Newsletter – Parashat Nitzavim Vayelech

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Elul 5777

September 2017

Ladies’ Seating Plan for the Yamim Noraim

High Holy Days

Dear Ladies,

We hope this letter finds you well and in good health.

As we know tefila, prayer, is our strongest tool in connecting directly to Hashem and especially during the upcoming awe-inspiring days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, now only a few days away. It is vitally important that we use our tefilot to ask Hashem to inscribe each and every one of us in the Book of Life and that all may merit a year of health and happiness.

The Shulhan Aruch expresses the importance of makom kabua, makon kodesh – that a person’s regular and fixed place where he or she prays has a direct relationship to the power of the tefila, to the extent that the place a person prays is called kodesh – holy.

Therefore, in order to avoid disappointment on such special days we are willing to reserve a seat for lady members of our community.

We will attempt, to the best of our ability, to allocate the seats according to where the ladies sit throughout the year, but we cannot guarantee how the seats will be allocated. We will also consider accommodating places for unmarried girls over Bat Mitzva to sit next to or close to their mothers.

Please tick for which day(s):

1) ONLY Rosh Hashana (2 days) _______

2) ONLY Yom Kippur _______

3) BOTH (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) _______

Please let us know below who the seat is for:

1) Name _______________________________

2) Name _______________________________

3) Name _______________________________

DEADLINE: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Please note, we will gladly reserve and allocate you a seat, however, if for example, you are allocated a seat for Yom Kippur but can only come for Ne’ilah please understand that your seat cannot be kept vacant all day, when others could use the seat until you arrive.

Therefore, we endeavour to do the following:

· A clear sign will be posted asking ladies to respect the allocated seating plan by not sitting in someone’s allocated place and to vacate the seat as soon as the lady comes.

· If someone is sitting in your allocated seat when you arrive, you have the right to politely ask that person to move.

· We request that you ask the lady to move in the most polite, discreet and nicest way possible so as not to cause embarrassment, offence or any discomfort whatsoever.

Thanking you in advance.

Tizku leshanim rabot

The Gabbaim

PS – Whilst there is no charge for allocating you a seat, any donations made will be gratefully appreciated.

You can reserve by replying to this email or speak directly to Mrs E Jacobs by the DEADLINE: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

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Summer Timetable 5777 – 2017

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Q & A on Parashat

Nitzavim

  1. What is the connection between the verse "atem nitzavim" and the curses in the previous parsha?
    29:12 – The Jewish People asked, "Who can survive such curses?" Moshe responded, "You’ve done a lot to anger Hashem, and yet "atem nitzavim" you’re still standing before Him."
  2. Who were the wood-choppers and water-carriers?
    29:10 – Canaanites who joined the Jewish People under false pretenses.
  3. Why can Hashem never "swap" the Jewish people for another nation?
    29:12 – Because Hashem swore to their ancestors that He would never do so.
  4. One who ignores the Torah’s warnings "adds drunkenness to thirst." What does this mean?
    29:18 – He causes Hashem to reckon his unintentional sins alongside his intentional ones, punishing him for all.
  5. What two cities were destroyed along with Sedom and Amorah?
    29:22 – Admah and Tsevoyim.
  6. "The hidden things are for Hashem, our G-d, and the revealed things are for us…" What does this mean?
    29:28 – There is collective culpability only for "open" sins, but not for "hidden" ones.
  7. According to Rashi, how will the day of the ingathering of the exiles be "great and difficult?"
    30: 3 – It will be as if Hashem needs to take each individual by the hand and lead him out of exile.
  8. Where is the Torah not to be found? Where is it to be found?
    30:12-15 – The Torah is not found in heaven nor across the ocean. Rather, it is "very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart."
  9. When and where did the Jewish People become culpable for each other’s sins?
    30:28 – When they crossed the Jordan and accepted the oath on Mt. Eval and Mt. Grizim.
  10. How do the earth and sky remind us to keep the mitzvot?
    30:19 – The earth and heavenly bodies, although receiving neither reward nor punishment, always obey Hashem’s will. How much more should we, who stand to receive reward or punishment, obey Hashem.

Vayelech

  1. Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in…" How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?
    31:2 – Because verse 34:7 says "His (Moshe’s) eye never dimmed, and his (youthful) moisture never departed."
  2. Which of Moshe’s statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by Hashem’s command?
    31:7 – Moshe told Yehoshua to share his leadership with the Elders. Hashem later commanded Yehoshua to rule alone.
  3. Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?
    31:10 – Because the laws of the seventh year still apply to the harvest.
  4. Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?
    31:12 – To give reward to those who bring them.
  5. What does it mean that Hashem "hides His face?"
    31:17 – He ignores their distress.
  6. What function does the song Ha’azinu serve?
    31:21 – It warns what will befall the Jewish People if they abandon Torah.
  7. Which verse promises that the Torah will never be totally forgotten?
    31:21 – "For (the Torah) will not be forgotten from the mouth of their offspring."
  8. What is the difference of opinion regarding the placing of the Torah scroll which Moshe gave the levi’im?
    31:26 – Whether it was placed outside but adjacent to the Ark, or inside next to the Tablets.
  9. On the day of Moshe’s death, why didn’t Moshe gather the people by blowing trumpets as he normally would have?
    31:28 – Blowing the trumpets expressed Moshe’s dominion, and "there is no dominion on the day of death." (Kohelet 8)
  10. Moshe said, "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly," but, in fact, this didn’t occur until after Yehoshua’s death. What does this teach us?
    31:29 – That a person’s student is as dear to him as himself As long as Yehoshua was alive, it was as though Moshe himself

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Halachot from Maran Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Ztz’l

"אשרי העם יודעי תרועה"

מובא במדרש רבה (פר’ אמור פר’ כט אות ד), על הפסוק "אשר העם יודעי תרועה", אמר רבי יאשיה, וכי אין אומות העולם יודעים להריע? כמה קרנות יש להם, כמה חצוצרות יש להם? אלא, "העם יודעי תרועה", אלו ישראל, שהם יודעים ומכירים לרצות את בוראם בתרועה. והוא עומד מכסא דין ויושב על כסא רחמים, ומתמלא ברחמים על עמו ישראל. וזהו שנאמר "אשר העם יודעי תרועה", כלומר, מכירים ויודעים את סגולתה ומעלתה וישובו אל ה’.

וסיפר הגאון רבינו עזרא עטיה זצ"ל, ראש ישיבת פורת יוסף, כי הגאון רבי שלמה לניאדו, בעל שו"ת בית דינו של שלמה, שהיה רבה של חלב, היא ארם צובא, היה נוהג בראש השנה לעבור לפני התיבה כשליח צבור, כי ניחון בקול ערב, נעים זמירות ישראל, וגם היה תוקע בשופר. וכן היה נוהג מידי שנה בשנה. כשהגיע הרב לזקנה ושיבה, הודיע לפרנסי הקהל שבאו לביתו לבקרו בשבת שלפני ראש השנה, שנבצר ממנו השנה להיות שליח צבור ותוקע, מפני מצב בריאותו. נענו הפרנסים ואמרו, אולי יואיל רבינו לומר לבנו הגאון רבי אפרים (בעל שו"ת דגל מחנה אפרים) שהוא יעבור לפני התיבה ויתקע בשופר. כששמע כן בנו רבי אפרים, בא לפני מר אביו ואמר לו, אבא, אני מוכן למלא את מקומך השנה, נענה הגאון לדבריו ובירך אותו בהצלחה. וכן היה.

בראש השנה הלך רבי אפרים לבית הכנסת, ועבר לפני התיבה, וכשעמד לתקוע, נתבלבל קצת בתקיעות ותיכף ומיד תיקן כדת. ובבוא ראשי הקהל אל הרב בעל בית דינו של שלמה, לבקרו לנשק ידיו כנהוג, שאל אותם, איך היו התפילות, השיבו בשבח התפלות הנפלאות שהתפלל רבי אפרים כשליח צבור. ושאל, איך היו התקיעות, ועל זה השיבו בשפה רפה, והרגיש שלא היו תקינות כל כך. תיכף ומיד קרא לרבי אפרים, ושאלו על כך, השיבו רבי אפרים, כי היה קורא "יהי רצון" שלפני התקיעות, ואמר "ושלח מלאכיך הקדושים הממונים על התקיעות", והנה תיכף ראה שבא המלאך הממונה על ידו, ויעף אליו אחד מן השרפים והתייצב לימינו, לזאת היה חרד מפניו ונתבלבל. שחק בעל הבית דינו של שלמה, ואמר לו, הנה אתה הזמנת אותו ותירא מפניו. ועל כגון זה נאמר, אשר העם יודעי תרועה.

אכן לנו הדלים, לפחות נכוין לשוב בתשובה, וכמו שאמרו במדרש תהלים, "תקעו בחודש שופר", חדשו ושפרו מעשיכם על ידי השופר. כי השופר, רומז גם על השופר שבזמן מתן תורה, כמו שכתוב בו "ויהי קול השופר הולך וחזק מאד", ולכן אסור להשיח (לדבר) בשעת תקיעות השופר, כי על אותה שעה כתוב במדרש (פר’ יתרו סוף פר’ כט), שהיה כל העולם שקט, חמור לא נער, סוס לא צנף, צפור לא צפצף, מלאכים לא עפו, שרפים לא אמרו קדוש, וקול השופר נשמע מסוף העולם ועד סופו. ולכן אין להשיח או להשתעל ברצון, וצריך לשבת דומיה בעת התקיעות לקיים מצות עשה לשמוע קול שופר. קחו עמכם דברים ושובו אל ה’, אשרי העם יודעי תרועה ומכירים בה לשוב בתשובה

“Fortunate is the Nation which knows the Shofar Blasts”

The Midrash Rabba (Parashat Emor Chapter 29, Section 4) states regarding the verse, “Fortunate is the nation which knows the Shofar blasts”: “Rabbi Yoshiya said: ‘Do the nations of the world not know how to blow? They have so many horns and so many trumpets! Rather, ‘The nation which knows the Shofar blasts,’ refers to the Jewish nation which knows how to appease their G-d with Shofar blasts. He (Hashem) then arises from the throne of judgment and sits on the throne of mercy and becomes filled with compassion for the Jewish nation.’” This is what is meant by the verse, “Fortunate is the nation which knows the Shofar blasts,” meaning the people who know the auspicious meaning and importance of the Shofar blasts and use them to return to Hashem.

Hagaon Harav Ezra Attiazt”l, late Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef, recounts how Hagaon Harav Shlomo Laniado zt”l, author of the Responsa Bet Dino Shel Shlomo and Chief Rabbi of Aleppo, Syria, would serve as Chazzan on Rosh Hashanah since he was blessed with a pleasant and melodious voice in addition to serving as the Shofar blower. He would customarily do so every year. When the rabbi grew older though, he notified the respected community activists that came to visit his home on the Shabbat preceding Rosh Hashanah that due to the current status of his health, he would be unable to serve as Chazzan and Shofar blower during the coming Rosh Hashanah. The community activists replied by asking if the rabbi would request that his son, Hagaon Harav Efraim (author of Responsa Degel Machaneh Efraim), serve as the Chazzan and Shofar blower instead. When his son, Harav Efraim, heard of this, he came before his father and told him that he agreed to fill his father’s place this year. His father gave him his blessing and so it came to be.

On Rosh Hashanah, Harav Efraim went to the synagogue and served as Chazzan but when he began to blow the Shofar, he erred slightly in the order of blasts, but immediately corrected himself as prescribed by Halacha. Upon arriving at the home of his father, Harav Shlomo, in order to visit him and kiss his hand as was customary, the leaders of the community were asked how the prayer services went to which they replied that the services conducted by Harav Efraim were truly amazing. When asked how the Shofar blowing went, they replied half-heartedly and the rabbi understood that it did not go so well. He immediately summoned his son, Harav Efraim, and inquired about this matter. His son replied, “While reciting the ‘Yehi Ratzon’ text prior to the Shofar blowing, I said, ‘Send [me] your holy angels who are appointed over the Shofar blasts.’ I immediately saw one of the fiery angels fly towards me and stand on my right side! I became frightened and this caused me to become confused.” His father then chuckled and told him, “You invited him and then you were afraid of him?!” About such an incident does the verse state, “Fortunate is the nation which knows the Shofar blasts!”

However, regarding us ordinary people, we should, at the very least, have in mind to repent, as the Midrash Tehillim states regarding the verse, “Blow the Shofar on the [new] month”: “Renew and better your deeds through the Shofar.” The Shofar represents the Shofar that was blown during the giving of the Torah, as the verse states, “And the sound of the Shofar became [progressively] much stronger.” Thus, one may not converse during the blowing of the Shofar, for regarding this time, the Midrash (Parashat Yitro, end of Chapter 29) states, “The entire world was silent; no horses neighed, no donkeys brayed, no birds chirped, no angles flew, no fiery angels recited ‘Kadosh,’ and the sound of the Shofar could be heard from one end of the world to the other.” Therefore, one should not speak or cough willingly; one should sit silently during the Shofar blowing and have in mind to fulfill the positive Torah commandment to hear the sound of the Shofar. Take these words with you and use them to return to Hashem while utilizing the sound of the Shofar for this purpose

תקיעת שופר

מצות עשה מן התורה לשמוע תרועת השופר ביום ראש השנה, שנאמר "יום תרועה יהיה לכם". ואסור לדבר בין התקיעות, וכל שכן בזמן התקיעות עצמם, ונחלקו הפוסקים אם יש לומר וידוי בין התקיעות, (כפי שמודפס בהרבה מחזורים.) או שאסור לומר וידוי בין התקיעות, ודעת מרן הרב עובדיה יוסף שליט"א, שאסור לומר וידוי בין התקיעות, ושאף מי שנהג כן, צריך לבטל מנהגו, שנכנס לחשש ברכה לבטלה, ולספק אם חייב לחזור שוב ולברך על התקיעות, ומכל מקום, אם רוצה להרהר הוידוי בליבו בלבד, רשאי לעשות כן בין התקיעות, אבל בשעת התקיעות עצמם ידום ויקשיב היטב לקול השופר.

נשים פטורות ממצות שופר, שהרי היא מצות עשה שהזמן גרמא, וכל מצוות עשה שהזמן גרמן נשים פטורות, כמו שביארנו בכמה הזדמנויות. ומכל מקום נהגו הנשים להחמיר על עצמן ולבוא לבית הכנסת לשמוע תקיעת שופר, ואשה שלא היה באפשרותה לבוא לבית הכנסת, יכולה לשמוע תקיעת שופר בבית, (או בבית הכנסת בשעות הצהריים כפי שמקובל בכמה מקומות). ואין לברך על תקיעת שופר כשתוקע עבור נשים, משום שנשים אינם מברכות על מצות עשה שהזמן גרמא. ויש נשים מעדות אשכנז שנוהגות לברך לעצמן על תקיעת שופר, ויש להן על מה שיסמוכו. ומכל מקום אין לתוקע עצמו לברך עבור נשים גם למנהג זה.

כל היום כשר למצות שופר, מהנץ החמה ועד לשקיעתה, ולכן הבא לתקוע לנשים, רשאי לתקוע כל היום כולו עד שקיעת החמה.

כלל גדול בידינו, כי מצות צריכות כוונה, וכפי שביארנו בהלכה מיוחדת. ועל כן, השומע קול שופר בראש השנה, צריך שישים לבו, לכוין שבשמיעת קול השופר הוא מקיים את מצות השופר

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah

It is a positive Torah commandment to hear the Shofar blasts on the day of Rosh Hashanah, as the verse states, “It shall be a day of [Shofar] blasts for you.” One may not speak between the various sets of Shofar blasts and certainly not during the blasts themselves. The Poskim disagree regarding whether or not it is permissible to recite the order of confession (which is printed in most Rosh Hashanah prayer books). Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef Shlit”a rules that one may not recite this confessional between the sets of the Shofar blasts, for this causes one to enter the realm of a blessing in vain and it is doubtful whether or not one must recite the blessing on the Shofar blasts again; even if one has customarily recited this confessional prayer in the past, one must discontinue this custom at once. Nevertheless, if one would like to read this confessional prayer with his eyes only and ponder it in his heart, this is indeed permissible between the sets of blasts; however, during the time the Shofar blasts are actually being sounded, one must sit silently and listen to the Shofar blasts carefully.

Women are exempt from hearing the Shofar blasts since this is positive, time-bound Mitzvah and women are exempt from such Mitzvot as we have discussed on several occasions. Nevertheless, it is customary that women act stringently and come to the synagogue to hear the Shofar blasts. If a woman did not have the opportunity to come to the synagogue may indeed hear the Shofar blasts at home (or later on in the synagogue during the afternoon hours of Rosh Hashanah, as has become the prevalent custom in many synagogues). When one blows the Shofar for women, one may not recite the “Lishmo’a Kol Shofar” blessing since women are exempt from such positive, time-bound Mitzvot. There are some Ashkenazi women who customarily recite the blessing on the Shofar for themselves and they indeed have on whom to rely. Nonetheless, the one blowing the Shofar should not recite a blessing when blowing for women, even according to this view.

The Mitzvah of hearing Shofar blasts may be fulfilled the entire day of Rosh Hashanah, from sunrise until sunset. Therefore, if one would like to blow the Shofar for women, he may do so all day, until sunset.

We have a great rule that “Mitzvot require intention”, as we have discussed in a special Halacha. Thus, before hearing the Shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah, one must pay attention and have in mind to fulfill the positive Torah commandment of hearing the Shofar blasts when hearing the Shofar

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Shiurim / Topic Time Rabbi Venue Language For
Sunday ~ Thurday Chavruta learninig 6:45 – 7:30 pm Avrechim of the kolel more info:
Rabbi Stamler
Shul Hall Any Men
Monday Yedia Kelaliot 8:00 pm Shul Hall Ivrit Men
Tuesday Seed 1-2-1 learning 7:45 pm Contact Jonny Jacobs Shul Hall Any Men

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1 Rosh Hashana Yom Kippur Succot 5778 2017.pdf
2 Winter Timetable 5778 2017-18.pdf