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Delray Orthodox Synagogue

"A Jewel of a Shul"


Welcome to the new DOS Website

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  • Look up details on your account
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  • View pictures of events
  • And much more to come


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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 Shoftim begins with a very practical commandment, " Shoftim V'Shotrim Teetain Lecha B'Chol Shi'Oreacha". "Judges and officers shall you appoint, to you,  in all of your cities".

Many commentaries ask that it seems as if the word "Lecha, (to you)" is superfluous.

Says the Sfas Emes. The word Shoftim, judges, refers to rules which are common sense. A judge sorts out the balance of the case being presented to him, and looks at it with unprejudiced eyes. He can then rule based on the proper law involved. "Shotrim" on the other hand, are officers that are needed to enforce the law even when that law goes against the individuals common sense.

Shoftim is logic. Before a person does a deed he must weigh on his internal 'brain scale' if this deed should be done or not.

Shotrim is the necessity to deal with the Torah laws that go beyond ones logic, even if you do not agree with them. Just as an officer forces the litigant to abide by the rules even though he thinks that he is right, so too a person must police himself to do the correct Torah law, even though he may not agree with it.

Such is the means by which to serve Hashem.

1. Judge. To determine and to weigh in your mind the correct choice of what to do and what not to do.

2. Police. To fulfill the kings commands even without reason.

This method of service.. "Teetain Lecha", you should apply "To You" in your daily Avodah.

Although at the moment we have what appears to be a cease fire situation in Israel, we can not wain in our prayers or in the good deeds that we do in the merit of the soldiers and the country.

It is very easy to become complacent and to say that we can stop saying Tehillim for a while, "Things seem to be going well in Israel right now". Not so!! Even if we do not understand the reason for continued prayers for the soldiers, the people and the land, our Rabbis have told us to continue our support, to continue making the extra efforts to come to Shul, to learn Torah, to give Tzedakah, and to do Chesed with one another in order to accumulate merit to be applied to the safety of our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisroel.

Shoftim, V'Shotrim. Whether we agree with it or not, we must band together as Am Echad, as one nation, until we are worthy of seeing universal peace and the coming of the Moshiach in our time.


Have a Great 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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