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Parsha of the Week

         Hashem's Prophecy to Balaam was introduced by ויקר (Vayikra without an Alph).While Hashem's Prophecy to Moshe was introduced by ויקרא (Vayikra with an Alph).There is a question which arises,  why is the word ויקרא spelled in the Torah with a small Alph ? The Baal Ha Turim explains that after the fact that Hashem instructed Moshe to write an Alph as an expression of affection, Moshe humbly wrote a small Alph. Furthermore Rabbi Buam of P'schishca explains that Alph means to teach, Thus implying that one should learn to always be small and humble like the small Alph.  

Shabbat Shalom! Have a Good Shabbos!

        To make up all the times I said a short Shabbos Dvar Torah, here is a really long one
I will say my Dvar Torah from my Parshas Vayeshev, in the Sefer Breishis, Perek: Mem, Passuk Chuf-Gimmel .

        What’s going on? Well, the bread baker and the wine maker served Paraoh. The bread, in which the bread baker made, contained a pebble. Paraoh saw the pebble and then sent the bread baker into the dungeon, or jail. Later on the wine maker sent Paraoh wine to drink. A fly flew in the wine cup, and the fly died inside the wine cup. The king sent the wine maker off to the dungeon as well. Now, there were three people in the dungeon - they were the bread baker, the wine maker, and Yosef. Yosef was there unjustly, because Potifar, his boss, and Potifar’s wife, made a false accusation against him. 

        One morning the wine maker and the bread baker looked upset and so Yosef asked them what happened. They both said that they had weird dreams which bothered them. Yosef first asked the wine maker about his dream. And the wine maker told Yosef what he dreamt. He saw in his dream three cups of wine, and he didn’t understand what it meant. Yosef said that the three cups of wine stand for three days. That is when Paraoh will take you out of jail, and return you to your old position as a wine maker, and you will serve him once again. The bread baker saw that Yosef interpreted the wine maker’s dream, so he told Yosef about his strange dream, where he saw three baskets, but he did not understand what it meant.  Yosef said that the three baskets in your dream are also referring to three days. That is when Paraoh will take you out of the dungeon also. He will hang you from your head on a tree and birds will eat your flesh. The difference between the two is, that it wasn’t the wine maker’s fault that the fly flew inside the wine cup, but somehow, the bread baker should check and know if there is a pebble in the dough when he baked the bread. That is why the wine maker was freed, and the bread baker was hunged.
It says in the Sefer Breishis, Perek: Mem, Passuk Chuf-Gimmel: that the wine maker did not remember Yosef, when he was freed, but instead he forgot him. 
        The question which arises is, how could the wine maker forget Yosef so quickly? The answer to this question is, that since Yosef told the wine maker to remember him, and to mention his name to Paraoh, he was punished. Why was he punished? Yosef should have more Emunah and faith in Hashem, and he should not have relied on the wine maker or any of his favors. So another question which arises is, why didn’t Yosef have the Emunah and faith in Hashem that Hashem would take him out of the dungeon? Some Rabbis say, that he didn’t want to rely on a miracle to save him. So then another question arises, why did Hashem punish Yosef and make him stay an extra two years in prison? The answer given is that even though Yosef felt that he should not rely on a miracle only, he was wrong. He should have realized that Hashem was watching and helping him on a very personal, unusual, and direct level from the time his brothers threw him in the pit, even until now. He had been saved so many times by Hashem, he did not need the wine maker now.Here are some examples that show that Hashem was always with him in a very special way. When Yosef’s brothers threw him in a pit with snakes and scorpions, all these animals went away from him, instead of killing him. Another example is when Yosef was sold to the Arab spice merchants, the wagon in which he had to travel with them smelled nicely, instead of the usual foul smell of Arab merchandise. Another example is when Yosef was sold to Potiphar in Egypt, Yosef was placed in a high position instead of a low position job. There are even more examples that Hashem was watching Yosef. When Yosef was sent to jail, he was not with the hardened criminals, but he was with the political prisoners, such as the bread bakers and wine makers, who committed smaller and not such dangerous crimes. Therefore, he should have realized that Hashem was with him all along, with a high and special protection of Hashkacha Protis.  Yosef should not have asked the wine steward to remember him and ask Paraoh to save him. We, however, can not judge Yosef, because sometimes there is a very fine line between doing actions and having faith, and sometimes it is really difficult to decide what to do. It is also just as difficult to understand how much action one should take and how much faith one should have, and what is the proper balance between the two. Hopefully, we will never be put to such a test.

Shabbat Shalom! Have a Good Shabbos!

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This week's parsha is parshas Toldot, we learn that says that Yitzhak the son of Avraham and Avraham the father of Yitzhak It says in the Midrash when Avraham and Sarah were going to Avi-melech, Avraham told Sarah if they ask you if tell them that you are my sister. Avi-melech took Sarah home for one night and Hashem gave him and everyone in the kingdom Leprosy. Hashem came to Avi-Melech and said you took Sarah the wife of Avraham and that is why you got cursed,  Avi-Melech said but i did not know that Sarah is the wife of Avraham, Hashem said you are right. After one month Sarah became pregnant and the mockers said Avraham and Sarah were married so long and now Sarah is pregnant they said no it might be Avi-Melech's kid but Hashem made it that Avraham and his son Yitzhak were like twins, after a while Avraham asked Hashem that him and his son Yitzhak should not look like each other because when Yitzhak went somewhere people would stand up for him thinking Yitzhak is really Avraham. This is not honer for Avraham. So Hashem made Avraham the first old person. Before this people who where one hundred looked like the age of a twenty years old person. 

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There is a question about what is significant about Sarahs age when she died?

Sarah lived one hundred twenty seven years. When Sarah was one hundred and over she was like twenty years old with no sins (averot) . when Sarah was twenty years old she was like a seven year old because of her beauty.  

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        This weeks parsha is Parshas Vayera. The story takes place on the 3rd day after Avrahams breit. This is the most painful day after a breit. So Hashem decided to make it a really hot day, this way Avraham would not have to have any guests and can relax. However Avraham was mad because no guests were coming, so hashem sent him 3 angles. Their names were Gabriel, Michael, and Rephael. When Avraham saw them he thought they were Arabs, so he told them to wash their feet before coming in, because Arabs worship G-d's and they are Tumeh (spiritually unclean).After Avraham served them they reveled themselves as angles from Hashem and they said what they were told to say. Gabriel said he was sent to destroy Sedom. Michael said he was sent to cure Avraham. Rephael said he was sent to say that Sarah will have a baby boy in One year.

        The lesson from this is that you should treat Non- Jewish people nicely and treat them like you


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This week’s parsha is parshas Lech-Lecha, and Avraham was the first person to figure out that Hashem existed by himself.
How do we know that our G-d is The G-d?
If you actually take your time and think about it every single religion except of Judaism started with one or two people. For Example
 1. Mormons started off with a man claiming that he found gold tablets with words in a language he didn’t know and next to it was a dictionary that translated the tablets and then the man burnt the gold tablets and the dictionary. He wrote a book about what happened with his friend. They “died” and a man found it and said it was their religion.

2. Christians-Jesus was crucified, 30 years later a man named Shual claimed the he saw Jesus walking alive. Shual changed his name to Paul Johnson, and wrote many books. Paul claimed that Jesus told him the stories and the laws. 
3. Jews-believe (all Jews, reform, conservative …) That Hashem spoke to all three million Jews at The Mount Sini.

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This weeks parsha is parshas Noach. Instead of doing a normal Dvar Torah about the parsha, because it is the binging of the Torah I will write (talk) about the proofs of G-d.

Before you can say Hashem made the world,you should ask yourself, Is Christianity real? Is Judaism real? How do I really know. I have two examples about the proofs of G-d.

Example number one is that someone designed this room we are in for example that picture over there. I mean do you really think that somehow many different colors just happened to go on the canvas to look exactly like the picture.Wait a second how was the canvas made? A person who don't believe in G-d or G-ds would say oh little particles fly towards each other and the particles mixed and became a canvas.

Example number two is the following: Imagine that you are in a forest not far from a place which many tornadoes occur.You are walking in the forest and you see a new camera. How did it get there?  An atheist would say the tornado had metal pieces inside it and they mixed which caused a new camera, but how did the camera get in the middle of the forest An atheist would say the tornado threw the camera in the forest.

Scientists say that the chance for a non-living thing to become living is 120,000    

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Check this out.

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Q) When is the Hebrew date for Yom Kippur and why is it a day for Teshuva?
A) Yom Kippur is on the Tenth of Tishri.
Q) Why is it a day for Teshuva?
A) It is a day for Teshuva because Moshe came down with the new tablets.
Q) What are the Aseres Y'mei Teshuva?
A) The Ten days of repentance.
Q)  What are Kaparot?
A)  Kaparot Are chickens or money that use wave over your head while saying a blessing, to take away your sins and the chicken or money gets the sins.
Q)  What should one do if their friend does forgive them?
A) One should ask them three time at three different times, places, and days.
Q)  What do we add to prayers on Erev (before) Yom Kippur?
A) We add Confession to the prayers in case it is impossible for some one to say it on Yom Kippur.


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  • The first night of Rosh Hashana

  1. People have a custom to dip apple in honey so that you may have a sweet year.
  2. There is a custom to not eat nuts on Rosh Hashana because in Hebrew the word nut and the word sin is compared to each other because they are equal to the same number.
  3. There is a Blessing you should give to everyone you see.

  •  Rosh Hashana Prayers

 Some married men wear a Kittel on Rosh Hashana
1. They wear a Kittel to look like an angle
2. To remind us that it’s a serious day because people are buried in a Kittel

  • Shofar
  1.  You are supposed to hear 100 Shofar blasts, but if you can’t you at least have to hear 30 blasts
  2.  If you hear an echo of a shofar blast it doesn’t count
  3.  You are supposed to stand for the shofar blowing
  4.  You can’t talk from the first shofar blow until the last shofar blow.
  5.  What do you do if you use the restroom and come out during the shofar blows, can you say asher yozar? Yes
  6.  If Rosh Hashana is on shabbos can you blow the shofar? No because you might forget that it is shabbos and on shabbos you can’t carry

  •  Rosh Hashana Afternoon

  1.  On Rosh Hashana Afternoon you should feel happy that Hashem accepted your tefila.
  2.  It’s a custom not to sleep on Rosh Hashana Afternoon because should be scared that you are being judged.

  •  Tashalich
  1.  Why do we go to a river for Tashalich? There is a custom that we would crown our king by the river and so we are asking Hashem that even though we sinned we still want you as our king.
  2.  We do Tashlich after mincha on the 1st day of Rosh Hashana