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Beha'alotcha | 19 Sivan 5782 | June 18th, 2022 | Issue 949

 
This edition is dedicated
in loving memory of

Miriam Rivka bat Chaim z"l 
Mordechai Yosef ben Yitzchak David Friedland z"l
Menashe z"l ben Mordechai Yosef z"l and Miriam Friedland
Russell Unterslak z"l

Our condolences to Ohad Libi (Cape Town, 1998-99) and his wife, Sarah, on the passing of her father, Ivor (Yitzchak) Shneider (Cape Town) z"l
For the Refuah Sheleimah of
Ruth bat Esther

Mazal Tov to Gabi and Stephen Markowitz (Amuta member and organizational consultant of Torah Mitzion) on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Hallel
Mazal Tov to Shira Sohn (Bat Sherut in Torah MiTzion, 2015-16)
on her engagement to Noam Kaplansky
Mazal Tov to Rabbi Ori and Toby Einhorn (Cape Town, 1995-96 and 2001-04)
on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Morasha
What is in this week's Sabbat MiTzion?
Dedicated in memory of Yaakov ben Avraham and Sarah Aharonov z"l
Dvar Torah - Beha'alotcha / Shlach




Rabbi Menachem Schrader
Founding Director of OU-JLIC


Click here for the PDF version
Click here for the dvar torah on Shlach
 
The mitzvah of the Pesach sacrifice is unique in many ways. But the most powerful expression of its special position in Jewish life is the obligation of Pesach Sheni. The opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of bringing the Pesach the following month if one misses it on the proper date is unique in the Mitzvot of the Torah. Should one miss fasting on Yom Kippur, legitimately or not, there is no way of making up for it. Should one not hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, there is no make up date. Should one miss living in the Sukkah on Sukkot, there is no date to compensate for that omission. Even regarding the rabbinic holidays, Chanukah and Purim, where one might have thought Chazal might have designed a make up date for those who missed out, fulfillment is required on the day itself, and cannot be delayed.
The Mitzvah of Pesach sheni pushes us to see the fulfillment of the Korban Pesach as having far greater importance than we might otherwise have thought. Missing it is not merely a lack of fulfillment. A further indication of its disproportionate importance is that it is one of only two positive commandments that if not observed carries the punishment of "Karet", being cut off from the Jewish people.
G-d identifies Himself to the Jewish people at the beginning of the 10 Commandments as " I am the Lord your G-d who took you out of the land Egypt, from the house of slavery." As is pointed out by the Kuzari, G-d's identification to us as our redeemer rather than as Creator of the universe is essential to our belief in G-d. A belief in G-d disconnected to His being our redeemer and saviour, removes G-d from the realm of our history and lives, and leaves Him in the realm of the philosophical. The primary expression realizing G-d as our redeemer comes from the continual emphasis on the Exodus. And of course, the primary reminder of the Exodus throughout Jewish history has been the Seder, when the story of the Exodus is retold and relived by once again sacrificing the Pesach, as we did in Egypt. Missing out on this mitzvah is not merely a lost mitzvah opportunity. It is to miss out on the reliving of the central experience of Pesach at the time of the Tabernacle and the Temple. While today we fulfill Pesach to the best of our ability by eating the Matzah and Maror, putting commemorations of the Pesach and Chagigah on the Seder plate, and telling the story, at the time of the exodus to miss out on the Pesach itself was to miss the centerpiece of the evening.
For those who due to impurity could not participate, the problem was not merely cognitive or experiential. Missing out on the Pesach meant being cut out of the national commemoration of the Exodus.The Karet which stood as a punishment for those who on their whim did not participate was the punitive expression of what they had wrought upon themselves; cutting themselves off from the Jewish people. Participating in the Pesach was basic to being part of the Jewish nation.
It is no wonder that participation in the Pesach Seder today is the most widely kept Jewish ritual. It harks back to the essential identification as a Jew.

comments:
menachemschrader@gmail.com

 
For more Divrei Torah on the parsha click here
'One Who Loves Tanach'

A short Dvar Torah for Parashat Beha'alotcha (5 min)
Education, Nostalgia and Other Vegetables

A short Dvar Torah for Parashat Sh'lach (5 min)
A Good Name

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Beha'alotcha
Sh'lach
What's New in Israel?
As part of our Shlichim training, we ran a Shabbaton in the community of Sheinfeld, Beit Shemesh. In the local shuls, 'Netzach Menashe' (who's Rabbi is former Rosh Kollel of Melbourne, Rabbi Yoni and Ilana Rosensweig), 'Beit Midrash Torani Leumi' (who's Rabbi is former Rosh Kollel of Cleveland, Rabbi Chagai and Ayala Raviv) and Ohel Yona Menachem. The Shlichim were able to experience the idea of a 'Community', to get to know and be hosted by families of Olim, and learn more about the world of Shlichut.
This week was the Bat Mitzvah of the daughter of Rabbi Ori and Toby Einhorn (Rosh Kollel in Cape Town, 1996-97 and 2001-04). Celebrating with them, were our bogrim, Eliyav Oschry, Shia Brauner, and Daniel Freidman
 
Recruiting visit to a home in the Yishuv of Tfachot for students of Yeshivat Tfachot
Meeting with Howard and Eileen Spielman, grandparents of our Bat Sherut, Ayelet Spielman, to discuss potential, initial ideas for starting a Kollel in Sharon, Massachusetts in the United States
Making an Impact
Hundreds of Chavrutot, tens of classes and events and many staff meetings until the late hours of night. The last staff meeting before the Shlichim in Memphis leave to return to Israel.
Celebrating a Siyum of Masechet Midot with some pizza and ice cream in the 5th grade in Washington
Shmita Q&A
Sivan Shemitah Updates🌾
💡 Monthly Scoop: Many people want to protect their fruits that began to grow. The posekim dispute whether it is permissible to engage in activities in order to protect fruit. ( ukmei peira).
While those who are lenient cause more shemitah fruit to grow on the tree, and are essentially stringent with preventing hefsed. 
✋ On the other hand, someone who is stringent and fails to protect the fruit brings about a situation in which there are barely any edible fruit. In this way, he is lenient in "the produce of the Sabbatical year is for you to eat." 
👐🏻 Thus, he forfeits the mitzvah of eating shemitah produce 
🗑️ Also, he causes shemitah produce to go to waste.  
Note: this is not direct hefsed, since one is not actively causing the fruit to spoil, so it is permitted - the question is if this is best. 
In our opinion this is a stringency that brings about a leniency, and should be avoided.
Our ruling is, that even in private gardens one may be lenient and protect fruit:
🐞 Best option: Protection against pests is best when there is no contact with the tree, such as putting out traps or applying biological pesticide. 
These solutions can help with fruit flies and other pests. 
🥅 When these solutions are not feasible, it is possible to spread netting on the tree or spray the fruit.
🍬 The last choice is wrapping each fruit.
Our friend Benjy Singer has a very useful website, www.israelb.org,
which contains accurate and fresh information of what's going on in the Religious Anglo Community in Israel.
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