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Parshat Behaalotecha


5760 A well-dressed middle-aged couple knocked and entered Rabbi Shvartz’s office. He immediately recognized them; they were the parents of one of his pupils. Rabbi Chiam Tzvi Shvartz was the head and founder of a very successful Jewish school in Brazil with several hundred young pupils (most of them from non-religious families).
5761 Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki), the most basic and famous of Torah explainers, tells us that in this week’s section (9:1) G-d advertises the shame of the Jewish people; The "Passover Offering", (the most important of all sacrifices, made yearly after they entered Israel) was sacrificed ONLY ONCE in the entire forty years the Jews wandered in the desert!!!
5762 Among other things, this week's section gives details about the commandment of "Pesach Sheni." Pesach Sheni is the only time-bound commandment that you can "make up". If one doesn't, for example, put on Tefillin or say the Shma or sit in a Succa in the proper time, the spiritual "blessings" which were to be drawn down by those "Mitzvot" are lost forever. But if one was "far away or unclean" and couldn't make his Pesach Sacrifice, he could make it up a month later on Pesach Sheni.
5763 This week's section begins with G-d telling Aaron that when he lights the Menorah in the Tabernacle the wicks are to be pointing inward so no one will say its purpose is to give light! (see end of Rashi 8:2). This is, at first glance, very strange. What is so bad about it giving light? Isn't that the purpose of a Menorah?
5764 This week's section begins with the commandment to light the Menorah; the seven branched oil lamp that stood on the floor just outside of the inner sanctum of the Holy Temple. The Torah is eternal. And the Baal Shem Tov, who began Chassidic Judaism some 300 years ago, taught that every word and certainly every idea in the Torah is meaningful to each of us in all time.
5765 This section begins with the commandment of lighting the Menora. Rashi comments (8:2) that when Moses' brother, Aaron the High Priest, felt bad because G-d did not ask him to bring an offering for the Tabernacle like the other heads of the tribes (Num. 7:1-83), G-d consoled him: "Don't worry, you get to light the Menora, which is even greater!" And to this very day the Menora is undoubtedly the best known vessel in the Holy Temple.
5766 This week's section features the embarrassing and detailed story of how the Jews complained about the Manna in the desert. After G-d took them from Egypt, split the sea for them, decimated their enemies, gave them water from a rock and bread from Heaven, and even protected them with clouds guarding them in all directions . . . all they could do was complain.
5767 This week features a statement traditionally said in Synagogues all over the world each time the Torah scroll is taken from the ark to be read publicly. "And it was when the ark (containing the Tablets) traveled (in the desert) that Moses said, 'Rise up, G-d, and scatter Your enemies, and those who hate You will flee before You'." (10:35)
5768 This week we find the only statement in the Torah describing Moses' personality. "The man Moses was more humble than anyone on the face of the earth" (12:3)
5769 This week's Torah reading begins with the commandment of lighting the Menorah in the Temple. The Chassidic Rabbis point out that every detail of the Torah is eternal, alive and vital and, although we haven't had a Holy Temple or a Menorah for almost 2,000 years, nevertheless every Jew, is a Holy Temple in all its details; especially the Menorah.
5770 This week's Torah portion begins with G-d telling Moshe about how Aaron should light the 'Menora' in the Holy Temple.
5771 This week's Torah portion contains the sentence that we say in Synagogue every time we take out the 'Torah' to read it publicly (which has been going on four times a week since it was given over 3,300 years ago).
5772 Tomorrow Jews all over the world will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot when we received the Torah at Sinai 3326 years ago.
5773 In this week’s Torah portion is found a strange sentence: “And it was when the Holy Ark (containing the Torah) traveled, Moses would say: Rise up G-d, disperse Your enemies and may those who hate You flee before You” (10: 35).
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