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Delray Orthodox Synagogue

DELRAY ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE
"A Jewel of a Shul"
7319 W. ATLANTIC AVENUE
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA 33446
561-499-0970

RABBI MENACHEM JAROSLAWICZ
HARRY LAZARUS, PRESIDENT

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 Rabbi's message: 

 

How time flies.

This is the last Shabbos before the 'New Year 5775' begins on Wednesday night, Im Yirtzah Hashem. If we HURRY, than we still have a few days left in order to get started on LAST YEAR'S New Year's resolutions.

The Passuk in this week's Parshas Nitzavim/VaYelech says the following.

"Re'aye-- Nasati Lefanehcha Hayom Es Ha'Chaim Ve'es Hamaves...."

"See! I have placed before you today, 'life and good', and 'death and evil', that which I command you today, to love Hashem, your G-d, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His ordinances; and you will live and you will multiply, and Hashem, your G-d, will bless you in the land to which you come, to take possession of it, (Devarim 30:15)."

The Klei Yakar asks. The beginning of this Passuk has two words that seem to be in the wrong order. It says, "I have placed before you today, 'life and good'. The word 'good', should really be before the word 'life'. Doing 'good' is what earns us the merits to continue living in the first place, is it not?

‚ÄčThere was once a Rebba that told one of his disciples that the biggest difference between the two of them was that; The student makes a Bracha in order to eat an apple, while the Rebba eats an apple in order to make a Bracha.

The Klei Yakar answers us that the reversal of these two words is indeed intentional, in order to teach us a valuable lesson. A person's mindset when he does a Mitzvah should NOT be that, "I am doing a good deed in order to get merit and live longer." Our mindset needs to be, "Hashem, please help me to live longer so that I can do more good deeds."

Our Rabbis teach us that on the first night of Rosh Hashanah all the truly righteous people get immediately inscribed in the Book of Life, while all the truly evil people get immediately inscribed in the opposite book. Everyone else in between has the 10 days of Teshuvah through Yom Kippur to have his/her fate determined. If we modify our way of thinking to where we truly want to live in order to do good for others, and we actualize that thought and really DO good for others, then surely Hashem will grant us the benefit of the doubt in all issues and immediately inscribe us for a year of life filled with health, wealth, and the ability to really 'Do Good' for others.

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.

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.

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