A significant portion of this week’s Parsha deals with laws involving damage caused by a human being or his property. If one person injures another person, the first person could be liable for five...
There are several ways that one can contribute to our shul and at the same time honor a special occasion or the memory of a loved one:
1) A day of learning the Daf Yomi: $20/day; $125/week; $500/month; $5000/year
Torah study is the best thing one can do for another person – either in their honor or memory (e.g. for a birthday or a yahrzeit). The merit of the Torah study is credited to the donor and to the person in whose honor or memory that it is learned.
2) A day of learning in our Shabbos classes: $20/class; $75/month; $750/year
3) Seuda Shlishis: $75/standard Seuda Shlishis; $125/delox Seuda Shlishis
A delox Seuda Shlishis adds lox and parve cream cheese.
4) Breakfast Club: $40/breakfast: Sunday morning after Shacharis
5) Tree of Life: $180/leaf: commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday, Bar/Bas-Mitzva, wedding or anniversary.
6) Memorial Board: $250/plaque
Thank you to Lois Cohen for sponsoring the Shabbos afternoon classes in memory of Bernie –Ben-Tzion ben Harav Avraham Ya’akov Hakohein. May his memory serve as a blessing to all of us.
G-d willing, our next Shabbos lunch will be on February 25. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Shmuel Cohen and his topic will be “The Symphony of Halacha and its Implications in the Business World.” The cost is $25/adult; $20/high school & college students; $15/children in grades 1-8. Reservations are due by February 21. Reservations received by February 18 will receive a $5/discount per person.
For the third consecutive year, we will be hosting a pre-Pesach wine tasting event in early March. You will also be able to order wine for Pesach. Details to follow.
Please remember to select a ½ hour period between 6 AM and 11:00 PM to make an additional effort to abstain from Lashon Hara. The morning time slots have filled. There are some late afternoon and evening slots available. May the merit of our efforts assist Ronnie Slovin for a continued recovery.
We have beautiful cards that can be purchased for a donation to the shul. The cards can be sent for a celebration or in honor of another person. Please see Geri Jankelovitz or call the office for more information.
A significant portion of this week’s Parsha deals with laws involving damage caused by a human being or his property. If one person injures another person, the first person could be liable for five types of fines and penalties. If a person’s property causes damage, the owner sometimes pays the victim full compensation, while at other times he is only liable for half compensation. The determining factor is how likely the property is to cause damage.
There is property called a “tam” and there is other property that is called a “muad”. A “tam” is property – for example an animal – that is not expected to cause any harm. If such an animal does cause damage – for example $1000 worth - its owner is liable for only $500 of that damage. If that same animal could be expected to cause harm, that animal is deemed a “muad” and its owner is liable for the entire amount of damage it causes.
However, when the Torah discusses a human being, there is no distinction between one who might be expected to cause harm and one who is not expected to cause harm. There are not two classifications of human beings. In the words of the Talmud – “man is always a ‘muad’, no matter if he damages intentionally, unintentionally, accidentally, willingly, awake or while asleep. Human beings are always responsible for their actions.
Unfortunately, human beings don’t always see it that way. Frequently, when something goes wrong, people attempt to lay the blame on somebody else or on outside factors, rather than look in the mirror and accept responsibility.
“Man is always a ‘muad’” – people are always responsible for their actions, whether they like it or not. Every one of our actions has an effect upon the world. When we make a mistake, we must own up to it because we caused harm to the world. When we do Mitzvos, we build the world. Either way, when we accept responsibility, we are acting responsibly and making the world a more responsible environment.×