Shabbos in the Parashah
In this week’s parashah it is said (Breishis 25:25-26) vayeitzei harishon admoni kulo kiaderes seiar vayikriu shemo Esav veacharei chein yazta achiv viyado ochezes baakeiv Esav vayikra shemo Yaakov viYitzchak ben shishim shanah biledes osam, the first one emerged red, entirely like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esav. After that his brother emerged with his hand grasping on to the heel of Esav; so he called his name Yaakov; Yitzchak was sixty years old when she bore them. There are a number of difficulties with these verses. First, why does the Torah describe Esav’s complexion whereas regarding Yaakov the Torah merely states that he was grasping on to his brother’s heel? Second, what is the significance of the fact that Yitzchak was sixty years old when she bore them? Rashi writes that this teaches us the chronology of events that led up to Yitzchak feeling the need to pray on Rivkah’s behalf. Yet, it would seem that this detail should have been mentioned prior to the birth of Yaakov and Esav and not after. The answer to these questions is that the Torah is teaching us a very profound lesson that truly defines the difference between Yaakov and Esav and thus offers us a perspective on how we should conduct ourselves in our daily lives. We find that the number sixty is a sign of strength, as it is said (Shir HaShirim 3:7) hinei mitaso sheliShlomo shishim giborim saviv lah, behold the resting place of Him to Whom peace belongs, with sixty myriads of
Shabbos in the Zemiros
Ribbon kol HaOlamim
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Melech oseh maasei vireishis, King Who sustains the world of creation. This statement is worth examining, as it would appear that we are declaring that HaShem created the world. Yet, the term oseh, in the present tense, connotes the idea that HaShem is constantly recreating the world. This thought should inspire us to avoid complacency and we should constantly strive to create new worlds through Torah study, mitzvah observance and good deeds.
Shabbos in Tefillah
Hakol yoducha vihakol yishabchucha vihakol yomru ain kadosh kaHaShem, all will thank You and all will praise You-and all will declare: ‘Nothing is as holy as HaShem!’ One must wonder why we are constantly declaring that there is none like HaShem. HaShem is the source of our very existence, so is it not obvious that there is no one like HaShem? Rav Dessler in Michtav MeiEliyahu writes that an arrogant person wishes to depose HaShem from His Heavenly Throne and set himself on it. Thus, it is highly probable that one can come to think, heaven forbid, that there is one like HaShem. The Rambam (Hilchos Deios 2:3) writes that one should completely distance himself from any form of arrogance. In order to ensure that one will never enter the realm of arrogance, he must constantly declare that there is nothing as Holy, Exalted, and Magnificent as HaShem.
Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin, the son of the great sage, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, used to appear before the great rulers of
Shabbos in Navi
Yehoshua Chapter 10
In this chapter the Navi describes how Adoni-tzedek, king of
The Gemara (Shabbos 118b) states that whoever observes the Shabbos according to its law, even if he worships idols like the generation of Enosh, he is forgiven. This idea is derived from the verse that states (Yeshaya 56:2) ashrei enosh yaaseh zos…kol shomer Shabbos meichalelo happy is the man (enosh) who does this etc. who safeguards the Shabbos from desecrating it (meichalelo). Do not pronounce it meichalelo, but rather, machul lo, it is forgiven him. It is said that the word machul, besides meaning forgiven, can also be read as machol, a circle. How can one ensure that he observes the Shabbos properly? This can only be done by studying with others the laws of Shabbos, and by delighting in the Shabbos with family and fiends. One cannot assume that by staying in his room all day alone he has fulfilled Shabbos observance properly. One must join hands in a circle, with love for every Jew, and then all the Jewish People will merit having their sins forgiven.
Shabbos in Halacha
One can pour a large quantity of cold water into a small amount of hot water in a kli rishon that has been removed from the fire, provided that the mixture will not be yad soledes bo. This is only permitted, however, if the cold water is added all at once.
It is said regarding Shabbos (Shemos 31:16) beini uvein bnei Yisroel os hi liolam, between Me and the Children of Israel it is a sign forever. The word os in at bash spells the letters taf,
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Toldos 5768
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Marc Herschfus and family, and Brian Herschfus and family, in loving memory of
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I will iy”h (G-d willing) begin delivering a class in Navi (Prophets) starting this Friday night at my home on 26100 Marlowe Place in Oak Park.
We will resume Sefer Shmuel, the first Perek.
The class will be 8:30-9:15 and there will be Oneg Shabbos
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