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Shabbat Parashat Nitzavim 5775
Nitzavim | 28 Elul 5775 | 12/09/2015
Parashat Hashavua: Rosh Hashana - How Are We Different?There are several holidays that we mark, commemorate, and observe during the course of the year, and we are now entering a month of concentrated Yamim Tovim, starting with Rosh Hashana. In most cases, the Torah states the significance of the day(s), and Chazal and later rabbis expand. Pesach celebrates liberation; Sukkot celebrates harvest and our survival in the desert. Yom Kippur is the day on which our nation receives atonement (see Vayikra 16:17). Shavuot, on the level of what the Torah writes (which is somewhat limited) is the time of reaping in Eretz Yisrael, and there are observances that have to do with the corresponding service in the Beit Mikdash (see Shemot 23:16 and Vayikra 22:17-22). Chazal teach us (as is somewhat clear from the p’sukim) that this is the period of the giving of the Torah.
Ask the Rabbi: Hatarat Nedarim by SkypeAround the time of Rosh Hashana, I will not be in the proximity of people who can do Hatarat Nedarim for me. Can I do it via Skype?
Ein Ayah: Tranquil Spirituality Allows for PhysicalityThat which [Yirmiya lamented], “I am separated from goodness” (Eicha 3:17), Rav Abba says is referring to [the lack of] a made bed and an adorned wife for talmidei chachamim (Torah scholars).
Pninat Mishpat: Straying from a Father’s Instructions on Supporting Torah StudyYaakov instructed that 400 gold coins from the estate he leaves should be given to his son (Reuven), who should use the earnings from the fund to give 20 gold coins a year to be divided among two Torah learners who will learn regularly in his house. Reuven hired three such people, with the intention of splitting up the same 20 coins three ways. Is that a violation of Yaakov’s instructions?
to the memory of:
for our homeland.
Mrs. Doris Moinester
who passed away on
Gital Gila Bat Eliyahu Michael a”h
on the occasion of her yahrzeit,
Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
who passed away on
10 Tamuz, 5774
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
R ' Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).