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Torah MiTzion wishes good luck to our new shlichim
and welcome back to our returning shlichim!

Ki Tetze |  14 Elul 5775  |  August 29th, 2015  |  Issue 615

   David Prichen 

Former Shaliach in Chicago (2008-2010)

Vows of the Heart

כב) כי תדר נדר לה' אלוהיך לא תאחר לשלמו כי דרש ידרשנו ה' אלוהיך מעמך והיה בך חטא
כג) וכי תחדל לנדר לא יהיה בך חטא
כד) מוצא שפתיך תשמר ועשית כאשר נדרת לה' אלוהיך נדבה אשר דברת בפיך
Reading the above psukim, one gets the feeling that the Torah is not comfortable with the idea of vows, not to mention encouraging it. It seems, that when the torah says that not vowing is not a sin, it actually means, that it is the preferable way. The general feeling gets strengthen when we read the following psukim from Kohelet:
ג) כאשר תדר נדר לאלוהים אל-תאחר לשלמו כי אין חפץ בכסילים את אשר-תדר שלם
ד) טוב אשר לא-תדר משתדור ולא תשלם
In Kohelet it is far more explicit – it is better not to vow, then vowing without fulfilling it. Since not vowing is not a sin, but vowing without fulfilling it is, we should conclude the risk is not worthy. In fact, this seems the Gemara’s conclusion:
דתני רב דימי אחוה דרב ספרא: כל הנודר, אף על פי שהוא מקיימו - נקרא חוטא, אמר רב זביד: מאי קרא? וכי תחדל לנדור לא יהיה בך חטא, הא לא חדלת - איכא חטא. (תלמוד בבלי מסכת נדרים דף עז עמוד ב)
Rav Dimi’s conclusion goes further. Even when the vow is being fulfilled, it is still considered a sin. The rational for such statement could be that you should not have taken the risk of not fulfilling it in the first place. The Shulchan Aruch quotes Rav Dimi’s statement, adding that a person who vows is considered רשע.
Given this introduction, it is quite surprising to stumble upon the following Gmara:
מנין שנשבעין לקיים את המצוה? שנאמר: נשבעתי ואקיימה לשמור משפטי צדקך. והלא מושבע ועומד מהר סיני הוא! אלא הא קמ"ל, דשרי ליה לאיניש לזרוזי נפשיה. (תלמוד בבלי מסכת נדרים דף ח עמוד א)

The Gmara says that one can vow to fulfill a mitzvah. Later on the Gmara even praises such a vow saying that it is a נדר גדול לא-לוהי ישראל. It is unclear from the Gmara whether such a vow can even apply, since we were already vowed to fulfill the mitzvot back in Har Sinai, and this later vow doesn’t add anything to this ancient vow. According to Ramban whose puskin that such a vow does not apply, the Gmara gets very hard to understand – if such a vow in fact does not apply, why does the Gemara praises such a vow? What is the meaning of such an act that doesn’t have any Halachic implications?

R Tzadok in צדקת הצדיק explains the deep meaning of making a vow to fulfill a mitzvah, even if it doesn’t apply. When a person does not fulfill a required mitzvah, or even more so, commit a sin, it is because of forgetfulness. Indeed, sometime he does remember it in his mind, but the problem is the forgetfulness of the heart. When we remember in our hearts that Hashem commanded us to do something, it is impossible not to do so. By making a vow, says R Tzadok, we internalize the mitzvah deep into our hearts. It takes the factual knowledge from the mind, and sinks in the heart.
Such a vow is considered as a נדר גדול לא-לוהי ישראל.
Around The World
Seeing off our shlichim in Ben Gurion Airport!
  Yonatan Hillel and Amit Turgeman                       Three Bachurim en route to Montreal:
         with their families before                                          Eran Zuchman, Yehoshua Diller
             taking off  to Mexico                                                              and Zevi Pizler. 
Joining the mishlachot already on the ground - 
Yochai Ukashy will be joining                                         Alon Nemtzov will be complement
    the shlichim in Montreal                                                       the Kollel in Washington

Returning Shlichim Sharing their Experience

Alon Saperia just got back from an inspirational year as a bachur in Torah Mitzion of Greater Washington. Here's a short piece he wrote reflecting on his year...

In a few hours I'll be on the plane on my way home after the most meaningful year of my life.

How can I summarize this year?
It was such an intense year that has changed me and turned me into a different person. 

I've been through so many things - I learned a lot, travelled all around the states and saw amazing places, worked, taught, had great times, and the most important thing was meeting amazing people throughout the year who became my family:

  • The unbelievable people of the "Berman Hebrew Academy" community that gave me a lesson about hospitality.
  • The community was my home for this past year and hopefully for many years to come.
  • - Camp Lavi, where I spent one of the best summers of my life and met amazing people that made this summer so much fun.

I'll never forget this year, and it's only the beginning of new friendships.. 

Thank you all for making this year so amazing and unforgettable.


     Arik Speaker                                   In cooperation with:

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

Heichal Hatarbut (The Culture Palace) in Tel Aviv is the main concert hall of the city. It is situated on Habima Square near the National Theater.
The hall was inaugurated in 1957 and renovated in 2013. It now holds over 2,300 seats and is one of the largest concert halls in the country.

The hall is also home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years many leading philharmonic orchestras from all over the world also appeared there.

The orchestra was founded by the violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who brought to Israel many Jewish musicians from Nazi Germany, who were some of the best musicians in the orchestras of Europe and were expelled from their positions by the Nazis.
Since its conception until today, the Israel Philharmonic was considered one of the best in the world, and frequently preform in many cities abroad. 
The current musical director, Zubin Mehta, of Indian descent, led many of the world's leading orchestras before his arrival to Israel in 1961. He has been named the orchestra's musical director for lifetime.

The hall itself is named after the Jewish-Canadian philanthropist Charles Bronfman, who is also one of the world's richest people. He is one of the founders and key contributors of the Taglit-Birthright program. The Bronfman family made their fortune in the alcohol businesses since the 1950's. So much so, that the Yiddish expression for drinking is "Bronfen".


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