdeeds?

Differently Equal

An explanation may be found in another Talmudic saying: “Whoever is greater than his fellow, his inclination (for evil) is also greater.” – a rule crucial to our understanding of a fundamental principle of Torah, man’s possession of “free choice” regarding his actions.

Indeed, how can we consider a person’s choices to be free and uncoerced, when there is so much inequality in life? Can we compare the moral performance of an individual whose character was shaped by a loving family, a stable environment and a top-notch education with that of one who has experienced only rootlessness, violence and despair? Can we compare a person who has naturally and effortlessly been blessed with a superior mind and a compassionate heart to one who has no so been privileged? Are their choices equally “free”? Are they equally accountable for their actions?

The answer to the last two questions is “Yes.” Certainly, no two human beings are alike. Each has been given a life that is unique to him alone, with his own individual array of challenges and tests on the one hand, and potentials and opportunities on the other. Free choice means that the Creator, who has created each individual and the circumstances of his life, has also fortified him with whatever resources are required for him to face his every moral challenge.

To repeat, “Whoever is greater than his fellow, his inclination for evil is also greater.” One who has been advantaged with superior talents and qualities must struggle against an inclination towards corruption and evil far more powerful than that which faces the more “average” individual. Conversely, one who has been subjected to a greater measure of setbacks and trials in his life, has been granted an equally greater measure of fortitude and achievement potential.

So if your fellow has committed a crime so despicable that you are incapable of even contemplating such a deed; if he is plagued by demons so horrendous that you can hardly envision such evil – know that he is undoubtedly in possession of a potential for good that far exceeds your own. Understand that while he has succumbed to forces far more powerful than anything which you will ever face, he is an invaluable human being, one whose inner resources, if cultivated, could translate into attainments unimaginable by one less evilly inclined.

In other words, look not to what he is but to what he can be. Dwell not on the way in which he has negatively expressed his potential, but on what this potential truly consists of.

A Single Exception

So judge every man to the side of merit—every man, that is, except yourself. For the attitude detailed above, while appropriate to adopt towards other human beings, would be nothing less than disastrous if applied to oneself.

“True, I have done nothing with my life,” the potential-looking individual will argue. “But look at what I am capable of! Look at the quality of my mind, the sensitivity of my feelings, the tremendous talents I possess. It’s all there within me, regardless of the fact that I have never bothered to realize any of it. This is the real me. The extent to which I actualize it is only of secondary importance.”

In our judgement of human life and achievement, we must adapt a double standard. Our assessment of a fellow human being must always look beyond the actual to the potential reality within. On the other hand, we must measure our own worth in terms of our real and concrete achievements, and view the potential in ourselves as merely the means to this end.

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Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch told:

When I was four years old, I asked my father: “Why did G-d make people with two eyes? Why not with one eye, just as we have been given a single nose and a single mouth?”

Said father: “There are times when one must look with a right eye, with affection and empathy, and times when one must look with a left eye, severely and critically. On one’s fellow man, one should look with a right eye; on oneself, one should look with a left eye.”

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Introductory reading to Ethics of the Fathers:

All Israel has a share in the World to Come, as is stated: “And your people are all righteous; they shall inherit the land forever. They are the shoot of My planting, the work of My hands, in which I take pride.” (Sanhedrin, 11:1)

Chapter One

1. Moses received the Torah from [G-d at] Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly. They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgment. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah.

2. Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness.

3. Antignos of Socho received the tradition from Shimon the Righteous. He would say: Do not be as slaves, who serve their master for the sake of reward. Rather, be as slaves who serve their master not for the sake of reward. And the fear of Heaven should be upon you.

4. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah, and Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem, received the tradition from them. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the sages; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words.

5. Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem would say: Let your home be wide open, and let the poor be members of your household. And do not engage in excessive conversation with a woman. This is said even regarding one’s own wife—how much more so regarding the wife of another. Hence, the sages said: One who excessively converses with a woman causes evil to himself, neglects the study of Torah, and, in the end, inherits purgatory.

6. Joshua the son of Perachia and Nitai the Arbelite received from them. Joshua the son of Perachia would say: Assume for yourself a master, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every man to the side of merit.

7. Nitai the Arbelite would say: Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution.

8. Judah the son of Tabbai and Shimon the son of Shotach received from them. Judah the son of Tabbai would say: When sitting in judgement, do not act as a counselor-at-law. When the litigants stand before you, consider them both guilty; and when they leave your courtroom, having accepted the judgement, regard them as equally righteous.

9. Shimon the son of Shotach would say: Increasingly cross-examine the witnesses. Be careful with your words, lest they learn from them how to lie.

10. Shmaayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shmaayah would say: Love work, loath mastery, and avoid intimacy with the government.

11. Avtalyon would say: Scholars, be careful with your words. For you may be exiled to a place inhabited by evil elements [who will distort your words to suit their negative purposes]. The disciples who come after you will then drink of these evil waters and be destroyed, and the Name of Heaven will be desecrated.

12. Hillel and Shammai received from them. Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron—a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.

13. He would also say: One who advances his name, destroys his name. One who does not increase, diminishes. One who does not learn is deserving of death. And one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish.

14. He would also say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?

15. Shammai would say: Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance.

16. Rabban Gamliel would say: Assume for yourself a master; stay away from doubt; and do not accustom yourself to tithe by estimation.

17. His son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed. And one who speaks excessively brings on sin.

18. Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: On three things the world endures: law, truth and peace. As is stated, “Truth, and a judgement of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.”

Studied at the conclusion of each lesson of the Ethics:

Rabbi Chananiah the son of Akashiah would say: G-d desired to merit the people of Israel; therefore, He gave them Torah and mitzvot in abundance. As is stated, “G-d desired, for sake of his righteousness, that Torah be magnified and made glorious.” (Makot, 3:16)

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TORAH STUDIES: Parshat Matot

Tammuz 18, 5774 · July 16, 2014
Mattot

In the opening verses of our Sidra we encounter the laws of making and annulling a vow. And whereas a person cannot release himself from his pledges, in certain cases, others can do it for him. In particular, a father can release his daughter (if she has not reached the age of maturity) or a husband his wife, from their vows. There is a further intermediate case, which is something of a combination of these two; a girl who is as yet only betrothed, can be released from a pledge by the combined veto of her father and her husband-to-be. Indeed, their conjoint power is retroactive—it applies even to vows made before betrothal. The Rebbe develops the contrast between marriage and betrothal and applies it to the relationship between the Jew and G-d. And it asks the important question: How is it that betrothal confers even greater rights on a man than marriage itself?

1. Making and Unmaking a Vow

The Sidra of Mattot opens with an account of the laws of making a vow, and of having it annulled. There are three ways in which annulment can take place: (1) by a recognized sage (a chacham) who has the power retroactively to release a person from a pledge he has undertaken, (2) by the father of a girl who has made a vow while still under his guardianship; and (3) by a husband who can veto the wow of his wife. The powers of a father and a husband are not retroactive—i.e., they only annul the obligation to fulfill the vow from the present onwards.

In the times when the two distinct stages to a Jewish marriage, betrothal (kiddushin) and marriage proper (nissuin), took place at two different times, there were two corresponding degrees of power of the husband over his wife’s pledges. We would naturally assume that this power would be greater after marriage than during betrothal. But in one respect this is not so. For a man has the power—during betrothal but not after it—to annul the vows his wife made when she was single.1

How is it that betrothal grants the husband greater power over his wife’s commitments than marriage itself?

One explanation is based on the fact that he does not have this right in himself but only in conjunction with the father of the girl.2 Acting together, her father and her betrothed can annul her vows. So that the father, as it were, communicates his authority over the girl while she is single, to her husband to be. On the other hand, a husband has, in and by himself the right of veto and thus he borrows no powers from her father. His right therefore does not extend back to the period when she was single, and not as yet bound to him.

2. Betrothal and Marriage to G-d

This fact of halacha has a bearing on our religious life. There are two ways a Jew can bind himself to G-d: In betrothal and in marriage.

When a man is betrothed to a girl, she becomes forbidden to any other man. Thus, when a Jew is “betrothed” to G-d he has taken a decisive commitment. He has decided to let nothing else waylay and capture his devotion. He has set himself aside from all but G-d’s will. This in itself is a momentous act, but it is a negative one. He has not yet reached the spiritual equivalent of marriage, the state where he “shall cleave… and be one flesh”3 with his partner. And as the fruit of marriage is children—children who reflect their parents so—the fruit of a total oneness with G-d is good deeds which express both the will of G-d and the self-effacement of man. “What are the offspring of the righteous? Their good deeds.”4

3. The Sense of Incompleteness

Although the state of spiritual “marriage” goes far beyond “betrothal,” betrothal has its own unique virtue.

The man who has reached the level of marriage may fall prey to a certain kind of pride. He may feel that he has reached perfect righteousness, that he is now the “master of the house” with the right in himself to “annul vows.” Unlike the betrothed man—he may reason—his power does not need the co-operation of the father.

That this is a fatal error can be seen from the case of Bar Kochba,5 whose attitude proved to the Rabbis that he was not in fact entitled to the name Bar Kochba (literally, “the son of a star,” a Messianic title derived from the verse, “There come a star out of Jacob”), but was instead Bar Koziba (“the son of lies”).

The strength of betrothal lies in the fact that the betrothed knows that he has (halachic) powers only in conjunction with the father. He has no rights in himself. Spiritually, this means that he knows that all his capacities are dependent on G-d. And, acting together with Him, he can reach heights that he alone could not aspire to. He can arrive at the power of “annulment,” namely, nullifying in himself and the world, the masks of illusion that hide G-d’s presence from man. And this power is “retroactive,” that is, beyond the normal limitations of time and space. Just as a vow binds, and an annulment breaks the bond, so he, with the help of G-d, releases the world from its bondage, from falsehood, finitude and the concealment of G-d.

4. The Strength of Conjunction

The implication is this: However far a man travels on his spiritual journey, even if he “marries” himself completely to G-d, he must never forget that by his own power he can achieve nothing. He must unite himself with what is higher than himself. There is no room in the religious life for complacency. However high he has risen, there is always something higher to cling to and reach out towards. He is as yet incomplete, as yet only the betrothed. But together with G-d—the father—it is within his power to annul—the bondage of the world in a way that knows no limits.

(Source: Likkutei Sichot, Vol. II pp. 612-614)

WEEKLY ALIYOT: Parshat Matot

Matot Aliya Summary

General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Matot, begins with the laws of oaths. The Israelites wage battle against Midian and the spoils are divided and tithed. The tribes of Reuben and Gad request and receive territory outside the mainland of Israel.


First Aliyah: This section discusses the laws of verbal vows. A person who obligates him or herself with a vow is required to fulfill the vow. Under certain circumstances, a husband or father can annul vows made by his wife and daughter.


Second Aliyah: The Israelites are commanded to exact revenge from the Midianites for their part in seducing Jewish men to sin (described in the end of the Torah reading of Balak, Numbers 25). A 12,000-strong army of Israelites, led by Phinehas, waged battle against Midian. All adult Midianite males were killed, along with Balaam and Midian’s five kings. The women, children, and battle spoils are brought back to the Israelite encampment.


Third Aliyah: Moses is enraged that the Midianite females were spared. “They were the primary culprits; the ones who seduced the Israelites and brought about the plague which killed so many!” Moses exclaimed. All the males and all women who possibly could have been involved in the campaign of seduction were killed. The soldiers are then instructed how to purify themselves from the ritual impurity they contracted from contact with corpses in the course of battle. They are also told how to kosher the food utensils which were among the spoils.


Fourth Aliyah: The spoils of the war were evenly divided between the soldiers and the greater community. From the portion of the spoils given to the soldiers, a tithe of 1/500 was given to Elazar the High Priest.


Fifth Aliyah: From the other portion of the spoils, the half divided amongst the rest of the Israelites, 1/50 was given to the Levites. The army officers count the soldiers who returned from battle, and determine that not a single man was lost in the war. To show gratitude to G‑d for this miracle, the officers donate to the Tabernacle all the gold jewelry which they personally plundered from the Midianites.


Sixth Aliyah: The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned lots of cattle. Seeing that the eastern bank of the Jordan — the lands of Sichon and Og which they had just conquered — had abundant pasture, they asked Moses if they could remain and settle on the eastern bank. Moses angrily responds that they are following in the footsteps of the spies who were fearful of the Canaanites, did not want to enter the land of Israel, and discouraged the entire nation from doing so. The Reubenites and Gaddites respond that they will leave their cattle and families behind in fortified cities, and all their men will proceed into Israel with their brethren and lead them in the conquest of the land. Only after all the land has been conquered and settled would they return to the other side of the Jordan.


Seventh Aliyah: Moses accepts the offer of the Reubenites and Gaddites, and informs Joshua and Elazar the High Priest of the agreement. These two tribes, along with half of the tribe of Manasseh settle on the eastern bank of the Jordan, and conquer many of the areas wherein they encountered opposition.

 

PARENTING: Calm Down Right Now!

Calm Down Right Now!
Tammuz 17, 5774 · July 15, 2014

 

Did you ever notice how contagious hysteria is? For instance, did you ever walk into a room where your children were in the midst of roughhousing, and feel immediately and intensely agitated? And, if so, what did you do at that moment? Did you, like most parents, start screaming at your kids to calm down? It’s kind of funny how we do that—especially considering how much that technique doesn’twork.

Heart Rate Variability

In case you’re wondering why we scream at upset children, there is a scientific explanation for it. Our hearts produce an electromagnetic field in and around our bodies that extends out into the room (and probably, although we don’t have the equipment yet to measure it, into the universe). The changes in the heart rate from beat to beat produce a measure called heart rate variability (HRV), which both reflects and

Did you ever notice how contagious hysteria is?

induces an emotional state. A calm, loving, appreciative emotional state produces a harmonious HRV pattern, while an agitated, angry, frightened or otherwise negative emotional state produces a chaotic, choppy pattern. Whatever pattern is being produced is literally contagious, affecting the HRV of other people in the room through a process called entrainment. When you are sitting in a room with a very tense person—whether or not that person is saying a word—you may start to feel tense as well, as your heart entrains (synchronizes) to theirs.

Likewise, when you walk into a room with emotionally charged, upset children, your own heart gets immediately dysregulated, and you start to feel as if you are in a threatening, dangerous, awful emergency—when in fact you’re just in your playroom at home with your kids. Nothing terrible, awful or horrendous is going on; it’s just the usual squabble over a toy. The world is not about to collapse. There is no urgent need for everyone to calm down (unless one child has a knife in his hand). And, in fact, due to the rush of adrenalin in each child’s bloodstream, immediately calming down is not an option—it just isn’t physically possible. You are the only one in the room who can be calm at that moment—if you know how to utilize the entrainment process for your own purposes.

Get Them to Entrain to You

So, here’s the secret: When you hear a blood-curdling scream, followed by threats and more screams, and you know that this is the sound of your children “playing” as they normally do, take a moment to stabilize your heart rate variability pattern by purposely breathing a little slower for a minute or so. Then get up and walk—don’t run—calmly to where your children are and gently, slowly and quietly ask, “Hey, guys, what’s happening here?” Continue to breathe slowly. Stand near your kids so they can feel your calming presence and entrain to your heart rhythm. Even if they continue to escalate for a while, just stay there without saying anything, just concentrating on

Continue to breathe slowly

your breathing. (If someone is actually getting hurt, you can say in the same quiet and calm way, “Please move apart now, so you can tell me what happened.”) Normally, the kids will calm down quickly as their own breathing settles down, the adrenaline begins to diminish and their systems reset. You can use this same approach whenever conflict is occurring between members of your family, and enjoy the same positive results.

Wisdom of the Torah

Although we now understand the science behind the effectiveness of a calm bystander, our sages advised us centuries ago to use this approach. King Solomon taught, “The words of the wise are heard when calmly spoken.” And Nachmanides instructed, “Accustom yourself to speaking gently to all people at all times.” The ability to stay calm when confronted by chaos is a primary Torah value, one that allows us to maintain the bigger picture, to enlist our own higher self and to trigger the higher selves of those around us. With intention and practice, this skill will become “second nature,” eventually overtaking our original inclination to scream when the kids scream!

 

ESSAY: Broken Vows

Broken Vows
Tammuz 17, 5774 · July 15, 2014
Parshat Matot

I am not much given to vows. Swearing off chocolate, ice cream or the Internet . . . I know myself too well. If I were to make such a promise, it would not be kept for very long. Still, my inner feminist bristles at the laws of vows described in the beginning of this week’s Parshah, Matot:

If a woman makes a vow to the L‑rd, or imposes a prohibition [upon herself] while in her father’s house, in her youth . . . if her father hinders her on the day he hears it, all her vows and her prohibitions that she has imposed upon herself shall not stand . . .

But if she vowed in her husband’s house, or imposed a prohibition upon herself with an oath . . . if her husband revokes them on the day he hears them, anything issuing from her lips regarding her vows or self-imposed prohibitions shall not stand; her husband has revoked them, and the L‑rd shall forgive her.

Any vow or any binding oath of self-affliction, her husband can either uphold it or revoke it.1

Any vow I make has to be validated by my husband first? I need his permission? Am I not an adult, capable of making my own promises and carrying them out?

But before getting worked up, it pays to read the fine print. First, let’s examine the father’s role in absolving his daughter’s vow. To whom does this apply? The term the Torah uses is bineureha—“in her youth.” Rashi explains that the verse does not refer to a minor child, since her vows are not binding at all, nor to an adult single woman, because she is responsible for her own oaths. So there is only a small window when a father can repeal his daughter’s vows—when she is between the ages of 11 and 12. A single woman older than 12, a widow or a divorcee is liable for her own vows.

What about a husband nullifying his wife’s vow? Here, again, there are caveats.

What about a husband nullifying his wife’s vow?

The type of vow that a husband can override is “an oath of self-affliction”—a vow that restricts food, drink, sleep or other physical needs, or a vow that impacts their relationship. But if a wife should pledge a large sum of her money to charity, for example, she is on her own. And the husband can nullify the vow only the day he hears it. If he waits until evening without speaking up, the vow stands.

Still, even if the husband’s powers over his wife are not as sweeping as a superficial reading would suggest, there’s an asymmetry here that’s unsettling: a man can overrule his wife’s vow; a wife does not have the power to overrule her husband’s vows.

What’s interesting to me is that the power of nullification given to men is within the context of a relationship. A single adult woman makes or breaks her own vow, while a husband can override his wife’s vow, and a father his daughter’s vow—but only in her youth, while she’s under his guardianship. This leads me to believe that the Torah is not making a statement here about a woman’s ability to be independent and to think for herself. Rather, the take-home message here has something to do with the bond between father and daughter, husband and wife.

While all of Torah is meant to be understood on a literal level, each passage also has an eternal message on a more abstract, psycho-spiritual level. Chassidic teachings explain that all of us have a blend of masculine and feminine traits. There is a part within us that makes vows, and a part that can overrule vows. According to chassidic teachings, these two parts correspond to the two intellectual attributes of binah, which is feminine, and chochmah, which is masculine.

There are many chassidic texts that explore the attributes of chochmah andbinah and the relationship between them. To distill in brief, chochmah is an idea and binah is its development; chochmah is the big picture and binah is the details. Chochmah is abstract and somewhat detached from the world, whilebinah is more invested in this world.

Since binah is predominant in women, a woman may, for example, expend great effort not only in cooking a marvelous dish, but also in presenting it and serving it. A man may be perfectly happy just to eat a warm meal. A woman may fuss over bedding sets and matching curtains, while a man is satisfied to sleep on any flat surface.

This is not to say that all women are detail-obsessed and all men are oblivious Neanderthals. As mentioned, all of us have both masculine and feminine energies. Some men have a feminine side that is more strongly expressed, and vice versa.

So, what does this have to do with vows? A woman who is consumed with the myriad details of running a home may become concerned that she is too frivolous, that she is wasting her time on useless activities, and thus may decide to pull back. So she takes vows upon herself to “afflict her soul.” Why read a dozen cookbooks to put together a spectacular holiday menu? Perhaps I should read a book of Psalms instead. Am I fretting too much about my clothing and appearance? Maybe I should stop buying new clothes for a while.

And the attribute of chochmah, as represented by the husband or father, says no.

Putting energy into worldly matters is not a bad thing

You are doing just fine. Putting energy into worldly matters is not a bad thing. In fact, G‑d placed us here in this world for a reason. He didn’t have to create a physical world at all. But He did, and He wants us to invest ourselves in it, develop it and beautify it into a place that He can call home. He doesn’t want us to pull back and become ascetics. So, please, don’t stop trying to make your home into a place of beauty, your table into a feast for the eyes. We need to work together, chochmah andbinah, masculine and feminine.

This is why the absolution of vows takes place only within the context of a relationship. The bond between father and daughter, or husband and wife, guarantees that there is a balance of energies. We need the masculine traits of objectivity and broad perspective, chochmah, to ensure that our mundane activities are neither neglected nor over-elaborate. Then the womanly art of binahcan truly flourish, and whatever we do to beautify our homes or ourselves will serve a higher purpose. The male steps in not to suppress the female, but on the contrary—to elevate and dignify her, to make certain that she herself appreciates what she is bringing to the table.

And through the bond between chochmah and binah, we draw down the highest divine energy into our midst, and make our home and our world into a true dirah, a palace where G‑d can dwell.

(Based on an address of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shabbat Parshat Matot-Massei 5722 [1962], published in Likkutei Sichot, vol. 4, pp. 1076ff.)

WEEKLY STORY: The Fox and the Fishes

The Fox and the Fishes
Tammuz 16, 5774 · July 14, 2014
Talmud, Berachot 61b

 

Once, the wicked government [of Rome] decreed that the Jewish people were forbidden to study Torah. Pappus ben Judah saw Rabbi Akiva convening gatherings in public and studying Torah [with them]. Said he to him: “Akiva, are you not afraid of the government?”

Said [Rabbi Akiva] to him: “I’ll give you a parable.

“A fox was walking along a river and saw fish rushing to and fro. Said he to them: ‘What are you fleeing?’

“Said they to him: ‘The nets that the humans spread for us.’

“Said he to them: ‘Why don’t you come out onto the dry land? We’ll live together, as my ancestors lived with your ancestors.’

“Said they to him: ‘Are you the one of whom it is said that you are the wisest of animals? You’re not wise, but foolish! If, in our environment of life we have cause for fear, how much more so in the environment of our death!’

“The same applies to us. If now, when we sit and study the Torah, of which it is said (Deuteronomy 30:20), ‘For it is your life and the lengthening of your days,’ such is our situation, how much more so if we neglect it . .

COMMENT: Petty Theft

Petty Theft
Tammuz 15, 5774 · July 13, 2014

 

You would never steal a towel or bathrobe from a friend’s house, so why are you so tempted every time you check out of a hotel?

You’d never borrow money and then falsely claim to have returned it, so why do so many people economize with the truth when filling out their tax returns?

When shopping at the local corner store, you scrupulously pay for everything in your basket and return the extra change you were given by mistake, but when negotiating on the phone with the call center of a multinational corporation, you sometimes stretch the truth and present a totally skewed perspective on the issues.

It’s not honesty that keeps you from theft; it’s empathy. When dealing with an individual you can see the direct impact of your actions, while lying to the government or ripping off a conglomerate feels like a victimless crime. The supermarket chain will never miss that grape you just popped in your mouth, and how can you trust the government to spend your tax dollars wisely? They’ll never miss what they don’t know.

But you know the truth. To steal one cent is as immoral as stealing a million dollars. It is as wrong to take something from the government as it is to take it from a neighbor. Morality is not relative; it just feels that way sometimes.

And this might explain a seeming redundancy in this week’s Parshah. The Jews were commanded to go to war against the nation of Midian. One thousand men of each tribe were drafted, and enjoyed a miraculous victory in battle. They captured tremendous treasures of booty from their victorious campaign. The Torah then goes into extreme detail to describe how these spoils were distributed amongst the warriors, the kohanim, the Levites and the rest of Israel. Not only does it enumerate the value of the gold and the exact number of sheep, cows, donkeys and slaves captured, it even calculates as a percentage and then again as an final amount how many of each item were kept by the warriors and then how much was given away (Numbers 31:26–54).

It hardly seems necessary to go into such detail. Why not just tell us that the soldiers came back with a whole heap of loot, and kicked back a percentage to those they left behind? Those Midianite sheep and cows have been dead for over 3,000 years by now; why should I care exactly how many there were in the first place?

But that’s the point the Torah is making. Every single animal was counted; every gold coin and necklace was accounted for. Not one Israelite indulged in a spot of private pillage or plunder, and nobody went looking to feather his own nest.

It would have been so tempting to skim some off the top. Doesn’t G‑d help those who help themselves? It would hardly seems like theft; it’s random Midianite treasure, belonging to no one in particular, and all the original owners are dead already anyway.

And that’s why the Torah enumerates everything that came in and everything that went out: to reaffirm for all ages that when we live life according to G‑d’s rules, every cent counts. There is no such thing as a small theft, because ultimately everything belongs to G‑d.

 

 

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WINDOWS TO THE SOUL – 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut

30.06.2014
World Leaders including Yitzhak Rabin and Margaret Thatcher discuss the impact of The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s leadership in this compelling documentary that paints a global picture of the Chabad Movement’s achievements and roots. A clarifying portrait of The Rebbe – Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson – produced at the height of his charismatic powers in 1992. Directed by filmmaker Jerry Levine, under the auspices of the World Lubavitch Movement and Jewish Educational Media. This version is 14 minutes longer than the broadcast version and contains previously unpublished photographs and information in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz, the Rebbe’s Yahrtzeit.

 

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