Parshas Naso is the longest Parsha in the Torah. At first, it might seem to be intimidating. However, the 2nd half of the parsha is basically repetition – the sacrifices offered during the...
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
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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.
Also 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, March 17 – Rosh Chodesh Nissan. 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 the 16th.
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”.
Parshas Naso is the longest Parsha in the Torah. At first, it might seem to be intimidating. However, the 2nd half of the parsha is basically repetition – the sacrifices offered during the dedication of the Tabernacle by the prince of each tribe. Each prince brought exactly the same sacrifice. The Torah writes the offering of the first prince, Nachshon ben Aminadav. Then, the Torah repeats 11 times the same sacrifice, only changing the name of the prince who brought the sacrifice. Why couldn’t the Torah just list the 11 princes and say that they brought the same sacrifices?
Rabbi Yissachar Frand offers an explanation. The 2nd prince, Nesanel ben Tzuar was faced with a dilemma – what to bring for a sacrifice. Imagine it in today’s terms. There are Bar-Mitzvas 12 consecutive weeks. The first week the family sponsors a luncheon. What does the 2nd family do the next week? If they serve the same thing, it is an imitation and nobody likes that. So, they do things differently. Now the 3rd family has a dilemma – how can they
outdo the first two families? What is family 12 going to do – take everybody on a cruise?
Rabbi Frand explains that this was Nesanel’s dilemma. “If I try to outdo Nachshon, the 1st prince, the next prince will face a similar dilemma and it will become a competition. Sacrifices will escalate . . . costs will escalate . . . by day 12 it will be out of hand. So, Nesanel did a tremendous thing. He brought the same thing as Nachshon. He demonstrated the idea that everybody is equal.
If everybody brings the same sacrifice, nobody can compare and say, “Mine was better than your!”. . . nobody can criticize one another . . . nobody can speak Lashon Hara against one another.
By not trying to outdo one another, Nesanel displayed the importance of keeping the public unified. Especially during these times, the unity of the Jewish people is essential . . . especially when the rest of the world is against us.
All Jews are in the same boat. Nesanel taught by example how to keep the ship afloat – unify. We are not competing with one another. We might have different ideas how to reach our destination, but we all should be steering in the same direction and if that means going against the tide, so be it.×