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 Rabbi's message: 


For those of you who were with us for Rosh Hashana, you already know what a beautiful, warm and moving experience we all had. The joint efforts of the Ba'alei Tefillah, the Gabboyim, the Ba'al Koreh, the Ba'al Makri, the Ba'al Tokaya, the committee heads, and the mispallalim who added harmony and feeling to the davening, resulted in a truly elevated and meaningful spiritual event.

And, I must add, that the respect for the Tefillos, the audible absence of talking during davening, was beyond commendable. If this Rosh Hashana is any indication of what our year is to be like, we can all feel proud and assured, that Hashem has good things in store for us for the coming year.

I truly hope that those of our members who were NOT with us for Yom Tov had as positive an experience as we did.

However, none of us should feel so secure as to get too comfortable. Yom Kippur is still ahead of us and there is still plenty to pray for. And, let us not forget that Hashem still has the last say no matter how confident we feel.

I have seen immediate beautiful results from the Rosh Hashana and Shabbos Shuva sermons. I have seen members of all ages, men and women alike, respond positively to the messages that were conveyed over Yom Tov. As a Rov, I am happy to have been able to enhance the spiritual direction of the Shul and to have been a part of the new found unity, Shalom and willingness of all of us to work together for the same common goal, the future growth of DOS. As a friend, I could not ask for a nicer more openminded group of people to be associated with and living amongst.

However, as I said before, Yom Kippur is still ahead of us, and Hashem has the last say in ALL matters.

I strongly believe that if we can keep up the non talking in Shul, if we can stick to the commitments that we each made to be more tolerant, more open, more sharing, and happier individuals, that we stand a pretty good chance of breezing through Yom Kippur with little to no fears.

Ultimately, Hashem wants happy Jews. He has no tolerance for grumpy, unforgiving, depressed and selfish individuals. This Rosh Hashana we have proven that none of us fall into these categories. Hashem reflects back to us that which we present to him.

I for one feel safer and better here this year, among ALL of my congregants, than I have felt in many other locations in many years past. 

From Rifka and myself, please accept this Bracha for a G'mar Chasimah Tovah, love and peace in the Shul, in our extended families and of course to all of our holy brothers and sisters throughout the world and especially in Eretz Yisroel.

Have an easy fast.

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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