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Shul Bulletin

Shabbos Vayeishev Schedule:

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:26 pm
  • Kabolos Shabbos: 5:00
    Followed by a short Farbrengen In accordance with the Rebbe’s Horoah.
    Click here for more details.
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 4:25 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:29 pm
  • Father & son learning: 7:00 pm

Announcements:

  • Save the date: Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 4th - Chanuka Party for men & women.
  • Those who did not take a Masechta for Chalukas hashas during the farbrengen, can do so by emailing us you name and your masechta.
  • On Dec. 7th, the 7th night of Chanukah is the annual Car Menorah Parade. Line up is at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad at 6:30. For information click here.
  • Please say Tehilim for Yehosefa Nechama Basya bas Leah Frayda, Shterna Soro Dono bas Minet and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Sholom Zochor:

Mr. & Mrs. Velvel Geisinsky
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 321 N Alta Vista Blvd.

Women's Shabbos Shiur:

At the home of Mrs. Chanie Hecht
419 N. Poinsetta Pl.
at 3:45 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To:

  • Rabbi & Mrs.Shaya Berkowitz on the upcoming marriage of their son Mendel to Chaya Baras.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Velvel Geisinsky on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Revere on the marriage of their son Aaron to Chaya Finck.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yitzchok Wiener on the birth of their daughter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Wolf on the Bar-Mitzvah of their son.

 Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Shneur Zalman Klyne - 21 Kislev
  • Moshe Davidson - 23 Kislev
  • Mr. Shmuel David Faynerman - 24 Kislev
  • Yaakov Wolowik - 24 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits:

  • R' Yeshayohu ben R' Aharon - 20 Kislev
  • Chaya bas R' Avrohom - 20 Kislev

Dvar Torah By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

It is known that when the Alter Rebbe was in prison, he was visited by Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid.
The Alter Rebbe asked the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid the reason why he was in prison. They answered that because he was revealing Penimius HaTorah in such an open way, a kitrug- a decree on high arose that caused the imprisonment. He asked that if this was the case perhaps he should not continue with this approach. They answered him that in the end he would be victorious and then he should not only continue but should do so in an even greater measure.
From this we understand that the reason for prison was not due to a fight with the Misnagdim rather a decree from above. Since this was clarified to the Alter Rebbe why did he ask if should continue? In a seemingly similar incident with the Maggid it was the Alter Rebbe himself who provided the answer. Once, Reb Pichas of Koritz was not pleased when he found a page of Chassidus near a bathroom. When the Alter Rebbe saw this he gave him a mashal to avoid a hakpada. Once, the child of a King was seriously ill. The doctors said that the only remedy was to grind a special stone into powder. This stone was a precious diadem in the King’s coveted crown. The King gave orders to dismantle the crown and use it to save the prince’s life. They explained that the prince’s mouth was shut. The King answered to feed him drop by drop, and if that did not work, to place it on his lips so that possibly it would eventually absorb into his mouth. Even though most of it might be lost and it was a rare and priceless stone, it was well worth it because the King said that “I need the prince, without the prince I do not need the crown”. So too the Jewish people in galus are Hashem’s prince. The Jewish people need Hashem to use his crown jewel, Penimius HaTorah, even on the lips, notwithstanding the fact that some might fall on the ground, so that perhaps a few drops will become absorbed. If so: Why was there a decree aroused from above again against the Alter Rebbe since he already explained the purpose of spreading Chassidus, and; Why was the Alter Rebbe asking if he should continue?
The Rebbe explains that there are two reasons why Chassidus is revealed in our present times.
The first reason is because the galus is so dark that we need medicine to survive. We need spiritual injections to fight the spiritual diseases and infectious bacteria prevalent in our times. The neshama needs a strong dose of medicine to revive the heart and provide a ‘stimulus package’ to move forward and be strong in the service of Hashem. That was the example the Alter Rebbe gave to Reb Pinchas of Koritz.
The second reason is that we are in the historical time period of “Erev Shabbos”, when we are already able to sense the aroma of Shabbos, the coming of Moshiach. As is known it’s a mitzvah to have a taste of the food for Shabbos on Erev Shabbos. In the era of Moshiach Hashem will reveal the inner secrets of the Torah. This is as the Rambam explains at the end of Mishneh Torah that the world will be filled with the knowledge of Hashem like water covers the ocean. In this time of Erev Shabbos, the Friday afternoon of the sixth millennia, it’s a mitzvah to reveal and study Penimius HaTorah to prepare us for the Torah of Moshiach.
There is basic difference between a medicine and a food. Medicine is used to give a boost, a ‘shot’ to the neshama to give it the wherewithal to overcome the forces of negativity. Food on the other hand, offers the one who partakes whatever he likes, not just a bit of this and a bit of that. The Torah of the Maggid was like a booster shot used to revive the neshama. The second level likened to food is related to Chabad Chassidus internalized like food. Therefore there was a second kitrug on the Alter Rebbe because he did not have permission to reveal so much. Therefore the Alter Rebbe’s question was if he should continue in the way of Chabad or style his teachings after the Maggid.
The Rebbe Rashab once explained that “yefutzu maaynoseicha chutza” really ‘kicked in’ after the Alter Rebbe was freed from prison after Yud Teis Kislev as a preparation to bring Moshiach.
It is not sufficient to learn bits and pieces just to keep our neshama alive like taking medicine, rather we need to internalize Chassidus like food, by integrating it into our Chabad and thereby merit the full revelation of the Torah of Moshaich, now.
(Based on Likutei Sichos v. 30)

Shabbos Vayishlach Schedule:

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:29 pm
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 4:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:32 pm
  • Melava Malka in honor of 14 Kislev: 8:00 pm

Announcements - Vayishlach:

  • Save the following dates for these upcoming shul events:
    Motzei Shabbos, Nov. 20th - Melava Malka for men & women in honor of 14 Kislev with Dr. David Luchins. Click here for more info.
    Thursday Night, Nov. 25th - Citywide Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for men & women with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel. Click here for more info.
    Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 4th - Chanuka Party for men & women.
  • Please say Tehilim for Yehosefa Nechama Basya bas Leah Frayda, Shterna Soro Dono bas Minet and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Kiddush Sponsors:

 

  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld in honor of their Bar Mitzvah - 13th wedding anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of R’ Avrohom Aron’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman in honor of R’ Fischel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by: 

  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman in honor of Izzy Soussana.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of engagement of their daughter Chaya to Shmuly Lang. May they be zoche to build a binyan aday ad metoch harchava.

 

Women's Shabbos Shiur:

At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
at 3:45 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To:

 

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik on the engagement of their daughter Chaya to Shmuly Lang.
  • Mrs. Robin Ferszt and the entire Ferszt family on the engagement of Natan to Moussie Lesches.
    The Lechaim will IY”H take place this Sunday, 14th of Kislev - Nov. 21 @ the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights, NY.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Revere on the upcoming marriage of their son Aaron to Chaya Finck.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg on the bris of their son Menachem Mendel.

 Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Mr. Israel Goldshmid - 15 Kislev
  • Rabbi Gershon Schusterman - 15 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Freeman - 17 Kislev
  • Levi Yitzchok Gross - 18 Kislev
  • Rabbi Fischel Grossman - 18 Kislev
  • Schneur Zalman Labkowsky - 18 Kislev
  • Mr. Steve Zipp - 18 Kislev
  • Mr. Martin Leaderman - 19 Kislev
  • Rabbi Schneur Zalman Schmukler - 19 Kislev

 Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moishe Carlebach - 14 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Solomon - 14 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Berkowitz - 19 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn - 19 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits:

  • R' Leib ben Julius Elson - 13 Kislev

Nichum Availim:

  • The Rose family is sitting shiva on the passing of Rabbi Rafael Rose o”h
    Phone: 347-374-5003
    Email: glendarose8@gmail.com
  • The Deitsch family is sitting shiva on the passing of Rabbi Levi Deitsch
    Email shaya@jewishmc.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehem besochom!!!

Weekly Thought Vayishlach

In this week’s Parsha the Torah relates how Yaakov sent messengers to Eisav; “Vayishlach Yaakov Malachim”. Rashi comments “Malachim mamash; real Angels” The Maggid, on Shabbos parshas Vayishlach תקל״ג 1772 the last Shabbos before his passing commented “the mamash of the Malachim- the body of the Malachim, not the soul”. Meaning, that just as a person has a soul and a body, so too a Malach has a body, made up of wind and fire, and a soul of life. It was only the body of the Angels that Yaakov sent to Eisav, but the soul remained with Yaakov.

How can we best understand this separation of body and soul that the Maggid describes? Is it not true that without a soul, a body is unusable? Is not the same true for a Malach?

Rashi’s explanation can be understood simply, that Yaakov needed to send Angels and not humans. If he sent human messengers he ran the risk of Eisav harming them either physically or spiritually. Therefore it would have seemingly been more advantageous to send the Angels with their souls to make as profound a spiritual effect as possible upon Eisav. So then why did the Maggid say that it needed to specifically be body of the Angels.

The Rebbe explained that in actuality Yaakov sent both aspects of the Malachim. What is meant here is that even though Yaakov sent them they remained inwardly bound to Yaakov all the while that they carried out their shlichus. In this sense their life force and being remained connected to Yaakov. And that was the only way that they could have an effect upon Eisav.

This is a clear lesson in carrying out the shlichus given to us by the Rebbe of Yifutzu Maynoseicha Chutza- spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus to bring Moshiach now. This is also directly related to Yud Teis Kislev the time when the full force of bringing the wellsprings of Chassidus to the outside to bring Moshiach began. Eisav, the eish sadeh- the man of the field represents the Chutza- the outside that we are charged to bring the wellsprings. Our neshamos are charged with a shlichus to convert the outside world, the‘sadeh’, to be a dira lo Yisborach- a dwelling place for Hashem’s presence. Our ability to accomplish this comes from being connected to the Rebbe, heart and soul. This connection permeates our mission with feeling, purpose and vitality.

This is the Maggid’s lesson to us. Our ‘mamash’, our bodies are out there in the outside involved with worldly affairs, but our inner being, heart and soul remains with the Rebbe. This means that we do not mix ourselves in to the shlichus, rather we carry him with us, as we are with him, into our shlichus. Through this we will fulfill our shlichus of Maynoseicha Chutza- spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus and bring ka Asi Mar, Melech HaMoshiach Now!

(Adapted from Likutei Sichos v. 10)

Shabbos Vayeitzei Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:33 pm
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 4:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:36 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:45 - 8:30 pm

Announcements

  • Thank you to Rabbi Bukiet for leading a beautiful Rosh Chodesh Kislev farbrengen this past Monday night.
  • This Sunday at the friendship circle walk there will be tables set up for Mivtzoim - men for mivtza tefilin. women for mivtza neshek. The Mivtzoim will be done in memory of Yossi Kreiman OBM. Sunday, Nov. 14 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Rancho Park.
  • Save the following dates for these upcoming shul events:
    Motzei Shabbos, Nov. 20th - Melava Malka for men & women in honor of 14 Kislev with Dr. David Luchins. Click here for more info.
    Thursday Night, Nov. 25th - Community-Wide Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for men & women with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel. Sponsored by Congregation Levi Yitzchok together with Ahavas Yisroel Synagogue, Bais Menachem, Congregation Bais Bezalel, Chabad of Beverly Hills, Chabad Israeli Center and Chabad of SOLA.
    Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 4th - Chanuka Party for men & women.
  • Please say Tehilim for Yehosefa Nechama Basya bas Leah Frayda, Shterna Soro Dono bas Minet and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Sholom Zochor

Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 461 N. Highland Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors

 

  • Mrs. Dorothy Grossman, Boruch Grossman and Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of their husband/father R' Nota Moshe ben R' Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also in honor of the birthdays of Mrs. Neshe Grossman and Tzvi Grossman. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski for R' Yisroel's grandfather's yahrtzeit. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Weiss's father R' Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben R' Menachem Monish ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of Rabbi Frankel's birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by: 

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmi Andrusier in honor of R' Yirmi's birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of their daughter Chaya's birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus uberuchniyus.

 

Women's Shabbos Shiur:

At the home of Mrs. Yocheved Lezak
423 N Fuller Ave.
at 3:30 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To:

 

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nootie Gross on the engagement of their son Aaron to Yehudis New.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Danny Fishman on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg on the birth of their son.

 Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Mr. Yirmiyahu Andrusier - 6 Kislev
  • Tzvi Grossman - 6 Kislev
  • Avremi Raichik - 6 Kislev
  • Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Simcha Boruch Frankel - 10 Kislev
  • Shmuel Thaler - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Moshe Levin - 11 Kislev
  • Mr. Yisroel Schochet - 12 Kislev

 Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yrachmiel Wolowik - 8 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chaya bas R' Sendor - 6 Kislev
  • R' Nota Moshe ben R' Tzvi Grossman - 7 Kislev
  • R' Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben R' Menachem Monish - 9 Kislev

Weekly Thought - Vayeitzei

In this week’s parsha the Torah tells how Yaakov slept on Har HaMoriah. There are two explanations of why the Torah specifically mentioned that he slept. The first is that that particular night he slept, but he did not sleep for the fourteen years he spent in the Yeshiva of Shem vEiver. The second explanation is that that particular night he slept, but he did not sleep for the twenty years he lived by Lavan.

There are two opinions given as to what Yaakov would say during the long nights he spent by Lavan. One answer is; Tehillim. The second answer given is; the fifteen Shir HaMaalos. It is understood why he picked Tehillim because Tehillim is Tefilla and it is in the place of Torah study. But why did he pick the fifteen Shir HaMaalos?

We are taught that Yaakov feared Lavan’s potentially bad influence on his children’s development. Lavan himself even declared that “your children are my children”. It was if Lavan was saying to Yaakov that he was a square old fashion person that he was unable to reach with his perspective. But the children he felt he could reach and teach them how to live in his new “modern” ways. Yaakov feared Lavan’s influence during the nights. These concerns kept him awake and saying Tehillim and the fifteen Shir HaMaalos.  The fifteen Shir HaMaalos represent the fifteen years that Avraham Yitzchok and Yaakov lived simultaneously in this world. Avraham was 100 when Yitzchok was born. Yitzchok was 60 when Yaakov was born. Therefore the first 15 years of Yaakov’s life, Avraham and Yitzchok were both alive. (This is also true of the first Fathers of Chassidus; the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid and the Alter Rebbe, who shared 15 years in this world together.) Yaakov needed to arouse the zechus of his forefathers, ‘Elokei Avraham’ and ‘Pachad Yitzchak’ to overcome this challenge.

In the service of Hashem the three fathers represent three soul powers; Avraham represents chesed, Yitzchok represents gevurah and Yaakov represents tiferes. Yaakov aroused all these powers to overcome Lavan and thereby secure that his children would become Tzadikim.

Shir HaMaalos also teaches us that although Yaakov knew he was in Lavan’s environment, he also knew it was temporary. This brought him simcha, Shir. This gave Yaakov the hope to soon return to his home. Yaakov’s influence permeated the lives of his children. By day they went to cheder, influenced by Yaakov. By night, Yaakov said Shir HaMaalos and thereby kept them above the influence of Lavan.

Our children are the Rebbe’s children. There are many temptations in the world, but those temptations ‘past nisht’- are not for the Rebbe’s children; they follow a higher standard, a Chassidishe hanhaga.

It is with great pride and simcha that we uphold that standard, and we need to instill that sense within our children so that they too include this perspective as they go forward in their lives. Just as Yaakov realized that he needed to influence his children to become Tzadikim, not just children of Avraham Yitzchok and Yaakov, but to also impact their actions. We need to know where our children are at night after yeshiva.

In today’s times we are confronted with notion of; ‘If it’s not against the law why can’t I do it?’ People want to build mosques at ground zero. The fact that it is not only insensitive but downright offensive doesn’t seem to have the impact it once did. What prevails in today’s environment is solely one’s ‘rights’ regardless of if it is fitting.

As the saying goes; “The things that are forbidden, are forbidden; the things that are permitted are unnecessary” Not just because it is allowed do we partake. As Chassidim, we proudly and happily go above and beyond the letter of the law.

This attitude is reflected in our minhagim. We only drink cholov yisroel, not chalov stam. We eat only shmurah matza, not machine matza. On Sukkos we buy yanover esrogim, not Israeli esrogim. For many people, that is their standard. For ourselves, we have a different standard.

We believe and we present this as our opportunity to uplift our environment. This is not viewed as being deprived; rather, we view it as being special. It is also the way that we present tznius. To be tznius means to be a princess, someone regal and special. To be a bachur in yeshiva, is to be someone special.

This approach is done with ‘shir- simcha’ and its ‘hamaalos- uplifting’. It connects us with the Avos. Yaakov was not brought down, chas v’Shalom, but went with simcha and bitachon that Hashem will help him to be successful.

(Adapted from Likutei Sichos v. 20)

Levaya Information for Yosef Kreiman A"H

 Bs"d 

We inform the community with deep sadness that the Levayah for Hachosson Hatomim Yosef Kreiman A"H will take place on Sunday, 30 Cheshvan/Nov. 7 at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad at 2:00 pm.  Kevurah will be at Mount Olive Cemetery, 7231 E. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90040 at 3:30 pm.  For directions click here.

The family will be sitting shiva at 180 S. Highland, Los Angeles.  Shacharis at 8:45 am.  Mincha at 4:45 pm.  Maariv Bizman. 

Hamakom Yenachaim Eschem Besoch Shaar Aveilei Tziyon V'Yerushalayim. Ad Mosai!

 

Shabbos Toldos Schedule:

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:38 pm
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Simcha Bart
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 5:35 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:41 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:45 - 8:30 pm
  • Motzei Shabbos - Turn Clocks Back One Hour
  • Molad Kislev - Shabbos, 9:04 pm + 3 Chalakim
    Rosh Chodesh Kislev - Sunday & Monday, Nov. 7 & 8

Announcements

  • Father & Son Learning started last motzei shabbos. Thank you Simcha Levenberg and Yecheskel Raeburn for all your help.
  • Save the following dates for these upcoming shul events:
    Monday Night, Nov. 8th - Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen for men. 8:30 in Shul.
    Motzei Shabbos, Nov. 20th - Melava Malka for men & women in honor of 14 Kislev with Dr. David Luchins. Click here for more info.
    Thursday Night, Nov. 25th - Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for men & women with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel.
    Motzei Shabbos, Dec. 4th - Chanuka Party for men & women.
  • Please say Tehilim for Yehosefa Nechama Basya bas Leah Frayda, Shterna Soro Dono bas Minet and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Kiddush Sponsors:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Schneerson's father R' Shmuel Gronim ben R' Yitzchok Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeits of Aryeh ben Yosef & Fraida Chaya bas Yaakov Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Woman's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson
364 N Fuller Ave.
at 4:30 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To

 Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Tzvi Ferszt - 30 Cheshvan
  • Yecheskel Pinson - 3 Kislev
  • Dr. Sholem Gimpel - 4 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yerachmiel Helfant - 5 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Plotke - 5 Kislev

 Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman - 30 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Goldman - 1 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Rafael Gutierrez - 3 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz - 4 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • R' Shmuel Gronim ben R' Yitzchok Meir - 1 Kislev
  • R' Avrohm Yisuchar ben R' Shlomo Yehuda Pelman - 2 Kislev

Weekly Thought

This week’s parsha is Toldos. Many questions arise when reading through the parsha. The Torah teaches us what holy neshamos Yitzchok and Rivka had. How could they have possibly ended up with a son like Eisav? It is not sufficient to answer this question by blaming Eisav’s poor character on the influence of his environment. The Torah teaches us that even in the womb, Eisav was predisposed to idolatry. He would kick, in an attempt to escape when his mother Rivka would pass a house of idolatry. (Yaakov would kick in an attempt to escape when she passed a Beis Medrash). Due to these prenatal experiences Rivka went to seek the advice of Shem. She was concerned, and wanted to know if she had a child with a dual personality! Shem answered that indeed she was carrying twins that were destined to become two separate nations. Since it was Eisav’s destiny to be who he became in the end, how can he be held responsible for his inborn character and the fact that he fell prey to the temptations of his environment? Rashi’s second explanation describes that the fighting of Yaakov and Eisav in the womb was over Olam Haba- the World to Come. Why would Eisav be interested in fighting for Olam Haba? The World to Come seemed clearly to be on the bottom of Eisav’s wish list!
On the pasuk “v’yigdalu ha’naarim- and the lads grew up” the Zohar states that as long as Avraham was alive, Eisav remained a great person. It was only after Avraham’s passing that Eisav turned against Hashem. The Zohar’s commentary seems to run contrary to the pasuk of “nisroziztu habanim- that they fought in the womb”, on Eisav’s part because he was predisposed toward idolatry and was pursuing it from the very beginning.
On the pasuk “Eila Toldos Yitzchok- these are the generations of Yitzchok” Rashi comments; “This is Yaakov and Eisav discussed in the parsha”. Why does Rashi teach us something we will come to know anyway by simply reading through the parsha?
These questions can be answered through the Rambam’s description of two types of individuals. The first is a “Chosid M’ulah- a refined person” and the second is a “Misgaber al Yitzro- an individual who struggles and overcomes his evil inclination.” These two types represent two approaches in the service of Hashem.
There is a saying; “maaseh avos siman l’banim- the deeds of our forefathers are a sign for the children”. This saying relates, that it is from observing the deeds of our forefathers we learn their impact upon the lives of later generations. Yaakov was an “Eish Tam yosheiv ohalim- a simple man that dwells in the tents”. Yaakov embodied the service of the Tzaddik, a person whose only desire is to do good deeds. This is the approach of a Chosid M’ulah a refined person. Eisav was an “Eish Sadeh- a man of the field”. This approach embodies that of the Misgaber al Yitzro- an individual who struggles and overcomes his evil inclination. This approach is similar to that of a Baal Teshuva, an individual constantly strengthening his service, to the point that nothing should weaken him. Eisav’s mission was to bring out his deep connection to Hashem, so much so, that even with the foreign influences of the world; he will be able to control himself and choose not sway from that connection. Therefore when he was in his mother’s womb under her holy influence Eisav already sensed his mission in this world. This is why that when his mother passed a house of idolatry, his movement was not to serve it, but to overcome the idolatry.
Eisav was an Eish Sadeh, and individual who knew how to be sly and use trickery. He had the strength and ability to appear on the outside like everyone else, but on the inside to remain a Yid, dedicated to Hashem. This is the Eisav of kedusha the path of a Misgaber al Yitzro- an individual who struggles and overcomes his evil inclination.
Yaakov’s approach is to be simple and straight forward, to always seek out higher and higher levels in the service of Hashem, this is the path of a Chosid M’ulah- a refined person .
This was the crux of their argument. Yaakov’s perspective of always ascending in his service of Hashem claimed entitlement to the portion in this world (“im ein kemach aiyn Torah- there cannot be Torah study in this world without a livelihood”) and the portion of the world to come. Eisav however, claimed it on the grounds that since his was the greater struggle, a Misgaber al Yitzro- an individual who struggles and overcomes his evil inclination, his was the higher of the two and therefore it was he that was entitled to a portion in this world as well as the world to come.
Now we can understand the Zohar. According to the Zohar, as long as Avraham was alive, he educated and influenced Eisav, and thereby brought out Eisav’s greatness, and therefore Eisav remained strong in matters of kedusha. When Avraham passed, Eisav no longer had that requisite strength and slipped and made poor choices due to his challenging predisposition as mentioned above.This is why Yitzchok wanted Eisav to have the brachos, that through them Eisav would have the necessary strength and elevation to return and endure in a service of kedusha.
This also the reason that Rashi explains in the pasuk; “Eila Toldos Yitzchok- these are the generations of Yitzchok” with “This is Yaakov and Eisav discussed in the parsha”. What is implied is that the Torah study of Yaakov will eventually have the impact upon the avodah of Eisav, to be a Misgaber al Yitzro- an individual who struggles and overcomes his evil inclination. It is Yaakov that will ultimately influence Eisav to achieve and maintain his rectification. For this reason it is he Yaakov who must come first, Yaakov and then Eisav, as Rashi says; “Yaakov and Eisav discussed in the parsha” meaning, as the Torah teaches that their unique approach to the service of Hashem should be completed.
If the brachos had gone directly to Eisav it would not have worked. This is because it would have either been too great of a revelation for Eisav to receive; or too difficult for him to properly integrate and use in a positive fashion. What is necessary is to have Yaakov, an Eish Tam, with a complete and straight forward service of Hashem that will be able to teach and strengthen Eisav in his unique service of Hashem. Eisav needs that influence to remain strong and successful in his service of Hashem.
The lesson for us is simple. We need to devote ourselves to making this world a dwelling place for Hashem. But first we need to exemplify the service of Yaakov, to learn Torah with purity. We also need to go out into the world, with worldly garments, the languages of the world. We nevertheless need to remain fully cognizant that they are only garments, and inside we remain like Yaakov dedicated to seeking out ever higher levels in the service of Hashem. Thereby we serve our purpose in the world to make every corner of the world a dwelling place for Hashem with the coming of Moshiach immediately.
(Adapted from Likutei Sichos v. 20)

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