Friday, June 3
- 06:40 am – Shacharit (Rosh Chodesh)
- 07:00 pm – Mincha
- 07:58 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, June 4
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 08:55 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 10:15 am – Junior Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- 04:45 pm – Ladies’ Class in Brachot (at the Rabinowitz home, 265 Fellsway East)
- 06:30 pm – Men’s Class in Derech Hashem
- 07:30 pm – Mincha
- 08:00 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:55 pm – Ma’ariv
- 09:07 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of June 5 – 10
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday and Friday
- 08:00 pm – Sunday and Monday
- 07:00 pm – Friday
- 08:30 pm – Sunday and Monday
The schedule for Shavu’ot (Tuesday night, Wednesday, and Thursday) will be published separately.
We would like to welcome the young men and women from Yeshiva University’s Torah Tours who will be joining us for Shavu’ot.
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Weekly Words of Torah
Lessons of Leadership
Insights into Parshat Naso by Mr. Ike Sultan of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
In Parshat Naso, the story of the travels of Bnei Yisrael in the desert is interrupted by a series of laws that seemingly don’t belong. Rashi comments that if a person steals from a Kohen he will eventually have to return to the Kohen for the Sotah ordeal. A person who views the destruction of a Sotah should become a Nazir. Seemngly, the motif of these passages is the Kohen who is charged with maintaining the social and spiritual order in the camp. By linking these laws with the sacrifices of the princes, the theme can be generalized to leadership. This is illustrated by the Nazir- an average citizen who elevates himself to the level of a Kohen is some respects. Thus, according to Rashi, once the camp is established it is necessary for leadership to maintain the order.
An entirely different approach is taken by the Ba’al HaTurim. He focuses upon the phrase that refers to an Adam who sins (normally the Torah refers to an Ish who sins). This introduces the laws pertaining to impurities stemming from a metzora (leper), zav (bodily flow) and a corpse. In a homiletic sense, this refers to original man (Adam HaRishon) and what stemmed from his sin: leprosy for the snake, bodily flow for Chava and death for Adam. Those who were punished had to exit Gan Eden- similar to the impure people in Parshat Naso who had to exit the camp. This passage is followed by the ordeal of the Sotah; the midrash alludes that after Chava ate from the Tree of Knowledge she was seduced by the snake into marriage. This is followed by the laws of the Nazir- who refrains from wine- alluding to the grapes that Adam eat from the Tree of Knowledge.
What is this allusion to Sefer Bereshit doing in Parshat Naso?
Perhaps, according to the Ba’al HaTurim, the camp of the Jewish People parallels the Garden of Eden, the Mishkan the Tree of Knowledge and the Kohanim are the representatives of Adam HaRishon. The leaders of the people -the Kohanim- are elevated to the status of Adam HaRishon and the theme of leadership is preserved. Therefore the passage begins with the set up of the camp, then introduces the leaders- the Kohanim, and proceeds to the allusion from Sefer Bereshit to remind the Kohanim of their potential and of the potential disaster (death) that can result from sin and irresponsibility. The Sotah law continues the admonishment to teach how one misdeed leads to further downfall. Finally the laws of the Nazir apply after hitting rock bottom to teach that there is always a possibility for elevation.