Vayelech

5782 Like Grain and a Grapevine In the Haftorah for Shabbos Shuva, the Pasuk says ישבו ישבי בצלו יחיו דגן ויפרחו כגפן-Tranquil will be those who sit in its shade, they will refresh themselves like grain and blossom like the grapevine. The Pasuk refers to someone doing Teshuva as refreshing themselves like grain and blossoming like the grapevine. What is the significance of these two fruits that they are used to describe someone who does Teshuva?...

September 27, 2022 · Dovid

Nitzavim

5781 Celebration for a Birth The Kiddush this week was sponsored by Uriel (A.K.A Grant) Rosenbaum in honor of the birth of his daughter, Michal Nechama. The Minhag to celebrate the birth of child. However one could ask that it’s an odd thing that we celebrate the birth of a child being that בית שמאי and בית הלל had a debate for two and a half years if נח לו לאדם שלא נברא or נח לו לאדם שנברא and they came out that it would be better for man to not have been created....

September 19, 2022 · Dovid

Ki Savo

5781 The Kiddush this Shabbos was sponsored by Reb Aryeh Leib Reich for the upcoming Yahrzeit of his father. Death Gives Meaning The Jewish people tend to give more time to commemorating Yahrzeits than to celebrating births. The reason could be because death is really what qualifies living as the Gemara Brachos 5a says יצר הרע מתגבר עליו יזכיר לו יום המיתה. Remembering that life has an end encourages us us to focus on what’s important....

September 13, 2022 · Dovid

Ki Seitzei

5779 Aufruf This week’s Kiddush was sponsored by the Feldinger family in honor of their sons Aufruf. The words כי יקח איש אשה appear three times in this week’s Parshah in the following Psukim. כי יקח איש אשה ובא אליה ושנאה (כב,יג) כי יקח איש אשה ובעלה והיה אם לא תמצא חן בעיניו כי מצא בה ערות דבר וכתב לה ספר כריתת ונתן בידה ושלחה מביתו (כד,א) כי יקח איש אשה חדשה לא יצא בצבא ולא יעבר עליו לכל דבר נקי יהיה לביתו שנה אחת ושמח את אשתו אשר לקח (כד,ה)...

September 7, 2022 · Dovid

Shoftim

5782 שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן־לְךָ֙ שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן־לְךָ֙ בְּכׇל־שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יְהֹוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֶ֛יךָ נֹתֵ֥ן לְךָ֖ לִשְׁבָטֶ֑יךָ וְשָׁפְט֥וּ אֶת־הָעָ֖ם מִשְׁפַּט־צֶֽדֶק׃ The pasuk could have just read שֹׁפְטִ֣ים וְשֹֽׁטְרִ֗ים תִּֽתֶּן בְּכׇל־שְׁעָרֶ֔יךָ. What exactly is the Torah emphasizing with the word לך? Maybe we can suggest the following idea: undoubtedly each individual would acknowledge the importance of such שופטים ושוטרים for the entirety of the klal and even for the person standing next to him; but for he himself, as an individual, he might feel that it is not so crucial....

August 31, 2022 · Dovid