Parshas Voeschanan

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Parshas Voeschanan (5777)

by Mordechai Dolinsky

 

In our sedra  5:19-23 the pasukim relate the voice of Hashem emitting from a fire; in pasuk 19 the pasuk refers to the voice of Hashem coming from Choshech.  Beside the contradiction how do we understand the concept of darkness?  The concept of fire we can say is the koach of Hashem, the ssence of Hashem, before the manifestation of the Creation, but what about choshech?   Perhaps we can say this is referring to an even deeper essence of Hashem even before the aish, the koach of depth of emes, a very deep revelation of emes which is manifested in the amkus of amkus in the Torah.  Perhaps this might be a reference to chochmas hanistar.  We should be zocheh lilmode u’lehavin.

Have a wonderful, fulfilling Shabbos.

Parshas Chukas 5777

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Parshas Chukas (5777)

by Mordechai Dolinsky

 

When משה רבנו hit the סלע forsure it had a very strong definite and clear rational חשבון. He thought it was right to go against Hashem’s  commandment and to hit the סלע .  So how can we understand the taina on him?

Perhaps we can say that it was expected of him that he should be so batal to Hashem that he should not have any input just as a senseless  דומם fulfills hashems will.

This should be a great inspiration for all of us to be batal to Hashem, each one on our own level.

Have a wonderful meaningful significant שבת.

Parshas Korach

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Parshas Korach (5777)
by Mordechai Dolinsky

17:10 A tremendous ‘peleh’ we find our parsha, Hashem, upon Klal Yisroel shocking allegiance to Korach calls to Moshe Rabeinu to move from the aida so that He will consume them. Next we find Moshe enlisting Aharon’s assistance to arrest the plague. Peleh of peleh in the clear simplicity Moshe is actually enacting actuating to defer the plague that Hashem clearly wanted.

Perhaps one possible thought when Hashem declared to move away “so I can destroy” this is a statement made only how humans involved would express. In other words Hashem was demonstratint that He wanted it dealt with as ‘bnei adam’. The great, awesome lesson from Korach how we have to fear how one can be blinded and cry to Hashem always for His assistance.

Have a wonderful Shabbos and a Chodesh of bracha and hatzlacha.

Parshas Shlach

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Parshas Shlach (5777)
by Mordechai Dolinsky

In our parsha we fnd from the beginning a negativeness against Klal Yisroel for wanting and requesting the sending of the meraglim. This is difficult to understand for it is a conventional and acceptable effort to check out the military status in a country one is about to invade. Even more difficult, Yehoshua in his preparation did the same without any criticism. The greatest difficulty is the quotation of Rashi that Hashem agreed so that they would default and wouldn’t be zocheh to Eretz Yisroel.

What I wish to say and try to explain what Bnei Yisroel wanted to send wasn’t to investigate to determine the military status. It was to critically investigate and made an evaluation of Eretz Yisroel, the land and the people; whether it was worthy to enter to accept the gift of Hashem. This was the reason for Hashem’s great wrath. When the cloud of the Satan dissipated they immediately regretted. The great lesson and inspiration is how much we must always beware of this blindness and pray to Hashem for assistance of clarity and enlightenment.

Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Parshas Naso 5777

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Parshas Naso 5777
by Mordechai Dolinsky

In our parsha we have the great judgment of the woman concerning her guilt of defaulting, the ultimate of unfaithfulness to her husband. One might think that the logical, fair approach would be a variety of different technical judicial proofs, instead we have pure ruchnius, l’maalah min hateva, of reliance on the dvar Hashem. Imagine her tzaar, the feelings of no arguments, no counterproofs. Perhaps this is the midah k’neged midah for the tzaar of the husband that she possibly was unfaithful in a way that the truth is so hidden.

Hashem give us the strength to truly understand the truth.

Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Parshas Bamidbar

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Parshas Bamidbar 5777
by Mordechai Dolinsky

3:15: — Different than all the other shvatim the Bnei Levi were counted from the age of one month which was just to confirm their being. Rashi explains that Yocheved was counted at this age entering Mitzrayim. This phenomenon is probably not for some super natural reason and there is obviously some trait of importance of being counted from birth. We certainly have examples of this such as Moshe Rabeinu born with a glow of light shining. Where and how did Shevet Levi acquire these special traits? Levi himself lived the longest of the shvatim and certainly asserted his influence on them in his old age. We can see this from the fact that shevet Levi were shomrei Shabbos in Egypt and therefore were blessed to be exempt from the avdus. The greatest factor can be attributed that at birth Leah named her son Levi as a recognition and a commemoration that Yaakov will establish a special relationship with her because she presented him with this third son. This understood properly is of enormous, very deep significance, the creation of a new closeness between Yaakov and Leah. In pasuk 12 the Ribbono Shel Olam designated and honored Shevet Levi with the position of being in place of the bechoros and deemed worth of this by being clean from the chet haegel. We see here too he had a special bracha to stand up to this great nisayon. All this greatness came out and was crystalised in them from the time of birth.

Have a wonderful Shabbos and a meaningful Chodesh.

Parshas Shemini 5777

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Parshas Shemini 5777
by Mordechai Dolinsky

10:1 – Nadav and Avihu were guilty of bringing a ketores with an aish zarah. Rashi quotes Rebbe Yishmael’s opinion that they were bringing a ketores and it was while indulging guilty of drinking wine while doing the avodah. How can we reconcile the terms of an aish zarah and the drinking of wine? And why were they guilty of drinking? Perhaps you can say wine brings uplifting of the neshamah, tremendous simcha and joyous disposition. This is a tremendous asset in the avodas H shem and this was there intent. However, it was there own originality. This is the point they were found guilty of, this is called the aish zarah of R Yishmael. Perhaps you can likewise consider that this is related to the shita of R Eliezer that they were guilty of establishing halacha without consulting with Moshe Rabeinu. So we can reconcile that they did drink wine and this is called an aish zarah and this is moreh halacha lifnay raboh. Why is it aish zarah, because they made a fire in their soul, it was a good intent, but it was moreh halacha lifnay raboh. We should all be zocheh that H shem should enlighten us what our avodas is and we can have hatzlachah fulfilling it.

Have a fulfilling chodesh wonderful Shabbos.

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Pesach Mesiba 5777

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Pesach Mesiba 5777
Mordechai Dolinsky

To all our friends and relatives:

We wish to invite you to join our annual Pesach Mesiba which will take place IY”H this coming Thurs. night Chol HaMoed 18 Nissan at 8:30PM at our home Panim Meirot 3. Looking forward to celebrating together.

Chag Kosher v’Samech.

Mordechai Dolinsky

Parshas Vayikra 5777

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Parshas Vayikra 5777
by Mordechai Dolinsky

5:17–Rashi Acccording to R’ Yossi there is an awewsome reward just for refraining from doing an aveira. Acccording to R’ Avika we see the splendor of reward from the great reward that we receive just from connecting ourselves the doers of great acts. even the moreso according to R’ Elazar ben Azaria even if a mitzvah comes out from the person without his knowledge he is rewarded we see how great the reward of a mitvzah is. Now we can begin to understand how Klal Yisroel is worthy of its existence until today.

Hae a wonderful Shabbos.

Parshas Terumah 5777

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Parshas Terumah 5777
by Mordechai Dolinsky

26:15: Rashi quotes that the source of beams for the walls of the Mishkan Yaaakov planted in Egypt and gave instructions for them to be taken along when the departed. Besides the pratical aspect there was a very deep spiritual meaning to them; the walls designate the creation of the boundaries of the Schchinah. For this it was critical and crucial for Yaakov Avinu’s creating and involvement.

Have loads of Simcha in Adar and a wonderful Shabbos.