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They say that time flies when you are having fun. If that is true, being that this weekend already marks the culmination of all of the Yomim Noroyim, Sukkos, Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah, we at DOS must be having some serious fun. Where have the Yomim Tovim gone?

The true Simcha that we all experienced together throughout Yom Tov, the Davening, the learning, and even the Kiddushim in the Sukkah are truly memorable.

You may ask. "How can you discuss how wonderful Simchas Torah was when you are writing this article beforehand?" The answer is simple. It is a basic Torah principle of Kal V'chomer. If the Simcha was so strong throughout Sukkos, Z'man Simchasainu, ("the time of our rejoicing"), for so many days in a row, and this was just a physical Simcha for us, how much more so will the spirit continue and the joy express itself multifold as we approach our Simcha for the Torah. The only thing that we are really missing is the presence of our fellow members who are in Eretz Yisroel, New York, Chicago and the like. While we wish them the most beautiful Yom Tov possible, we really wish that they were here, celebrating together with us.

The question can be asked. On Simchas Torah, when we Lain from the Torah and we begin to read the story of creation all over again, why does the Ba'al Koreh occasionally stop and the entire congregation precedes him saying certain sentences out loud? At the end of each day of creation we all say, "And it was evening, and it was morning, Day _____! (One!, The Second Day, The Third Day, etc.)" We do this at the culmination of each of the days of creation. At the end of Day Six, we read the entire paragraph leading into the Shabbos. And, if this is indeed the proper way to read this portion, why don't we do it again on the following Shabbos, Parshas Beraishis when we read the entire Torah portion?

‚ÄčThe answer can be easily understood if we comprehend the reason for this Torah reading on Simchas Torah in the first place. On a regular Shabbos, the reason that we read the Torah portion in Shul is to assist the individual community members to fulfill their obligation to learn Torah. Not so on Simchas Torah. The reason we read from the Torah on Simchas Torah is what we call "Simcha Yesairah," additional Simcha. We are bursting at the seams from all the joy that we have been experiencing and we have a strong desire to channel that Simcha in a Torah direction and not let it run amok. What better way than to read from the Torah to express to G-d an appropriate thank you for all of the joy that we are feeling. And, with that expression of joy through reading the Torah, we reaffirm to Hashem our faith and our belief in the Torah itself, in the creation of the universe in six days, the establishment of Shabbos, and of our commitment to living our lives as Torah-abiding Jews.

This is why we call out the affirmation of our belief, "And there was evening, and there was morning, Day One! The Second Day, etc. etc."

So, are there still any possible questions as to how it is that I know ahead of time how Simchadik our Simchas Torah will be? With all of the Simcha that we had until now, for ourselves, how could it possibly end any other way?

Have a Chag Kosher V'samayach! 

This week's Parshas Matos begins with the Torah telling us that Moshe spoke to the Nesiyim, the heads of the tribes, telling them the laws of making and nullifying a vow.
Rashi tells us that Moshe gave Kavod, honor, to the heads of the tribes by telling them first, and then to the B'nai Yisroel. And why, asks Rashi, was it necessary to do it in this order? To teach us that a vow can be nullified by a "Yachid Mumche", a single individual that is an Halachic expert in this field.
Asks the Shem M'Shmuel.
Why are the Nesiyum mentioned in the beginning of this Parsha that discusses vows? The act of making a vow does not involve the Nasie at all. It is only with regard to nullifying a vow that the Nasie plays any roll what-so-ever?
In actuality, the entire concept of a Neder, a vow, a means by which a person can bring restrictions upon his or her self that were not commanded of them, comes into question. A self imposed vow seems comparable to a Torah restriction. How can a mere human being possibly create restrictions that are comparable to a Torah restriction imposed by G-d?
Obviously we must say that the making of a vow is NOT comparable to a Torah restriction imposed by G-d. How does it differ?
A Torah restriction can NEVER be nullified! The law is the law. Whereas a vow CAN be nullified by a Chacham, a Nasie, an expert in the laws of vows.
So, to answer our initial question. The reason that the "Heads of the Tribes" are mentioned at the beginning of the laws of "Vows" is;
If not for the fact that a Nasie could nullify a vow, making it different from a Torah restriction, one would never be allowed to make a vow in the first place. So indeed, even the Making of a vow, not just the nullification of a vow, is truly dependent on the Heads of the Tribes.
What we need to learn from this is the need to turn to our Rabbi's and Chachamim to answer questions for us and not just to assume that we can determine the Halacha for ourselves.
It is in the power of the Rabbi who knows the Halacha to nullify a vow, to allow a person to act within and outside the realm of a restriction. However, a person who is a G-d fearing Jew should not Paskin for his/her self, neither to restrict or to allow themselves any activity that involves an Halachic opinion.
A person must learn to trust that the Rabbi knows where they are holding, and that his Psak will be given accordingly, Halacha allowing.
Just as a person who kept kosher his entire life would not eat something questionable without checking if the kosher status meets with their own standards, so too a person should check with regard to the laws of Shabbos and other Halachos if certain lenienciThank you and Good Shabbos.

Delray Orthodox Synagogue, more commonly referred to as DOS, is a vibrant Modern Orthodox Synagogue serving the spiritual and social needs of its members. DOS provides daily minyanim, Torah learning, and interesting lectures by guest speakers. The very active membership committee is always on the lookout for new members and interesting ways to provide learning in an interactive environment.

DOS serves a wide community area including Glen Eagles, Vizcaya, Valencia, Kings Point, Huntington Lakes and Towers, Huntington Point, Villa Borghese, and the Villages of Oriole. There is an extensive ERUV covering the entire Delray Beach area.
For ERUV STATUS, call 561-499-0970 after 2PM on Friday.

We hope you will come and join us for a Shabbos, a service, or one of our weekly lectures.We are confident you will find DOS a delightful and warm environment and one you will look forward to experiencing again and again.

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