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Delray Orthodox Synagogue

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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 these communities which has been CERTIFIED. 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.

 Rabbi's message: 


This week's Parsha, Parshas R'eah, is all about choices. Good and evil, reward and punishment. The very first sentence teaches us an invaluable lesson about the onus of responsibility that we each carry with us on a daily basis.

"R'eah Anochi Nosain Lifnaichem Hayom B'racha U'klahlah". See, I Present Before You Today A blessing Or A Curse.

Although in the English language the word 'You' can be utilized in either a singular or plural tense, in Hebrew, 'Lifnaichem' is only used to mean the plural 'You'. This creates a slight problem in this Pasuk. 'R'eah', meaning 'See', is in the SINGULAR vernacular while 'Lifnaichem' is in the PLURAL! Why the switch in the middle of a sentence?

Rabbi Yosef from Salutsk shares with us the following.

Chazal teach us that a person must look at each of his actions as if his personal judgement scale was perfectly balanced between good and bad. His choice right now will tip the scale in one direction or the other. He can be considered a Tzadik by making the right choice, or G-d forbid the opposite by making the wrong choice.

The Gemara at the end of the first chapter in Kiddushin says that by doing One Mitzvah a person can tip his personal scale to the positive and thereby tip the balance of the communal scale of Klal Yisroel to the side of good as well. Hashem deals with the Jewish people based on how the MAJORITY of his children are acting.

The Ramban in last weeks Parsha on the Passuk of "V'hayah Iym Shamoah Tishma'u" says that the entire WORLD is judged based on the majority actions of K'lal Yisroel.

So, this is how it plays out. Your choice now to do the right thing can make 'You' a Tzadik, which can throw the balance and make the majority of Klal Yisroel righteous, which will cause the world to be judged for the Good as well.

Now we can understand our Pasuk. "See"! In the singular. Your choice will affect what I have placed "Lifnaichem", before ALL of You, and the Universe, Blessing or Curse.

The Torah teaches us that not just does each person make a difference, each person can make THE difference.

May Hashem guide us to always make the right choices and may we each bare some of the credit for bringing Shalom to all of our brothers and sisters around the world. May Hashem grant us an immediate and peaceful solution in Our Holy Land, Israel.

Choose a Great Shabbos.

Good Shabbos.



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.

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