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This week’s Parsha, Parshas Noach, begins by seemingly telling us the stature, righteousness and high moral standards of Noach. “Noach, a righteous man, whole, in his generation.” Apparently, a spiritual icon in his generation. And, yet, Rashi tells us that there are those who chose to interpret his description, "l’genai," as a negative aspect of his character. Rather than being complimentary, the Pasuk is saying: "Sure, in HIS generation he might have been seen as a great man. However, had he lived in the time of our father Abraham, he would have been totally insignificant."


I don't get it. Why would anyone say that? The Torah itself tells us "VeNoach Matzah Chein B'einai Hashem," and Noach found favor in the eyes of Hashem. And, at the beginning of this week’s Parsha, the Torah refers to Noach as a, "Tzadik; Tamim," (a "Complete & Righteous" person). If it is possible to view him in good favor, why should anyone interpret the situation negatively?


Rabbi Yechezkail from Kumar explained this problem as follows. He says, "Do you want to know how to determine if a person is a true Tzadik, Righteous and Complete? The telltale barometer is if there are those who speak of him with negativity. If EVERYBODY only has nice things to say about the individual, that is a sign that he tends to lie, and compromise himself and his beliefs to achieve positive accolades."


While a Rov or a leader has a responsibility to maintain “Sholom” amongst his congregants, it is impossible to satisfy everybody 100% of the time. It just can't be done. There are bound to be times where one or more persons will disagree with or take issue with a P’sak (Halachic ruling), a decision, or a position taken by the Rabbi on behalf of the Shul. It's a way of life, it's a part of life, and it is to be expected. It is not a question of "IF"; it’s  a question of "WHEN." And, of course, those who disagree are entitled to their opinion as is anyone else. What and how they choose to act on their disagreement will in turn determine THEIR character and show THEIR true colors. We have all been there. You win some, you lose some. That's just the way it is.


This invaluable LIFE LESSON is taught to us thousands of years ago by the Torah, Rashi, and the other commentators.


In light of what we just said, it gives me tremendous pride and joy to thank all of our members who were here for the most amazing Yom Tov that we enjoyed together. NO fights, NO arguments, NO badmouthing or complaining. A true SIMCHADIK Yom Tov experience -- the likes of which will be remembered for a long time to come.


G-d willing, we generated enough Avodah and Simcha to guard ALL of us from any pains, harm and discomforts encroaching upon us in the coming year. May we ALL merit to sing and dance together this year in Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh, together with all of our fellow Jewish brothers and sisters, while greeting the Moshiach upon his arrival in 5775, Amen.


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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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.

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