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Delray Orthodox Synagogue

"A Jewel of a Shul"



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New Torah Dedication

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 on the dedication of our new Torah by Joe

and Judy Kaufer:

Torah Dedication

 Rabbi's message: 


Parshas Chukas begins by introducing one of the most commonly-discussed and least-understood subject matters in the entire Torah, the “Parah Adumah”; the Red Heifer.

The passuk says:

“And you should take to yourself a Red Heifer, ‘Temimah’ (whole, complete, pure), that has no blemish and that has never carried a yoke.”

The Halacha is that as few as “two black hairs” are enough to disqualify the young heifer from use in the purification procedure. Just “two black hairs” on the ENTIRE animal no longer allow it to be categorized as “Temimah,” as “whole, complete, or pure”!

This past Shabbos, I attended a Sheva Brachos in Far Rockaway, NY. Jewish geography being what it is, I was not surprised when the couple sitting next to my wife and me, whom we did not know, turned out to be the brother of a friend with whom we have spent the past 6 summers. In a conversation in which he discussed some attribute of his recently-deceased father, he said:

“My father NEVER missed davening with a Minyan!” He then added. “Rabbi, you do understand that the difference between NEVER and SOMETIMES is only “ONE”!

Wow! The fact that his father never missed Minyan was powerful enough. The real shock was the realization that the difference between “Never” and “Sometimes” is only “ONE.”

How many times in our lives do we say, “I would NEVER do this!” or “I would NEVER do that”! Do we really mean, “NEVER”? It takes only “ONE” act to change that NEVER into a SOMETIMES.

By the Parah Adumah, Halacha requires “TWO” black hairs for us to consider the heifer to no longer be “TEMIMAH.”

In the Torah we find the word “TAMIM” in a different context as well.

“TAMIM TIHIYEH IM HASHEM ELOKECHA!”, [You should be WHOLE with Hashem your G-d].

However, there is a MAJOR difference between the aspect of TAMIM when used with a Parah Adumah, and the TAMIM used to define the commandment of being WHOLE with Hashem.

A Parah Adumah does not lose its status of being WHOLE until it has TWO black hairs. Our relationship with Hashem can be shattered “K’chut Hasa’arah” -- with even a SINGLE STRAND being out of place.

The difference between “Never” and “Sometimes” is only “ONE.”

Summertime tends to lend itself to all types of leniencies that we might not otherwise allow ourselves. Davening with Minyan during the week seems to be the one observance that suffers the most as a result of the warm weather. Perhaps this is a perfect opportunity for us to focus more of our attention and sensitivities towards the needs of the community -- and to help make sure that the Shul and our people saying Kaddish ALWAYS have Minyan.


The difference between “Never” and “Sometimes” is only “ONE.”


Have a Great 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 surrounding the Oriole shopping center.


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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