Delray Orthodox Synagogue
DELRAY ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE
"A Jewel of a Shul"
7319 W. ATLANTIC AVENUE
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA 33446
RABBI MENACHEM JAROSLAWICZ
HARRY LAZARUS, PRESIDENT
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New Torah Dedication
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on the dedication of our new Torah by Joe
and Judy Kaufer:
Parshas Beraishis. New beginnings. Once again we start to read from the beginning of the Torah. Or, as Yogi Berra would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again!”
But is it really a beginning? Think about it. It is not the first of the year, neither Tishrei nor Nissan. It is not even the very first Parsha that we read in 5776. We read V’zos Ha’Beracha prior to reading Beraishis.
Yes, it is the first Parsha of the Torah -- but is it a new beginning?
The Midrash Rabbah teaches us that the Torah was in existence BEFORE the creation of the world.
“Histakail be’Oraisah u’vorai almah.” Hashem looked into the Torah like one would scrutinize a blueprint, and He created the world accordingly, following the blueprint’s directions.
This would seem to imply that, when it comes to Torah, there is no such thing as a new beginning. Torah preceded it all!
Indeed, to not associate any “beginning” with Torah is why we immediately connect the end of the Torah reading in Parshas V’zos Ha’Beracha to Parshas Beraishis. By creating a continuous loop, we pass on the message that Torah is, indeed, endless in its content, endless in its place in history and endless in its application on a daily basis.
Torah transcends time and space while, at the same time, serving as the foundation of both.
There is a debate amongst the Rabbis as to which came first, “heaven” or “earth.”
The House of Shammai says that heaven was created first and quotes the following passuk:
“Ha’Shamayim kissee, v’ha’aretz ha’dom raglei” [The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool]. (Yeshayahu 66:1).
They reason that the throne comes “first” and only afterwards does one create the footstool.
On the other-hand, the House of Hillel says that the earth was created first. A king who builds a palace builds it from the ground up -- and not vice versa.
The Chachamim say that, for creation purposes, the “heaven” was first. However, from a perspective of “perfecting” the universe, earth was perfected before the heavens. They quote the following Passuk, where we see earth mentioned first, to support their claim.
“B’yohm asos Hashem Elokim eretz v’shamayim” [From the day that Hashem our G-d made earth and heaven]. (Beraishis 2:4).
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai says that both heaven and earth were created at the same time. His son, Rabbi Eliezer, supports his father’s position, claiming that this is why the Torah sometimes mentions Shamayim first and other times mentions Aretz first. He continues to show that, many times throughout the Torah, we will find the mention of two items whose order of preference is interchangeable.
This is done intentionally, to teach us that the two items are EQUAL in value, EQUAL in importance, and require EQUAL attention and respect.
The order in which the names of the Avos are mentioned are often reversed.
The order of Moshe and Ahron’s names are often times reversed, as are those of Yehoshua and Kalev.
The preference of bringing a Tur or a Ben Yonah as a sacrifice is often mentioned in reversed order.
When discussing honoring one’s Father and Mother, the order of which parent is mentioned first is oftentimes reversed.
Again, this is done intentionally, to teach us that the two items are EQUAL in value, EQUAL in importance, and require EQUAL attention and respect.
Over the Yomim Tovim, we had so many people chip in to help make the overall experience absolutely amazing. I mention the ones that come to mind in NO particular order. Each one deserves to be thanked EQUALLY, and their importance to DOS needs to be EQUALLY recognized by all:
Harry Lazarus, Alan Graubard, Jack Levine, Sheldon Klein, Joe Ferman, Mannes Friedman, Hirsch Ruchlin, Kevin Kirshenbaum, Sandy Geiger, Martin Geiger, Stanley Greenberg, Milton Sabin, Bernie Leibman, Sidney Feibus, and ALL of those who participated in davening, setting up and cleaning up for Kiddush in and out of the Sukkah.
A special “thank you” to ALL the women who participated, helped, allowed their spouses to come to Shul and otherwise worked so tirelessly at making sure we had such a beautiful Yom Tov together.
If I most-inadvertently left anybody out, please forgive me. Like I said, the order of names and the mention of some and not others at this particular time are interchangeable because we all carry EQUAL importance in the larger scheme of things. We are ALL a part of the greater DOS family, with a united vision to see the Shul grow and prosper.
There are no beginnings and ends. We are all amidst an endless loop of growth and prosperity in our spiritual search and observance, both as individuals and as a congregation.
I, for one, am truly proud to be a part of it.
My sincerest thanks, too, to all of you who have so generously participated in getting the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund off to such a healthy start. Im Yirtza Hashem we will do wonderful things together.
May Hashem grant all of us the sweetest response to all of our prayers and may we all be meritorious to spend the next Yom Tov together, in PEACE, in Yerushalayim, Ir Hakodesh, B’mhairah B’yameinu, Amen.
Have a great Shabbos.
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