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5760 Once Rabbi Mendel Futerfass (a famous Chasid Chabad) saw one of his friends coming out of the ‘Shamos’ bin (the room where scraps of holy books are kept because it is forbidden to throw them away) with a handful of torn pages.
5761 Shavuos is the most important of all the Jewish Holidays. It celebrates the Giving of the Torah. Without the Torah, not only would we not know any of the Holidays or the Commandments, but by now there probably would be no Jewish people (G-d forbid).
5762 Most of the eighteen commandments in this week's section are only minimally practical nowadays such as "Sota" and "Nazir". But one of them is very important and real; the commandment of Repentance.
5763 (Due to one day of Shavuot in Israel, we will be reading Parshat Naso on Shabbat. Outside Israel this will only be read next week. From next week we will be keeping in sync with where the readings are holding outside Israel, so there will be an Dvar Torah on Naso next week as well) This week's section contains the strange and complicated commandment of the Sota.
5764 (1) Once Rabbi Mendel Futerfass (a famous Chasid Chabad in Stalinist Russia) saw one of his friends coming out of the ‘Shamos’ bin (the room where scraps of holy books are kept because it is forbidden to throw them away) with a handful of torn pages. "What are you doing" Asked Rav Mendel.
5764 (2) This week's section begins the fourth book of the Torah. It begins with G-d commanding Moses and Aaron to take the leaders of the twelve tribes and go count the Jews. The rest of the section reports the results. The Lubavitcher Rebbe asks a question on this.
5765 (1) This week's section is called "In The Desert". It begins the fourth book of the Torah and tells in great detail how Moses, at G-d's command, counted the Jews after the exodus from Egypt. At first glance this is not understood; what did they have to count for? Censuses are usually made to assess the size and the needs of the population and then to distribute the burden of taxes equally.
5765 (2) This week's section means 'Lift up' and it precedes the holiday of Shavuot, when G-d 'lifted up' the Jews and made them a 'Kingdom of priests and a holy nation' (Ex. 19:6) The Talmud relates that when the Jews got the Torah, the entire world shook. The gentiles ran to the leading philosopher of the time; 'Bilam, for an explanation and he told them:
5766 (1) This week's section Bamidbar (which means In the desert) begins the fourth book of the Torah and sets the stage for the holiday of Shavuot this coming week. The Baal Shem Tov (who passed away on Shavuot some 250 years ago) taught that every detail of Creation and especially every word of the Torah contains deep, mystical, and personal messages.
5766 (2) This coming Friday will be the holiday of Shavuot and the day after, on Shabbat (In Israel), we read the second Torah portion of the book of Numbers, Naso. (Outside of Israel, where there are two days of Shavuot, Naso is read next Shabbat.) Among the commandments found in this week's section is the commandment to repent for one's sins. (Or in Jewish terms, to do t'shuva--to return).
5767 This Shabbat we read the first portion in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) and four days afterward we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot; when G-d gave the Torah to the entire Jewish nation 3,319 years ago. Interestingly, this Torah portion is always read directly before the holiday of Shavuot. So there must be a similarity.
5768 This week's Torah portion, called Naso (Elevate), precedes the Holiday of Shavuot which celebrates the giving of the Torah 3,320 years ago by G-d to the Jewish people. The Talmud tells us that at Mt. Sinai the Jews not only received the Bible but the Creator actually revealed Himself to all (about 3 million) of them and .... the dead were raised. The revelation was so unbearably intense that they all died and had to be miraculously revived with the 'dew' that will raise all the dead (in the End of Days).
5769 This week's Torah portion always occurs on or around the holiday of Shavuot when the Jews celebrate the giving of the Torah. Interestingly, Shavuot is the only of the Three Holidays for which the Torah gives no reason and which contains no Commandments that are relevant today.
5770 This week's Torah portion, Bamidbar, is always read before the Holiday of Shavuos commemorating the date that G-d gave the Torah at Mt. Sinai over 3,320 years ago.
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