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Haazinu - Sukkot |  13-23 Tishrei 5776  |  September 26th - October 6th, 2015  |  Issue 619

Condolences to Rabbi Moshe Aberman
(former Rosh Kollel, Torani Advisor and Head of Tchanim Department)
on the passing of his father, Rabbi Rueven Aberman 

   Dani Eisenstock 


Former Shaliach, Kansas City (2002-03)
Currently works in Sales and Marketing Travel Insurance in Israel 

Hakhel, Shmita and Baseball
 

Once every seven years we have a very special Mitzvah- Hakhel. The Torah commands that at the end of the Shmita Year, on Succot when you all gather together in Yerushalayim, men, women and children should all come and listen to the words of the Torah.
The question arises -  if the children aren't able to learn or understand why should they be there? The Gemara says: “to give a reward to the people who brought them”.  Also – why is this commandment given after a year of Shmita- a year where the land rests and isn't worked? A year when we get to eat from the holiness of the land and thank Hashem for the beautiful fruits he gives us? What is the connection to Hakhel?

There are many analogies made between trees and people, and fruit and children. When a tree is healthy, and is rooted in the right place, with the right light and water, then the fruits that come from the tree will also be beautiful and plentiful.

Rabbi Yehuda Halvey in Sefer Hakuzari says that the right land for the Jewish people is the land of Israel, and the 'rain' that we need to grow is the Torah and Mitzvot. When we are deeply rooted in our land we have the opportunity to produce the best fruit. If so, how can we possibly take a break from working the land for a whole year? How will the land (and we) continue to bear good fruit even without the important work of watering, planting, harvesting etc?
The Holiday of Succot, more than any other Holiday, represents the unity of Am Yisrael. We take the four species - Lulav, Etrog, Hadas and Arava which represent the four different types of Jews we can find in the world. The Arava represent the simplest of all Jews – the willow has no smell and no taste, representing those without Torah learning or good deeds. But without the Arava in our hands we can’t fulfill the commandment of the four species.
The message is clear - the Jewish nation needs all parts of it to survive. Every single Jew has his unique role in the world. Only when we are all together do we truly reach our full potential. During the year of Shmita we rested from working the land. We learnt that our success is not truly in our hands. It’s not only about the way I know how to do things or how hard I work. We realize that each part of the nation completes their unique role in the world only when we are all working together. Only by resting the land, by stopping our usual rhythm and slowing our pace, can we possibly listen to others and realize the beauty of someone else.

The Torah says that you get a reward for bringing the children to Hakhel - Also the children need to recognize and give thanks to those who brought them to where we are.
There is a very important and fundamental connection between the Jews living in Israel and the Jews living in Chutz Laaretz. The connection is exemplified in the Torah MiTzion Kollels spread out through the world. 13 years ago I had the most amazing experience being part of the Kansas City Community Kollel. When I left Israel, I was sure I was going to teach the Jews living in the Diaspora. Throughout the year, in addition to teaching, I was able to receive so much from this amazing community! Lessons in hospitality, life experiences and how to truly care for the land of Israel and the people of Israel. Even if physically the distance was far, the connection through the open hearts was always close.

This past summer, I went back to Kansas City. The kids I learned with are now leaders in the same community. As we sat together at a baseball game, cheering for the Royals - who wear the colors Blue and White - I thought of the connection between the field (Eretz Yisrael), the players (Jews in Israel) and the fans supporting the local team. Just as the fans need a team to support, so too the team can’t exist without the support of the fans who wear the team colors with pride.

It is said that in the future all of Israel will sit together in one Succah - Ultimately, all parts of Am Yisrael are connected and will always be. We can’t exist without the other.

After we have been cleansed from all hatred and sin on Yom Kippur we can truly be together in Yerushalayim.
May this be the year when we see the true rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash.

Chag Sameach!

Around The World
Kollel Torah MiTzion Montreal wishing everyone a Shana Tova U'Metuka! 
 Torah MiTzion Mexico City had a Rosh Hashana activity on Independence day in Mexico
Over 450 guests attended the Chazanut Concert in memory of Moshe Grinbaum at Hubert Burda Hall in Munich
Melave Malka held by Torah MiTzion Capetown in Claremont on Motzei Shabbat 
ISRAtag

     Arik Speaker                                   In cooperation with:


'Lilmod' Coordinator and Head of  European Desk in Torah MiTzion

The Jerusalem College of Technology, better known by the name of Machon Lev, is an academic-religious college. The college integrates technology and Jewish studies, which are held separately for men and women.
 
The curriculum at the Institute requires all students to take part in some form of Jewish studies that usually take place in the morning, and the academic studies in the afternoon.
 
The college's offers mainly degrees in the technological fields, such as elctro-optics and computer sciences but also accounting and business management.
 
The college absorbed many immigrant, especially from the former Soviet Union, France and Ethiopia. It does so by integrating students and teachers from these countries, creating special programs and preparatory courses tailored to their needs.
 
One of the unique characteristics of the Institute is that it approaches the religious-Zionist and ultra-Orthodox alike; On the one hand many of the rabbis that teach at the Beit Midrash are graduates from the Hesder Yeshivot, including the college's current rabbi, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon. On the other hand the center maintains special Haredi campuses, to help promote their higher education and integration into the labor market.

One of the founders of the institute was Prof. Zeev Lev, an Austrian born physicist, who won the Israeli Prize for science. Among other things, he was part of the development team of the MRI and of the microwave.
 

 

Yasher Koach to 

David Eisen
 
for providing the
correct answer

                                                                                Where was this photo taken?

Please send answers to -
 arik@torahmitzion.org


The answer, further information
about this location as well as the
  name of the  first person to recognize this site will be published in next week‘s edition. 

 

 

Torah MiTzion was established in 1995 with the goal of strengthening Jewish communities around the globe and infusing them with the love for Torah,
the Jewish People and the State of Israel. 

Over the past twenty years Torah MiTzion's shlichim have inspired
and enriched their host communities through a wide range of
high impact formal and informal

educational programs. 

 
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