Mas`ei - Torah Tidbits



Mas`ei - Torah Tidbits
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MAS'EI-LITE, but...
This MAS'EI-lite issue has fewer calories (read that as pages), due to TT staff
vacation schedule. (There will be another lite issue in a few weeks for the
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schedule, and some other features.
As lite as this issue is - and this is the BUT... of the title - we are still going to
use this LEAD TIDBIT (LT) to reinforce a point that we repeatedly make namely, the importance of living in Eretz Yisrael. As such, this LT should serve
as CHIZUK for people already living here and hopefully, IDUD, encouragement for those who don't yet live here. It will also serve as ammunition
(pardon the choice of words) for those who live here and have family and
friends who don't, but with whom they would like to bring up the topic of
The reason we are doing this for Parshat Mas'ei (not that we need a reason
and not that we cannot find a connection to many other sedras) is that the
MITZVA of YISHUV ERETZ YISRAEL, the mitzva to live in Israel, is found in
Parshat Mas'ei. Don't look in the Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvot and don't look in
the Sefer HaChinuch (which follows the Rambam's mitzva-count with only one
exception). Look at the Ramban's list of mitzvot that he finds missing from the
Rambam's list. The mitzva at issue is known as MITZVA NUMBER FOUR
(because that's its position on the Ramban's list of additions - don't worry
about the number 613; the Ramban combines many mitzvot that cont. page 4
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the Rambam counts separately). Mitzva
#4 is based on Bamidbar 33:53 - "You
shall possess the Land and you shall
settle in it, for to you have I given the
Land to possess it."
The different understandings of the
opening "command" of V'HORASHTEM, aside, according to Ramban, this
is the command from G-d to the Jew
to settle in the Land of Israel. See
further in the Sedra Summary, the
other aspects of this mitzva that the
Ramban spells out. Ramban makes a
very strong case for the various parts
of this mitzva being obligatory on the
Jewish People... even today.
Although a full presentation of this
issue is beyond the limited space
allotted the Lead Tidbit, let's touch on
a few points.
First, this is NOT an objective presentation of the topic of Yishuv Eretz
Yisrael. It is colored by a firm and
passionate conviction that G-d commands us to live in Eretz Yisrael, that
He WANTS us to live our Torah lives
in the Land of Israel.
Let's spend some time on the absence
of this mitzva on the Rambam's list of
mitzvot (and that of the Chinuch).
The Rambam states very clearly and
strongly in his halachic work, Yad
Chazaka, the imperative nature of living
in Eretz Yisrael. He echoes the
Gemara in stating that "a person
should rather live in the Land of Israel
in a city the majority of whose inhabi-
tants are idol worshipers, rather than
live outside Eretz Yisrael, even in a city
with a majority of Jews." He is clear in
echoing the statement that "one who
lives outside of Israel is like one who
has no G-d."
So why isn't living in Eretz Yisrael on
the Rambam's list of Taryag (613)?
Some suggest that the Rambam considers Yishuv Eretz Yisrael as a Supramitzva, one that is above, transcends,
encompasses, and facilitates other
mitzvot. Living in Israel is more than a
specific mitzva to live here. Living in
Israel (even in our time without the
Beit HaMikdash, without a Sanhedrin,
without Yovel in effect) brings in its
wake a variety of other mitzvot. Living
in Israel - according to the Ramban and
others - gives the opportunity of
fulfilling other mitzvot (even those not
dependent upon the Land) on a higher
Mitzvot of this type do not get
numbered by the Rambam among the
613. But they are nonetheless (and
probably more so) mitzvot.
Does the mitzva to live in Eretz Yisrael
apply in our time or not? Is the mitzva
obligatory or "merely" a matter of
fulfilling it (CHIYUVIT or KIYUMIT)?
All interesting questions and subject to
much discussion. Aside from all of
these issues is the clear picture that
emerges from the Torah - R'TZON
HASHEM - What does G-d want of
each Jew? Where does He want us to
be? Is this really a question at all?
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43rd of the 54 sedras;
10th of 10 in Bamidbar
Written on 189 lines in a Torah (rank: 30th)
8 Parshiyot; 6 open, 2 closed
132 psukim - ranks 12th (5th in B'midbar)
1461 words - ranks 32th (7th in B'midbar)
5773 letters - ranks 28th (6th in B'midbar)
P'sukim of Mas'ei are the shortest in the whole
Torah. Hence the severe drop in rank from
p'sukim to words.
6 of the 613 mitzvot, 2 positives, 4 prohibitions
Sedra Summary
Numbers in [square brackets] are the
Mitzva-count of Sefer HaChinuch AND
s Sefer HaMitzvot. A=ASEI
(positive mitzva); L=LAV (prohibition). X:Y
is the perek and pasuk from which the
mitzva comes.
[P> X:Y (Z)] and [S> X:Y (Z)] indicate start
of a parsha p’
tucha or s’
tuma respectively.
X:Y is Perek:Pasuk of the beginning of the
parsha; (Z) is the number of p'sukim in the
May the Torah learned from
this issue of Torah Tidbits be
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d"pyz fenz f"k r"alp
Kohen - First Aliya
10 p'sukim - 33:1-10
opposed to Ra-am-seis, one of the two
supply-cities the Jews were forced to
build (see Sh'mot 1:11).
We indicate here the standard
arrangement of Aliyot for Mas'ei when it
is read separately from Matot. However,
some shuls/communities have the custom
not to stop during the "travelog", but
rather to combine the first two Aliyot
(making the first Aliya 49 p'sukim long,
moving it into first place as the longest
(in p'sukim) first Aliya). Sources explain
this practice based on a parallel between
the 42 places of encampment and the
42-letter name of HaShem (which must
not be split up). In this case, an additional
Aliya-stop is inserted elsewhere. This
issue comes up only when Matot and
Mas'ei are read separately. When
combined (which is most often, as we've
said several times), the whole travelog is
contained in R'VI'I, the bridge aliya of the
two sedras.
Travelog These are the places of
encampment and some comments...
[P> 33:1 (39)] The sedra of
Mas'ei begins with a listing of the
42 places of encampment during
the years of wandering in the
Wilderness. Most places are just
listed; a few are anecdoted. The
present day identity of many of
these places is in dispute or
unknown. This portion covers the
Exodus from Egypt (the city of
Ra-m'ses), the passage through
the Sea, and the 3-day journey
that brought the People to Mara,
with its "water problem" (and
solution). From there, it was back
to Yam Suf, before continuing
into the Wilderness.
Note that the city from which the
Exodus was launched was Ra-m'seis, as
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From Ra-m'seis (0) [Gimatriya of
RA-M'SEIS = 430, the number of years
from the original prophecy to
Avraham Avinu in the BRIT BEIN
HA'B'TARIM until the EXODUS (as in
Sh'mot 12:40-41)] to Sukkot (1) [The
first stop out of Ra-m'seis is SUKKOT,
G'matriya = 480, the number of years
from the Exodus until the building of
the First Beit HaMikdash (a.k.a.
SUKKAT DAVID) - the arrival of the
HANACHALA (D'varim 12:9). So just
the first leg of the wandering
represents (numerically) the major
first (and second) leg of the journey of
Jewish History. Note too that until
the Beit HaMikdash was built, the
Mikdash was the Mishkan - in different
forms and several places. The
Tabernacle, just as Sukkot is called.
SUKKOT, says the Baal HaTurim, got
its name from the Heavenly Clouds
that began "functioning" there] to
Eitam (2) to Pi HaChirot (3) to
Mara (4) to Eilim (5) to Yam Suf
Levi - Second Aliya
39 p'sukim - 33:11-49
From Yam Suf to Midbar Sin (7)
[MIDBAR SIN got an extra YUD and
became SINAI to mark the fact that
the ASERET HADIBROT were given
there. - Baal HaTurim] to Dofka (8)
to Alush (9) [The Midrash says that it
was at ALUSH that the People first
received the Manna and where we
spent our very first Shabbat. The
Manna was given to the People of
Israel in the merit of our mother
Sarah, who was asked by Avraham to
knead and bake cakes for the
angels/guests. Her enthusiastic providing of food for others was repaid by
G-d, Who provided food for Sarah's
children more than 400 years later.
The name ALUSH is a play on the
word "I will knead"] to R'fidim (10)
to Midbar Sinai (11) to Kivrot
HaTaava (12) to Chatzeirot (13) to
Ritma (14) [RITMA was the place
from which the spies were sent, and
therefore the place where the decree
to wander the wilderness was pronounced. One can imagine a qualitative difference in the mental attitude
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during the first 14 encampments as
compared to those following Ritma]
to Rimon Peretz (15) to Livna (16)
to Risa (17) to K'heilata (18) to
Har Shefer (19) to Charada (20) to
Mak'heilot (21) to Tachat (22) to
Terach (23) to Mitka (24) to
Chashmona (25) [CHASHMONA
was the 25th resting place of the
People. Centuries later, there was a
resting (from battle) on the 25th (of
Kislev). The people through whom
G-d wrought the miracles of Chanuka
were the Chashmona'im. This is
considered one of the "hints" to
Chanuka from the Torah] to
Moseirot (26) to Bnei Yaakan (27)
to Chor HaGidgad (28) to Yotvata
(29) to Avrona (30) to Etzion
Gever (31) to Midbar Tzin (which
is Kadesh) (32) to Hor HaHar
(33)... This is where Aharon died
at the age of 123. He died on
Rosh Chodesh Av [This the only
Yahrzeit mentioned in the Torah.
Furthermore, it is interesting that the
date is NOT mentioned in Chukat where
we read of Aharon's death. It appears
only here in the recounting of the
episode - which "happens" to be read on
or near Rosh Chodesh Av].
[P> 33:40 (10)] The Torah then
tells us again that our presence
was noted by the K’naani king of
Arad in the Negev of Eretz
Yisrael. We know from earlier in
the Chumash, that the K'naani
attacked the people after Aharon's
death, but that is not mentioned
here. Rather, the list of places
then continues...
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to Ovot (36) to I'yei HaAvarim
(37) to Divon Gad (38) to Almon
Divlataima (39) to Harei HaAvarim
(40) to Arvot Moav (41).
Apparently, the counting of the encampments includes their first point of
departure, which we marked as 0. So the
number 42 holds. The reason we chose
not to number from 1-42 is because of
Chashmona, which by our count comes
out #25 and that fits with Chanuka on 25
Kislev and the Chashmona'im.
•Rashi points out that with 14 places
before the decree to wander, and with 8
places in the final year, there were only
20 places that the People moved to and
from in 38 years or so. That is not really
all that much. G-d was merciful with the
People even as He was punishing them.
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Shlishi - Third Aliya
22 p'sukim - 33:50-34:15
tribes, since Reuven, Gad and half
of Menashe have claimed their
allotments on the East Bank.
[S> 33:50 (7)] G-d speaks to
Read the description of the boundaries
of the land that is being given by G-d to
the Jewish People. To the Jewish People.
To the Jewish People. To us. Unlike the
identity of many of the encampments
from Egypt until arriving at the Jordan
River, we know where these boundaries
are. Eretz Yisrael for the Jewish People
goes at least (see below) from the
Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.
The Torah does not seem to indicate
that parts of the Promise Land should
become a foreign state or be given to
enemies of the State of Israel or enemies
of the Jewish People.
Moshe in Arvot Moav and
commands the People to enter,
conquer, acquire, and settle the
Land, according to the “Divine
Lottery”. This is one of the 613
mitzvot according to Ramban The mitzva of YISHUV ERETZ
YISRAEL, the mitzva to live in
Israel. Ramban says that this
mitzva applies in all times,
including our own.
Part of the mitzva, explains the Ramban,
is that the people of Israel may not shun
s gift and promise and go conquer
and settle elsewhere. Jews who live
anywhere in the world outside of Israel
should always remember their “
in a strange land” status. Adopting
someplace else as your own and
removing Israel from your personal
agenda, seems to contravene the spirit
(and maybe the letter) of this mitzva.
We Jews have been often exiled in the
past, throughout a large part of Jewish
History. If we were asked, What are you
doing in Bavel, you belong in Eretz
Yisrael? - we would be able to answer,
We were exiled from our Land; G-d has
expelled us from our Land; G-d has sent
us here. But what happens today - 5771 when a Jew who lives in exile, who lives
outside Eretz Yisrael is asked: What are
you doing here, you belong in Eretz
[S> 34:1 (15)] The boundaries of
the Land are detailed. These
boundaries are now for the 9½
In G-d's original promise to Avraham
Avinu, the land to be given to his
descendants was to be "from the
Egyptian River until the great river, P'rat".
The boundaries described in this week's
sedra contain a territory significantly
smaller than that which was promised.
Our Sages tell us that the original
promise includes territory to be added
to Eretz Yisrael in the future, in the
times of the Moshiach.
R'vi'i - Fourth Aliya
14 p'sukim - 34:16-29
[S> 34:16 (14)] Next the Torah
lists the new leaders of the tribes
who will be in charge of the
"Divine lottery" by which the
Land will be apportioned.
Elazar HaKohen and Yehoshua
bin Nun are the overall leaders of
the Nation.
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Kalev b. Yefuneh
Shmuel b. Amihud
Elidad b. Kislon
Buki b. Yogli
Chaniel b. Eifod
K'mu'el b. Shiftan
Elitzafan b. Parnach
Paltiel b. Azan
Achihud b. Shlomi
P'dah-el b. Amihud
A note on pronunciation (again)... P'DATZUR (in Parshat Bamidbar) has a HEI
with no vowel under it - the HEI is silent.
With P'DAH-EL here in Mas'ei, there is a
SH'VA (NACH) under the HEI and it is
to be sounded.
Note: The absence from the list of
leaders of Reuven and Gad. They will not
participate in the apportionment of the
land across the Jordan.
Note: The word NASI is used for seven
of the 10 tribal leaders. Ohr HaChayim
says in the name of Rabeinu Nissim Gaon
that Kalev was so well known as a leader
of the people that it was not necessary
to identify him as a Nasi. Shimon's leader
was not worthy of the title. And Elidad
from Binyamin was Eldad, a prophet.
Prophet is a higher title than Nasi. Ohr
HaChayim adds that for Yehuda and
Binyamin, another reason for not using
Nasi is that each will have kings from
them - Sha'ul from Binyamin and David,
etc. from Yehuda. King is higher than
Nasi. Haamek Davar, on the other hand,
says that Kalev was not a Nasi but was
selected for land distribution only.
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8 p'sukim - 35:1-8
[S> 35:1 (8)] Following the
general plans for dividing the
Land, the People are instructed to
provide cities for the Leviyim
[408,A183 35:2], since they, the
Leviyim, do not receive Land as
inheritance. The cities and their
surrounding areas, number 48,
including the 6 cities of refuge.
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Note that the 2000 amot "city limit" was
borrowed by the Sages in fixing the
distance outside one's dwelling place for
Rashi points out that there were three
cities of refuge on each side of the Jordan
River, even though in the western case,
they would serve 9½ tribes and in the
eastern case, they would serve 2½
tribes. An inference is drawn that there
would be more careless homicides on
the eastern side of the river.
A225 35:25] The Torah presents
guidelines for defining murder and
inadvertent killing and sets down
some of the court procedures,
such as the prohibition of a
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d`l dpg oa dnly dyn
lfiix za dwax dpg
lgx za dgny
`cl`b deg za lcpin dxi`n dig
xzq` za deg lhia`
lkin za dngp dilce`
xzq` oa cec
lgx oa mingx
The inadvertent killer is sent - or
he flees - to a city of refuge [410,
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These cities, to be given by the
tribes to the Leviyim, were given
proportional to the populations of
the tribes.
Reference in this portion is made
to 1000 amot and to 2000 amot
outside the city itself. Rashi
explains that the outer 1000 amot
area is for fields and vineyards;
the inner 1000 is to serve the city
for whatever open areas are used.
Shishi - Sixth Aliya
26 p'sukim - 35:9-34
[P> 35:9 (26)] The cities of
refuge (and the other 42 Levite
cities,with some differences) serve
to protect the inadvertent killer.
Even a murderer flees to a
protecting city pending trial.
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witness also acting as judge in a
criminal case [411,L291 35:30].
We are also warned not to permit
substitute punishments for a
murderer [412, L296 35:31] and
the inadvertent killer [413,L295
35:32]. Strict adherence to all
rules of justice assure us
continued "quality living" in Eretz
Yisrael, accompanied by the
Divine Presence.
Mitzvot 412 and 413 basically command
us to follow other mitzvot in the Torah
that require a convicted murder to be
SHOGEG-killer to be exiled to a City of
Refuge. Why would the Torah specifically
command compliance with another
command. It is quite possible for us to
rationalize an alternative punishment or
treatment of the convicted murderer intentional
sometimes, the alternative suggestion will
be more appealing, more logical, more
beneficial than the Torah-required
procedure. Very tempting. So the Torah
comes to reinforce its insistence that its
procedures be carried out.
Sh'VII - Seventh Aliya
13 p'sukim - 36:1-13
[P> 36:1 (13)] Leaders of the
family of Menashe to whom the
daughters of Tz'lofchad belong,
approach Moshe and raise the
problem of potential erosion of
their tribal allotment if Tz'lofchad's
daughters marry outside their
tribe, taking their land with them.
Moshe issues a ruling restricting
them from marrying outside their
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Haftarot read during the Three
Weeks. It is the continuation of
last week's haftara. G-d, speaking
through the prophet, chastises the
People of Israel for the terrible
double sin of forsaking Him AND
turning to gods who are nothingness. Repeatedly, we are asked
how it was possible that we
turned away from G-d so. Terrible
punishment for this betrayal of
G-d is prophesied. The haftara
ends on the hopeful note that if
we return to G-d, then He will
return to us and restore His
special relationship with us.
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Divrei Menachem
A popular proverb tells us that when a
person moves from one place to
another, so does his luck change. Is
that because a person, dissatisfied with
his domicile, is leaving that distressing
place? Or does that mean that reaching
his new home, the happy individual is
now fulfilling his dreams, the
realization of a cherished ideal?
These questions are implied in the
beginning of our parsha that describes
Israel's journeys from Egypt to Eretz
Yisrael: "Moshe wrote their goings
forth according to their journeys at the
bidding of Hashem; and these were
their journeys according to their
goings forth" (Bamidbar 33:2). Note the
same idea repeated at the end of the
verse but in the reverse order.
The first phrase indicates how Hashem
viewed the people's travels: He wanted
Bnei Yisrael to go forth and progress to
the next stage of the long journey. The
latter phrase, however, implies that the
people, impatient of tarrying in one
place, were just content to leave and to
travel on (R. Hirsch).
No wonder, then, that the Ramban
notes the importance of Moshe
recording each of the 42 stops that Bnei
Yisrael made in the desert. For each
place had significance; at each stop the
people were to recognize Hashem's
miracles. Collectively, the 42 sojourns
built the nation. And so it could be
today, in our personal and collective
experience, as each of us moves along
from one place to another.
Ve b b e R e b b e
Question: May I make a chanukat
habayit (“inauguration” of a home)
celebration in Israel during the Three
Weeks, before Rosh Chodesh and the
beginning of the Nine Days?
Answer: Of the different levels
of national mourning leading up to
Tish'a b'Av, the lowest level is that of
bein hametzarim (the Three Weeks,
but before Rosh Chodesh). During this
time, for example, the minhag for
S'faradim is to even allow weddings,
whereas Ashkenazim do not.
These matters are tricky to analyze
halachically. On one hand, the more
important a matter is, the more we
want to allow things that are usually
forbidden. That is why it is accepted to
eat meat at a siyum during the Nine
Days, when Ashkenazim usually do
not eat meat. On the other hand, the
stronger an event’s happiness, the
more likely it is that the celebration
itself is significant enough to be
forbidden even if celebrated without
flourishes. Therefore, it is forbidden to
get married even without a celebratory
meal (Mishna B'rura 551:15).
A chanukat habayit is essentially a
form of Jewish expression of the joy
of moving into a home that is new for
its inhabitants. During the Nine Days,
it is forbidden to do non-essential/
beautification work on a home (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 551:2).
Along the same lines, we avoid
entering a new home during this time
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unless needed to avoid loss (see
Bemareh Habazak III, 60). Since one
may enter a home before the Nine
Days, the problem is only from the
perspective of the added activities of
the celebration.
A lot has to do with the nature of the
celebration. Many S'faradim have the
minhag to have a ceremony, with
specific Torah texts to recite, on the
day they enter the house, and some
will not sleep in the house before
doing so. Here, the words of Torah are
the purpose, and accompanying festivities are ancillary, and such an event is
certainly permitted. This is further
bolstered by the fact that many
consider a chanukat habayit in Israel a
mitzva, which then allows for the
leniencies connected to a seudat
mitzva. The Torah (D'varim 20:5)
views inaugurating a home as significant enough to allow someone to leave
the battlefront, but only in Eretz
Yisrael (Yerushalmi, Sota). While one
can distinguish between actually living
there and the celebration, the B'er
Sheva (70) says that the celebration is
a seudat mitzva in Eretz Yisrael, and
not abroad. While it is not simple to
allow this celebration during the Nine
Days (see Levushei Mordechai, OC
101), it is permitted before Rosh
If the celebration is not on the day one
enters the home, there are two reasons
to be more stringent. One is that the
level of mitzva may be lower when it
is not on the same day. The other is
that if one is already delaying the
celebration, it makes more sense to
delay further until after Tish'a b'Av.
That being said, since there is no
classical source to forbid a chanukat
habayit before the Nine Days, if one
has good reasons to do it specifically
at that time, we would not forbid it but
would urge him to remember to put a
stress on divrei Torah and thanks to
However, certain things that might go
on at the celebration are problematic.
We do not say Shehecheyanu during
the Three Weeks because “this time”
is a sad one (Shulchan Aruch, Orach
Chayim 551:17). Some people normally make Shehecheyanu as they
enter the home as well, which is
problematic during the Three Weeks.
However, we anyway believe that this
is not the correct b'racha to make (see
Bemareh Habazak, ibid.). It is
accepted not to play music or dance
during the Three Weeks (Mishna
B'rura 551:16). Since it is not an
integral part of a chanukat habayit, it is
proper to forgo music, certainly live
music, which is more stringent than
recorded, or dancing at the celebration
(see Shemen Afarsimon, siman 10).
Rav Daniel Mann, Eretz Hemdah Institute
Rabbi Yona Reiss, Dean of RIETS
will give a shiur in commemoration
of the 4th yahrzeit of his father
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on Sunday, July 31 at 12:00 noon
Gruss Campus, Yeshiva University
Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vagan, J'lem
"The Spiritual Demands of Being a Kohein"
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Divrei Torah from the weekly sedra
with a focus on living in Eretz Yisrael Chizuk for Olim & Idud for not-yet-Olim
If one had to select a Parsha for
promoting Aliyah, this week’
s parsha
would be the perfect one, for it is in
Maasei where we find the Mitzva of
Yishuv HaAretz. “
horashartem et
haaretz vishavtem bah ki lachem natati
et haaretz lareshet otah” (Bamidbar
33:53) –“
And you shall take possession
of the land and settle in it, for I have
assigned the land to you to possess.”
While this sentence is sufficient to
require Jews to live in Eretz Yisrael, it
does require some discussion.
Rashi in commenting on this pasuk,
states, “
horashartem otah miyoshvehah v’
az vishavtem bah”
, “
first you
shall take possession of it and then you
shall dwell in it.” Obviously Rashi is
telling us that the Mitzva of living in
Eretz Yisrael becomes operative after
Bnei Yisrael take possession of the land.
ZTL, that disagrees with the Megilat
Esther and states that the Rambam
considers the commandment to dwell
in Eretz Yisrael applicable in our time.
The reason that the Rambam does not
list it is that he subsumes it under the
Mitzva of taking possession of the land.
It is possible that since Rashi states that
dwelling in the land is applicable only
after taking possession of it, that he
agrees with the Rambam - that living in
the land is a Mitzva of the Torah only
after Bnei Yisrael takes possession of
the land.
Nevertheless, the Rambam does state
in the “
Yad Hachazaka”
: Code of Jewish
Law”that living in Eretz Yisrael is very
important and that every Jew should
strive to fulfill this Mitzva.
Rabbi Binyamin Walfish, Jerusalem
The Rambam does not list dwelling in
the land as a Mitzva in his “
. Megilat Esther states the
reason why the Rambam does not list
this as a Mitzva is because it applied
only in the days of Moshe, Yeshoshua
and David and while the Jews are in
exile from their land this Mitzva is not
observed until Mashiach will come. The
Ramban disagrees with the Rambam
and states that even in our time the
Mitzva of living in Eretz Yisrael remains
a commandment from the Torah.
There is an Avnei Ezer - which
incidentally is quoted by Rav Yisraeli
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Rabbi Weinreb’
s Weekly Column:
For many of us, traveling on a long
journey is a vacation; especially
here in the United States, where we
have come to glorify long family road
trips. We consider them recreational,
fun, and a time for parents and
children to be together.
Even before the advent of the
automobile and the superhighway, a
journey was thought to be a
pleasant and even edifying experience. Thus, the early 19th century
British essayist, William Hazlitt,
included an essay entitled On
Going a Journey in his delightful
collection, Table Talk. Among the
statements in this essay, Hazlitt
avers, "One of the pleasantest
things in the world is going a
journey; but I like to go by myself."
Somehow, from the perspective of
the Jewish history, journeys are not
at all pleasant. "Wandering Jew" is
an epithet that has been applied to
us, sometimes out of sympathy and
sometimes out of scorn, but never
as a compliment. Never in our tradition is wandering viewed as pleasant. For us wandering is galut, exile.
Interestingly, the very act of travel is
seen in our tradition as negative.
Abram, when he set out to travel the
long distance from his birth-place to
the Holy Land, was given a special
blessing to counteract the effects of
the journey. "And I will make of thee
a great nation, and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great..."
(B'reishit 12:2) On this verse, Rashi
comments that this tripartite blessing
was necessary because "the road
interferes with reproduction, diminishes financial success, and makes
it difficult to achieve a name, a
The very title of this week's Torah
portion, Mas'ei, means journeys.
The portion begins with a long and
detailed description of the many way
stations which punctuated the long
and arduous journey that our
ancestors traveled in the wilderness on their way to the Promised
Land. There is something about the
mere recitation of these verses that
suggests a slow and arduous
process. The travel through the wilderness was no pleasant interlude.
I have always found it somehow
ironic that the custom is to chant the
monotonous list of journeys and
sojourns with a triumphant melody.
Listen, and you will hear as the
Torah reader, almost joyfully, sings
aloud, "And they journeyed from the
wilderness of Sin, and pitched in
Dofka... and they journeyed from
Dofka, and pitched in Alush"
(Bamidbar 33:12-13).
Why do the stages of a tortuous
40-year-long trip through the desert
deserve musical accompaniment?
After all, this ordeal was a
punishment for the Jewish people,
as we read several weeks ago in the
Torah portion of Sh'lach. It was as a
result of the sin of the spies that all
of this traveling became necessary.
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Absent that sin and the journey
would have been one of days, and
not one of long and hot and aimless
wandering during which an entire
generation slowly died out.
I think that the reason for the
singsong chanting of the masa'ot, of
the stations along the journey, has
to do with the rest of this week's
Torah portion. For immediately after
the long list of brief stops on the
painful journey, at the conclusion of
all that travail, God says to Moshe,
"Speak to the children of Israel, and
say to them: when you pass over the
Jordan into the land of Canaan...
you shall drive out the inhabitants of
the land, and dwell therein; for to
you have I given the land to possess
it... and you shall inherit the land by
lots according to your families..."
(Bamidbar 33:51-54)
Aimless wandering, with no end in
sight, is torture. But a journey with a
clear destination, on the other hand,
is a wondrous experience, despite
its many obstacles. Without the
promise of the inheritance, without
the assurance of an eventual place
for our families to take root, the
many way stations would be
chanted to a very solemn melody,
perhaps even to the melody of
Lamentations, which we will soon
read on the Ninth of Av.
But with the vision promised to us,
with the delineation of the exact
borders and boundaries of our
lands, all of the suffering along the
way somehow becomes worthwhile. The lengthy list of way stations becomes transformed into the
triumphant marching
Maharal on the Sedra
It is not by coincidence that we read
the portion of Mas'ei during the three
weeks prior to Tish'a b'Av. These
are three weeks reserved for
reflection upon the experience of
exile, upon the trials and tribulations
of the centuries-long journey through
"the desert of the nations". This
week's Torah portion begins with the
long passage which foreshadows
that experience.
The Five Names of Sinai
lyrics of
But during these three weeks, the
deprive ourselves of all manner of
special celebrations, we are at least
aware of the seven weeks which are
to follow. These are the seven
weeks of consolation, the shiva
d'nechemta, during which we rejoice
for the conclusion of exile and
celebrate our ultimate return to the
Promised Land.
The words of the opening chapter of
Mas'ei drive home the painstaking
station-by-station journey through
history. But the accompanying
marching melody assures us that
celebration and triumph lie ahead.
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Bamidbar 33:36 - …they encamped
in the Tzin wilderness which is
Tiferet Yisrael 26:398 - Rabbi Yosi
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commanded [nitztavu] there
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•Paran wilderness for they were
fruitful and multiplied on it
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•Kedmut wilderness [D'varim 2:26]
for precedence [of Israel] was given
•Chorev for destruction descended
to those who opposed Hashem.
These are not all the same place, but
the rabbis are not troubled by this, for
the uninterrupted wilderness is one
big desert. From the moment Israel
entered the Sinai wilderness they
were in that desert, for there was no
settlement. Why did Hashem prefer
the desert over a settled place? The
desert is desolate and appropriate for
decree and commandment which
Hashem decreed with the power of
Judgment from the aspect of the one
who decrees. Although the command-
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The Pyramids, the many arrows, and
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Did you know that Israel is one of
the few places in the world that is
allowed to have koalas?
At Gangaroo, you can see
them and lots of other unique
animals from Down Under -kangaroos (and joeys) that you can
pet and feed, lorikeets that you can
give nectar, black swans, emus, and
much more
Next door is an oasis in the Jezreel
Valley, Gan HaShelosha.
Enjoy its popular outdoor, warm
freshwater springs
Bring a picnic lunch
After lunch, we will visit the
Tel Amal Wall & Watchtower,
and see how Jewish pioneers settled
the Galilee and Jezreel Valley
overnight and lived in these simple
Finally, we will see ancient
archaeological finds from the area,
as well as beautiful Etruscan art at
the Museum of Regional and
Mediterranean Archaeology
200å members •210å non-mem.
Call Naomi at the Travel Desk
560-9110 or 050-725-8392
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Due to popular demand, we
announce the next Holon tiyul:
Our Senses
Wednesday, AUG 17th
from 8:00am to 5:30pm
In the City of Holon
there are two amazing programs
which we shall experience:
Seeing with the Blind &
Hearing with the Deaf
It is difficult to describe in words
the great emotional effect your visits
to these unique programs will have
upon you!
Join us for a wonderful 5-day
vacation at the
Ein Gedi Guest House
This is not just a vacation but a
blessed health experience, as well
Limited to 40 people
175å members / 185å non-mem
You can register with Naomi
at the Travel Desk (02) 560-9110
or 050-725-8392
s tiyulim are always treats!
Come! You’
ll enjoy her delicious sweets!
Register immediately with
Naomi at the Travel Desk
560-9110 or 050-725-8392
We will then explore the unique
s Story Park:
the only park of its type in all of
Israel! Beautiful landscape, easy
walking, gorgeous sculptures
executed by famous Israeli artists,
which depict well-known children’
stories. You will enjoy this special
park and will surely want to
photograph some of the works of
art which you will see.
Program subject to change
Zimmer in Rosh Pina
Folberg Family
054-472-2351 •(04) 680-0065
[email protected]
New desert rooms:
4 nights, 1560å •2 nights, 815å
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Rabbi Elan Adler
Warm, personable and humorous
American Rabbi now in Israel, BH
Available for Life Cycle events,
lectures, scholar in residence
Visit for details
GAV HAHAR Movers Beit El
SUN-THU •Aug 28 - Sep 1
Price includes... admission to the
world famous magnificent mineral
Spa and self-service mud - all day
and every day •A delightful
semi-Olympic sweet water
outdoor pool - hours for separate
swimming for men and women,
including night swimming •
Entrance to the separate Dead Sea
beaches •Beautiful, recently
redecorated rooms with
refrigerator, kettle and more •
Rich buffet cuisine - Kosher
Lemehadrin - Hashgacha of Rabbi
Bistritzky with all products either
Eida Haredit or Rabbi Landau
Lunch at additional cost
Prices are per person, dbl. occ.
half board (Single supp. available)
Deluxe rooms:
4 nights, 1710å •2 nights, 890å
"Dialogue in the Dark"
& "Invitation to Silence"
Kosher B&B
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Packing Services and Storage
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Offices in Jerusalem, EFRAT,
Ramat Beit Shemesh
US Board Certified / Misrad HaBriut
recognized specialist in all Arthritis conditions
Joint and Muscle Pain
Conscientious “American style” Care
Conveniently located at Refa Na Medical
Center, Givat Shaul, Jerusalem
Sara Genstil, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Social Worker
Focus on relationships, psychosomatic
issues, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction,
anxiety, post-trauma and depression
Orientation: Self-Psychology and
Intersubjective System Theory
0522-609-087 •English & Hebrew
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Last issue’
s (Matot) TTriddles:
[1] 3 of the five end in aliterative pairs
Three of the five books of the
Chumash end in two sedras that begin
with the same letter: B'reishit Vayigash, Vaychi; Vayikra - B'har,
B'chukotai; Bamidbar - Matot, Mas'ei.
[2] Loss of the HEI is well made up for
Matot is one of five sedras whose name
has a HEI prefixed to it, which has been
dropped in the name we call it by:
HaMishpatim, HaT'ruma, HaSh'mini,
HaM'tzora, HaMatot. In the first portion of MATOT there are 31 words
with a MAPIK HEI, causing us to
repeatedly hear the final HEI.
[3] 3 sedras in a row & once in Va'eira
The name PINCHAS occurs in the
Torah four times: In Parshat Va'eira and
in the three consecutive sedras of
[4] Connection between Reuven & Gad
and Dan
The tribes of Reuven and Gad
promised, "But we ourselves will go
ready armed before the people of
Israel," - the term for ready armed is
CHUSHIM. That is the name of DAN's
son (B'reishit 46:23).
[5] sausage curfew snapback
First & second letters, fourth & fifth
Mazal Tov to
Michael & Vivien Rothstein
and family on the marriage
of their granddaughter
letters of each word are: Au, Ag, Cu,
Fe, Sn, Pb. These are the symbols for
the metals listed in Bamidbar 31:22 ZAHAV
N'CHOSHET (copper), BARZEL (iron),
B'DIL (tin), OFERET (lead).
[6] A beheaded salmon by any other
Behead (remove first letter) salmon and
get Almon. Its other name is ANATOT,
mentioned in the first pasuk of the
haftara of Matot.
These letters (in alphabetical order)
rearrange to spell REUVEN, GAD, and
half of MENASHE (the MEM and HEI).
Calendar Trivia: Av and August dates match this
year (1st thru 30th). This happened previously in
1981, 1962, 1924. This kind of match up with any
pair of months happens about every 2½-3 years.
Most recent match ups occurred with Elul 5768 &
September 2008 - 35 civil calendar months ago
which was 36 Jewish month ago. Before that,
Adar 5766 & March 2006. Before that, only 2
months earlier - Tevet 5766 and January 2006.
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"Why the Land was Destroyed (Nedarim 21a):
The Cycle of National Disasters [2] by Dr. Meir Tamari
indiscipline, resulting in the idolatry,
bloodshed and sexual immorality for
which the first Temple was destroyed.
"Why was Yerushalayim destroyed?
Because they did not recite the bracha
before [learning] the Torah" (Nedarim
81a). This b'racha, "Who has chosen us
from all the nations and given to us His
Torah", is so fundamental and intrinsic
to Judaism that by ignoring it, scholars,
pious people and spiritual leaders have
caused the destructions and tragedies
that we mourn and remember (an oft
repeated teaching of Harav Tzvi Yehuda Kook).
However, even when these three sins do
not exist, the rejection of NationReligion leads to the fragmentation of
both the nation and of the religion.
Instead of Am Yisrael, of Klal Yisrael,
of Am Kadosh, of Mamlechet Kohanim,
one is left with sects and sectarianism,
with social tribalism and differing
schools or systems of religious thought,
practice and custom. Sinat Chinam and
divisiveness are often the result. "Why
was Bayit Sheini destroyed when there
was Torah, Mitzvot and Gemilut
Chasadim? Because there was sinat
chinam" (Yoma 10b). "Because of this
sinat chinam, they suspected as being
apikorsim all those whose way in Yirat
Hashem they saw as not acting
according to their own way. So they
came to all the inconceivable wrongs in
the world until the House was
destroyed" (The Natziv's Ha'Ameik
Davar, Introduction to Sefer B'reishit).
The Torah was not given to individuals, neither to special families, tribes,
sects or schools of thought, nor was
Torah given to certain pious, learned or
singular saints. The Torah over which
we recite this bracha was given to a
Chosen People to be observed in a
Chosen Land, so that all social,
political, economic actions, acts of war
and of peace, the pursuit of justice and
righteousness can be devoted to G-d and
His Words. "Adam, created in His
Image, was given the divine power of
speech, so that all of Mankind has the
power to take oaths making certain
actions or things forbidden to their
community or society. However, only
Jews, because of Israel's special
relationship to Hashem, have the further
spiritual power to use speech to make
oaths making something forbidden to
one person whilst permitted to all
others" (Shem MiShmuel). Perhaps this
is similar to the idea that while all
peoples have the obligation to praise,
beseech and thank G-d and indeed have
done so throughout the ages in many
forms, only we have the mitzva of the
communal prayer of Shmoneh Esrei
based on the national korbanot.
Rabbi S. R. Hirsch repetitively refers to
the nation-religion of Judaism; rejection
of which leads to a Judaism that is
merely a religion, in which the Rhine,
the Volga, the Thames or the Hudson is
as holy as the River Jordan. Basic as it
is, this concept of Nation-Religion
seems to have been one that is
extremely difficult to accept and
translate into practice, both throughout
the centuries and even in our own day.
Close to 500 years elapsed between the
conquest under Yehoshua and the
building of the Beit Mikdash; 500 years
when bamot, altars of regional, tribal or
personal worship existed rather than the
National-Religious Avoda in 'the place
that G-d chose'. After Shlomo, the 10
Tribes set up centers of idolatry that
would battle the centralized Mikdash in
Yerushalayim and even the righteous
kings of Yehuda were powerless during
most of the years of Bayit Rishon to
destroy the bamot. As the haftarot of
Mas'ei and Shabbat Chazon show,
ignoring or minimizing the national
nature envisaged by the Torah, led to
the sin of ingratitude for all G-d's
goodness to Israel and to Israel's
Mazal Tov to
Pesach & Aliza Derdiger
and Yosef & Liraz Derdiger
on the birth of their
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Perhaps it is worthy of noting that the
language that Chazal use is sinat
chinam, needless hatred, national
discord and social dissolution, rather
than the more individualized and
personalized form of lashon hara, one of
the derivates of sinat chinam.
English Shmirat HaLashon Rally
for women in Yerushalayim
Tuesday night, August 2nd
in Binyanei Ha'uma at 7:45pm
with Rabbi Paysach Krohn,
Rabbi Dovid Ordman and
Rabbi Asher Zelig Rubenstein
The evening coincides with the first
yahrzeit of Moshe Menora l"f and his
granddaughters Sara Klein d"r, Rikki and
Racheli Menora d"r, who died in a tragic
plane crash last summer. Moshe Menora
was the father of Miriam Schreiber of
Chicago and Sholom Menora and
Kelly Klein of Israel.
The evening is being sponsored by Rabbi Zev
and Kelly Klein and Sema Chaimovitz Menora
L'ilui Nishmot their beloved family members
Tickets are available at the door and at
locations in most neighborhoods
(check for ads in your neighborhood)
For more info, Kelly Klein (02) 653-6578
before them" (Shem MiShmuel).
Dr. Tamari's new book, "Truths desired by God:
An Excursion into the Weekly Haftarah"
is published by Gefen Publishers
"Birchat HaTorah ends, 'G-d gave the
Torah', once they forgot that there was a
G-d who gave them the Torah they were
studying, all social and moral corruption
became possible; even though the
Temple stood, the way to idolatry,
immorality and bloodshed stood open
Jonathan Rosenblum DPM
ibiit oa mdxa` cecÎl dnly d`etx
(02) 6333-133 •050-595-5161
Pediatric and Geriatric Foot Care,
Bunions, Hammertoes,
and Diabetic Wound Care
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"Regular" classes & lectures - 25å members, 30å non-members, 5å maintenance fee
for life members. Special rates for mornings with two or more shiurim:
40nis members, 50nis non-members. 10nis for life members.
No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Yearly membership 360NIS couple, 275NIS single. Life membership, call us.
Programs of the Center are partially funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel
WED July 27th •Yom R'vi'i, 25 Tamuz
09:20 Rabbi Macy Gordon - Contemporary Halachic Issues
09:45 Parshat Mas'ei with Reuven Wolfeld
10:45 Parshat HaShavua - R' Yosef Wolicki
12:00 July 27th •Exploring Israeli culture, history and society •Youth building
"tent-cities" against high rents and unaffordable real estate prices!
Israeli society and its real estate market. Its winners & losers.
Interactive lectures with Gabriella Licsko
12:30 Dr. Maurice E. Joseph Jewish Video Resource Center presents...
VIDEO in the LIBRARY: Phil Chernofsky - "Tisha B'Av Is Coming!"
12:45 TaiChi for Health with Avi Hirsch
13:30 Medical Chi Kong with Avi Hirsch 050-7671-722
14:15 Women's Beit Midrash - Pearl Borow
First hour: the Haftorot; Second hour on Chumash with Rashi
19:30 Rabbi Chaim Eisen's shiur •Does the Torah determine
what Morality is - or do we? Religious Belief vs. human responsibility
19:30 July 27th •Meet the Author: Rabbi Neil Winkler
as he introduces us to his new book (Gefen Publ.):
Bringing the Prophets to Life, with a shiur:
Introducing David BETTERman - Anointing David as King
This shiur is sponsored by Irene Wolins in memory of her brother BARUCH ben YEHUDA z"l
THU July 28th •Yom Chamishi, 26 Tamuz
09:00 Less Pain, Stand Straight, Tone Posture Muscles and More
Posture/Balance Exercise Class for Women
DR TOVA GOLDFINE Chiropractor/Rehabilitation
Contact Dr Tova 052-420-1201 [email protected]
10:30 (to 12:30) Midrash HaShavua - Dr. Hayim Abramson
13:30 Knitting / Verna black, crocheting / Dvora Zippor - library
20:00 July 28th •Rabbi
Zelig Pliskin with the Joy Club •no charge
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FRI July 29th •Yom Shishi, 27 Tamuz
08:30 (to 9:45am) Kollel Yom Shishi with HaRav Eliav Silverman
09:00 "Not your typical Parsha Shiur" Summer series with Rabbi Chaim Eisen
Insights into Parshat HaShavua - each session stands on its own
11:00 RCA Daf Yomi
SHA July 30th •Parshat Mas'ei, 28 Tamuz •M'vorchim
17:00 Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Poupko
"Mas'ei: The Magicless Meaning of the Splitting of the Sea"
18:00 MINCHA
SUN-THU in the Ganchrow Beis Medrash (first floor)
10:00 SUN/TUE/THU Rabbi Jeff Bienenfeld - Brachot - 4th perek
11:15 RCA Daf Yomi by Rotation (and Fri. at 11:00am)
in tribute to Rabbi Yitzchak Botwinick l"f
13:20 Mincha (this time stays the same throughout the year)
15:15 TUE & WED Rabbi Chaim Sendic's shiur:
We will learn together about money matters that are relevant to
everyday life. Topics prepared by Machon Tzurba MeRabanan,
committed to making the study of practical halacha available to
16:30 (Not TUE) Gemara Kesuvos with Rabbi Hillel Ruvell
SUN July 31st •Yom Rishon, 29 Tamuz
10:00 What does Torah Judaism say about... (regular fees, men & women)
Next week (Aug. 7th): "New Light on the Kamtza-Bar Kamtza Story"
Rabbi Aharon Ziegler
12:00 Hebrew for Beginners •Learn to read and converse in Hebrew and
feel more comfortable when you daven. Given by Haya Graus •10å
Interested in a BEGINNERS' class, call 560-9125
12:30 Life: A fantastic adventure - Alan Romm
14:00 (July 31st) Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher
"Tish'a b'Av - the Original Iron Curtain"
17:20 Pri Chadash Women's Writing Workshop (2 hrs)
Contact: Ruth Fogelman (628-7359) and Judy Caspi (054-569-0410)
18:30 Rabbi Dr. Joseph C. Klausner/Yedidyahu Shiur in Shmuel Bet
What Caused CHURBAN of Second Temple? Lack of Aliya? Sinat
Chinam? Chilul Shabbat? or Too strict Torah Laws? (no charge this class)
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SUN cont.
19:30 Rabbi Mordechai Machlis on Mishlei (Mussar) (no charge this class)
19:30 Rabbi Chaim Eisen - Torat Eretz Yisrael:
Am Yisrael & Eretz Yisrael in Jewish Law and Thought
Sunday, July 31st •8:00pm
"A Torah Perspective on World Catastrophes"
Guest speaker:
Rabbi Dr. Moshe B. Tendler
MON August 1st •Yom Sheini, Rosh Chodesh Av
10:00 N'SHEI LIBRARY (until 12:00)
09:30 MOMMY & BABY MUSIC CLASSES with Jackie
10:30 (09:30 - 6-18 mos. •10:30 - 1-3 yrs.) Call 999-5524 / 054-533-9305
09:15 Review of the 9 Days & Shabbat Chazon with Phil Chernofsky
The Connection between 17 Tamuz and Tish'a b'Av
Special shiur by
Rabbi Ari D. Kahn
Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan University
Author, Echoes of Eden on Sefer B'reishit (see page 20)
August 1st •"Who's who and what's what?"
Israeli orthodox Communities: Mitnaged, Litvish, Yeshivish - Anglo
Litvish communities and yeshivot in Israel from Kiryat Mattersdorf to
Shaarei Chesed. The cultural differences between the Anglo and Israeli
Litvish groups and communities.
Interactive lecture with pictures - Gabriella Licsko
Fit Forever: Look & Feel your Best! Exercise for women of all ages
Call Sura Faecher 993-2524 •050-415-3239
Dr. Maurice E. Joseph Jewish Video Resource Center presents... (45m)
Nikdashti - Kiddush Hashem from
Churban Europe as told by Survivors”
Pearl Borow resumes IY"H Monday, August 15th
Everything's in the Koren Siddur - Phil Chernofsky
August 1st
"Gay Marriage: An Orthodox Public Policy Perspective"
Guest speaker: Dr. David Luchins
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SUN cont.
20:00 Lifestyle Solutions presents... "Staying Healthy Through Middle Age and
Beyond" Nutrition and Fitness Seminar •Find out how YOU can
improve your fitness - at any age! Learn how to use exercise and food
to address various health challenges •debunk common exercise myths
•Get assessed and discover your unique fitness profile •Start sleeping
better •Eat right and enjoy •IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
featuring Emanuel (Mendy) Grunwald and Ashira Krakowski, M.S.
25NIS Israel Center members •30NIS non-members
TUE August 2nd •Yom Sh'lishi, 2 Av
The Israel Center and the Old City Free Loan Association
Gemach - Free Loan Society to provide interest-free loans for people in
financial distress (living in the Jerusalem area). Interviews at the Center
on Tuesdays from 10:00-12:00 and 19:00-20:30 •Please bring ID
09:00 The Destructive power of Sinat Chinam - Rabbi Jeff Bienenfeld
10:15 Rabbi Elan Adler on Parshat HaShavua
11:20 Spiritual-Psychological Health - Esther Sutton's series for women
12:30 Dr. Maurice E. Joseph Jewish Video Resource Center presents... (90m)
Crossfire”- first Hollywood movie to
examine anti-Semitism... an anti-Semitic soldier meets a Jewish
businessman in a bar with violent results. Brilliant performances by
three Roberts - Ryan, Mitchum and Young - powerful portrayal of the
evil of Jew hatred... not only an excellent film, but an important one.
13:00 Writing as self-discovery (women only)
Exploring the stories of your life - Esther Sutton
19:30 (to 21:00) Parsha through the Eyes of the Meforshim
Rabbi Yonatan Kolatch
20:00 Tuesday, August 2nd
"Israel's World Image: What each of us can do
to help win the public diplomacy battle"
Guest speaker: Efraim Cohen
Retired U.S. career diplomat with the State Department,
including Cultural Attaché at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.
He is B"H, an oleh, now living in Zichron Yaakov
WED August 3rd •Yom R'vi'i, 3 Av
09:20 Rabbi Macy Gordon - Contemporary Halachic Issues
09:45 Parshat D'varim with Reuven Wolfeld
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WED cont.
10:45 Parshat HaShavua R' Yosef Wolicki
12:00 Aug 3rd •Exploring Israeli culture, history and society
"Let's surf on the map... of Israel" Four holy cities (part 2)
The city of the fathers and the city of the sons. The history of Hebron
from Avraham Avinu to the Avraham Avinu neigborhood
Interactive lectures with Gabriella Licsko
Dr. Maurice E. Joseph Jewish Video Resource Center presents...
VIDEO in the LIBRARY: Phil Chernofsky - "Tisha B'Av and D'varim"
TaiChi for Health with Avi Hirsch
Medical Chi Kong with Avi Hirsch 050-7671-722
Women's Beit Midrash - Pearl Borow resumes IY"H, August 17th
Rabbi Chaim Eisen's shiur •Does the Torah determine
what Morality is - or do we? Religious Belief vs. human responsibility
L'Ayla program for men & women •see page 22
THU August 4th •Yom Chamishi, 4 Av
PEARLS/PERILS OF PREGNANCY •Come discover and discuss
methods and techniques to help you understand and navigate the
adventures of pregnancy. The 3 Ps - (em)Powerment, Physical Activity
and Pain Management •2-hr Workshop will include exercises that will
allievate back pain, relaxation techniques and group discussion.
(Dress comfortably for some hands on techniques)
Roz Goldberg - Certified Doula practicing in Jerusalem area hospitals
050-234-3767 [email protected]
Dr Tova Goldfine - Chiropractor and Rehabilitation Specialist
052-420-1201 [email protected]
If our hoped-for festive meals and concerts will not yet be appropriate, then...
9 Monday, August 8th •7:00pm - Seudat HaMafseket (pita, egg, water)
•7:30pm - Review of the practices of 9Av
AV •8:00pm - Maariv and Eicha with Rabbi Neil Winkler
Tuesday, August 9th •8:30am - Slow-paced Shacharit (Sof Zman K"Sh - 9:22am)
Kinot until Chatzot with Dr. David Luchins and Rabbi Neil Winkler
1:20pm - Mincha Gedola •2:00pm (approx.) Appropriate Videos throughout the
afternoon (until approx. 6:00pm) We will screen various videos, probably in two
different rooms. And we will try to show the OU's Kinot webcast, as well
09:00 Posture/Balance Exercise Class for Women Thu, 9:00-10:00am
SAT Motza'ei Shabbat Nachamu
10:30 (to 12:30) Midrash HaShavua - Dr. Hayim Abramson
13:30 Knitting / Verna black, crocheting / Dvora Zippor - library
Aug featuring Jewish Music of the 60s and 70s including SHLOMO
see page 31 for details
19:30 Pre-Tish'a b'Av video: The Power of Tish'a b'Av
shiurim and mult-media presentation by OU-NCSY, 5769
FRI August 5th •Yom Shishi, 5 Av
08:30 (to 9:45am) Kollel Yom Shishi with HaRav Eliav Silverman
09:00 "Not your typical Parsha Shiur" Summer series with Rabbi Chaim Eisen
Insights into Parshat HaShavua - each session stands on its own
11:00 RCA Daf Yomi
at the
Israel Center...
See top of next page for a Sunday morning, August 7th program
SUN "Mourning for the Destruction in the Rebuilt Jerusalem:
Aug 7 Reflections on Tisha B'Av and the Modern State of Israel"
20:00 Guest speaker: Rabbi Shimshon Nadel
dzgnya d`exe dkef milyexi lr la`znd lk
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HOWIE KAHN's Annual Sing-along
CARLEBACH plus a Salute to Summer of 2011 Concert Favorites
21:30 BOB DYLAN and PAUL SIMON "A splendid time is guaranteed for all."
40å members •45å non-members •Shabbaton Paricipants 30å
SUN Off The Wall Comedy Basement... David Kilimnick:
Aug14 Jerusalem's Comedian Tu BAv Comedy Special
20:00 'Jewish Singles' from The Find Me A Wife Show •The show about Jewish
Single Life You Do Not Want TO MISS. It is Erev TU b'Av, the Holiday
of love. Celebrate it with Jerusalem's most well-known single man David Kilimnick. In his one-man Stand-up show, dedicated to the single
community, David Kilimnick (the creator and performer of The Aliyah
Monologues, as seen on JDate, Dosidate &
approaches the issues of the single man/woman in this society known as
Jerusalem and Katamon. The community, the "shidduch crisis," and why
there is no naches. Sure to walk away entertained, enlightened...
or with David
Entrance: 40nis (30nis - member of the OU Israel Center)
Location in Jerusalem : OU Israel Center- 22 Keren HaYesod
Reservations: 050-875-5688 •
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