In the beginning of this week’s Parsha, we read “And it will be on account of that you listen to these laws . . .”. The usage of the word “Eikev” as “on account of” is unusual. The Torah could have...
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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
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A delox Seuda Shlishis adds lox and parve cream cheese.
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On Shabbos Mevarchim during the Kiddush, we will be having a brief Torah session in memory of those whose yahrzeits are during the coming month. G-d willing, the next session will be on Shabbos, July 7 – Rosh Chodesh Av. If there is somebody whom you would like to remember through the Torah study or sponsor the study in that person’s name, please send an e-mail before July 5.
We have a monthly Shabbos Mevarchim class for women in the shul from 11:50 AM-12:20 PM. The monthly class will be led by Faith Neuman and her topic is “The Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith”.
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In the beginning of this week’s Parsha, we read “And it will be on account of that you listen to these laws . . .”. The usage of the word “Eikev” as “on account of” is unusual. The Torah could have written the word “Ba’avur” or “Biglal”, which also mean “on account of”. Why does the Torah utilize the word “Eikev”?
Rashi makes note of the word “Eikev” and relates that the word “Eikev” also means heel – as in the heel of the foot. So, Rashi interprets the Passuk, “If you will do the Mitzvos that people trample upon, then G-d will give you all of this good.”
There are Mitzvos that we look at as being important – more important than other Mitzvos - e.g. welcoming guests, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashana and wearing Tefillin. Then, there are Mitzvos that some people do not consider so essential to our lives or that are not given so much consideration – they are considered “small” things” – e.g. Shaatnez, tzitzis, many of the Shabbos or Yom Tov laws, Lashon Hara, talking during davening, answering Amen, brachos, interest, the law of the land.
Why should a Mitzva be considered a “small” thing? Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l explains that we do not always realize what mitzvos involve. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to learn all mitzvos. Rav Moshe adds that when a person does a mitzva because it is G-d given – as all Mitzvos are – there is no such thing as a “major” or “minor” mitzva. In Pirkei Avos, Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi equates “easy” Mitzvos with “difficult” mitzvos because we do not know how G-d judges them. Even saying hello or recognizing another person becomes a mitzva if it sanctifies the name of G-d.
Everything we do is important. Every action is meaningful. When it is done with G-d in mind, it makes no difference what other people think of it. It becomes important because it is doing what G-d commanded us to do.×