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Noach |  4 Cheshvan 5776  |  October 17th, 2015  |  Issue 621

Dedicated in memory of Rivka Miriam Novoseller z"l
 

   Rav Herzl Hefter


Former Rosh Kollel of the first Torah MiTzion Kollel in Cleveland (1995-7)
Currently Rosh Beit Midrash Har'el 

'The Great Tower of Babel: Is language a manipulative tool or an instrument of social cohesion?
 
God punishes the hubris of humanity by confounding their language and dispersing them to the corners of the Earth. This story calls our attention to the function of communication in the building of human civilization.
 
“And the land was of one language (שפה)…”
 
There are two possible words for language: safa –  lip, and  tongue, lashon. What is the difference between them, and why does the Torah choose the term שפה (lip) over the term לשון (tongue)? The Mei HaShiloach offers an explanation based upon the anatomical differences between the tongue and the lips; the tongue is internal, while the lips are external.
 
When someone expresses themselves unauthentically, in a way which the words do not reflect their inner thoughts and reality, we say in Hebrew that that person is speaking “מן השפה ולחוץ”, from the lips outward. When we speak with truth, our hearts and tongues are aligned and words which emerge from the heart enter the heart. The Zohar has a beautiful expression which captures this: “The tongue is the quill of the heart.”
 
In the first instance, language – safa – is used in a utilitarian way, to communicate in order to manipulate others to do my bidding. In the second instance language, tongue, is the way human hearts touch each other. On the dimension of civilization, it is the glue of true common purpose and social cohesion.
 
The civilization which attempted to build the great tower in Babylon displayed social cohesion and common purpose. But this was an illusion, only from the lips outward; in English we would say “only skin deep”. In truth, the common language was used to control and manipulate without true regard for the Other.
 
The challenge we face both in our personal relationships and in society building (especially in an increasingly technologically oriented society) is to use language meaningfully and earnestly, in a way that binds hearts and minds together for greater purpose.
Kennes Shlichim Chozrim 5775
 
On Isru Chag Sukkot all of our returning Shlichim joined us for our annual Kennes Shlichim Chozrim. It was an opportunity to thank them and show our deep appreciation to them, as well as wish them luck upon their return to Israel. 

The shlichim served in 11 locations worldwide, from Montreal, Canada to Montevideo, Uruguay. They shared many significant experiences and stories; Geva Frenkel (Cape Town) told how he is still keeping in touch with teens and how he already met those who are currently visiting Israel. From Gitit Rechavi (Munich) we heard of a young man who grew up in Germany with nearly no Jewish identity, and is now, thanks to the shlichim, learning in a pre-army mechina in in Israel. And of course we celebrated with Moshe Sigel (Sydney), who just got engaged to a local girl, Liora, who is now making Aliyah!
  
Ori Hachohen (Munich) spoke on behalf of the shlichim. He shared with us how he returned with a much stronger internalization of "Ve'ahavta Lereacha Kamocha", and that he now feels a deeper connection to his people and to The State of Israel.

We were honored to host Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman, Head of the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora, in the WZO, who shared divrei bracha with the Shlichim. 

This year, we chose to express our gratitude to Yakov Gehasi, who has been Torah MiTzion's accountant for the past twenty years. Yaakov and his wife, Orit, were presented with a gift in honor of their years of dedicated service to Torah MiTzion.
Around The World
Shlichim from Melbourne celebrated at the Kotel with Yaakov, who came to Israel for his Bar Mitzvah
Kollel Montreal held a Shiur by Rabbi Reuben Poupko and a learning night in memory of recent terror victims 
 Sukah building in Torah MiTzion St. Louis 
 Torah MiTzion Memphis attended a Maccabi Haifa Basketball game
ISRAtag

     Arik Speaker                                   In cooperation with:


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

The Emek Ha'ella satellite station is a satellite relay station located in the Valley of Elah. 

Initially, the station served Bezeq, Israel's first telecommunications company, to deliver television and telephone signals. The need to do so by satellite communications instead of land communication lines and submarine cables was the result of technical difficulties and of the political isolation of Israel in the Middle East that prevented overland communication lines connecting its neighbours.

The Ela Valley area was chosen because of its location, which doesn't have many clouds and precipitation that may interfere with reception.

Over the years, after the country succeeded in installing submarine communication cables and set up other stations, the station lost its importance and so it was decided to sell the station to RRsat, which developed and expanded the site so that it now includes some 120 satellite dishes of different sizes and at different angles. It now serves as a satellite broadcast intersection that serves broadcasters from around the world. The geographical centrality of Israel, between Europe, Africa and Asia is the reason of the global importance of this station.

The Ellah Valley has always been of geographic and strategic importance because it links the coastal area to the hills of Judea. It is there that the famous battle between David and Goliath took place.

 
 

Yasher Koach to 

Tuvia Cannon
 
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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