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    Rabbi Amram Nemeth | Maggid Shiur Montefiore Kolel


    This weeks riddle is a bit different to the usual one

    This is the answer, but what is the question and how it is connected closely to this weeks Sedrah?

    ANSWER Either they were the people who carried the coffin of a very big Tzaddik or two brothers who were cousins of two

    brothersAny comments can be directed to

    Answer on page 7

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    Pirkei Avos

    People sometimes say that a difference between Yeshiva Bochurim and Kolel Avreichim is that Bochurim eat cholent on Thursday, Friday and Shabbos, whereas Avreichim eat it Shabbos, Sunday and Monday! However in Pre- war Radin and Moscow, culinary habits were apparently slightly different.

    The Chafetz Chaim ztl had a Yeshiva in Radin. Once he had to travel to Moscow, for a Yeshiva related matter. He asked the person who was arranging the meeting to have it in a quiet, low profile place. The Chafetz Chaim also had many friends and relatives in Moscow, but he asked this acquaintance not to inform them of his upcoming visit. He wanted to slip in and out of Moscow unnoticed. When he arrived, a family member found out that he was there and was very insulted that the Chafetz Chaim had not informed him of his trip. The Chafetz Chaim asked him if he ate kugel, to which he replied in the affirmative. The Chafetz Chaim then said:

    Presumably if you come into the kitchen on Friday afternoon to eat kugel, your wife will advise you to eat something else, as the kugel will be reserved for Shabbos. kavod is like kugel, its something that should be saved for a yom shekulo shabbos, Olam Haemes. If you enjoy to much of it in this world, you ruin the true Kovod in Olam Habah.

    A few years ago Dayan Lopian ztl was honoured as the guest of honour at the Edgware Kollel dinner. Just before he entered into the hall he turned to the person next to him and said You know what kavod

    does to your Olam Habah dont you? But I will do it for the sake of the Kollel

    When Hashem spoke to Moshe at the burning bush convincing him to take the Yidden out of Mitzrayim. Moshe said Mi Anochi Who am I? I am not fitting for such a grand job! Hashem answered him and said I will be with you and do you know what the sign is that you are fit for the job? When you come out you will serve me and receive the Torah on this mountain. What kind of answer is that? Moshe was unsure whether he was suitable or not, how did Hashem calm him by telling him that he will get the Torah on Har Sinai.

    Answers Rabbi Zalman Soroztkin ztl, Moshe thought that Hashem needed some mighty person to take the Bnei Yisrael out, someone who will be able to have some fierce dialogues with Pharaoh. Hashem said to him on the contrary my Shechinah rests on people who think they are not worthy, and are of humble spirit, you are exactly the man I am looking for! The biggest proof is that I am giving the Torah, my covenant on the smallest mountain, as is evident from the song we all learnt in kindergarten.

    The Torah tells us in this weeks Parsha that Moshe was Anav Mikol Adam1. But now we understand that this was not just a nice character trait that he had. This is what caused him to be the one who accepted the Torah on behalf of Klal Yisrael and lead then out of Mitzrayim. If we want to achieve heights in Torah then we have to be of humble spirit, then the Shechinah will rest upon us and give us the ability to succeed in our learning.

    1 Bamidbar 12:3

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    1. What is the connection between Parshas Behaaloscha and the haftora?



    Rabbi Amram Landau | Hasmonean High School



    Towards the end of this weeks sedra, we see a remarkable episode, involving two mysterious characters Eldad and Meidad, who prophesysomething. Yehoshua incensed about their words asks for permission to silence them: . Moshe responds with the words, If only the whole of Hashems people would be prophets, that He would put His spirit upon them.

    What were these words which

    Yehoshua was so worried about?

    And if they were so bad, why was

    Moshe happy about them?

    Chazal tell us that they had

    uttered the phrase

    Moshe will die and Yehoshua will

    take [the Bnei Yisrael] in [to Eretz

    Yisrael]. This, of course would be

    why Yehoshua was upset. How

    could they say such things about

    his beloved Rebbe? At the same

    time, Moshe knew that he was not

    destined to enter Eretz Yisrael and

    the fact that Eldad and Meidad were

    saying this, meant that there more

    people on a high spiritual level in

    his consistent altruistic manner, he

    is not losing anything only seeing

    the good.

    On a deeper level, I heard many

    years ago an astonishing idea in

    the name of the Gra. Where did

    Chazal derive the fact that they

    were prophesying Moshe will die

    and Yehoshua will take them into

    the land? The answer can be found

    in the pasuk where it tells us of the


    what does it mean that they were

    prophesying in the camp? Where


    If you look all the way back in

    Shemos, when Moshe was born, we

    find that the reason that Pharaohs

    daughter named him Moshe (and

    significantly, of all his ten names,

    the one which we know him by,

    was his Egyptian appellation

    significant for this idea) was

    For I drew him out of

    the water water which would also

    be his downfall, as is known by all

    But why from the water

    surely just say

    from water, just rub out the extra

    from the phrase.

    Herein lies the secret Eldad and

    Meidad realised that the origins of

    Moshe being drawn out of the water

    also hinted at his punishment

    can be understood as =

    with, = rub out the letters

    . In which case we have been left

    with stands for


    Moshe responded to Yehoshua

    if only all the people had such

    insight indeed insight to not be

    afraid of saying something which

    was true, as it was the words

    of ! And indeed, Moshe was not

    afraid to accept the words a real


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    The sedra this week commences with a narrative detailing the lighting of the menorah which took place in the mishkan. The sedra last week closed with the description of the 12 tribes consecration of the mishkan what is the connection between these two sections?

    Rashi offers an explanation which helps us to understand the connection:

    Why is the section detailing the offerings of the nesiim juxtaposed with that of the details of the menorah? Because when Aharon observed the dedication of the mishkan by the nesiim, he was disappointed that he was not given an opportunity to participate in the dedication of the mishkan. Seeing Aharons disappointment, Hashem said to him, By your life, your role is far greater than theirs for you are to be responsible for kindling the lights of the menorah throughout the existence of the mishkan and batei mikdash.

    The Ramban and the Ohr HaChaim are puzzled by Rashis comment. Though these words seem deep at first glance, it doesnt seem at all clear how they provide Aharon with any consolation. He understands that it will be shevet levi who will officiate in the mishkan that wasnt the issue. His concern was not being able to

    participate in the dedication of the mishkan.

    Moreover, why should it be the service of the menorah in particular, that Hashem mentions in attempting to placate Aharon why not the ketores, or the korbanos?

    There is a profound message here, which provides meaning for own lives.

    We have a tendency to be moved by high profile occasions, yet the excitement loses potency and within a short space of time we are left with the same lo