Friday 31 July 2020

Motzei Shabbos Kumzits!

SCHC - My father was a Nazi. I served in the IDF

The son of a decorated German officer, Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger was forced at a young age to confront his father's unbroken allegiance to the Nazis. His journey ultimately led him to convert to Judaism and serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
Facebook Live
Free event but tickets need to be pre-booked www.trybooking.com/BKMFW
(zoom link will be sent closer to event)
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020 AT 8 PM – 9 PM 




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Kabbalah on Marriage

Tikvah Lekallah


TIKVAH LEKALLAH
Tu B'Av kicks off our 2020 charity campaign. 
With your generosity we will be able to give some assistance for young couples getting married in these uncertain times. 
Please join us on Sunday to provide a discreet helping hand to ensure that the celebration of the young couples new home is a joyful one.





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Seeking a Davening Partner

Seeking a dedicated and reliable Ravening partner for a 30 year old male. 
Weekdays from 7:30am-8:30am. 
Your role will be to assist the gentleman with his morning prayers as well as overseeing his morning routine at his welcoming home in East St Kilda. 
Knowing the standard tunes from school and Gan Yisroel camps is essential, as well as encouraging slow and correct Hebrew reading with an Ashkenazi pronunciation. 
Generous remuneration for your time. Safety Screening (including a police check and 2 referees required). Please contact Amy (Consultant, The LMC Group) via email amy@thelmcgroup.com.au or phone 0401 608 930.





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Lift magazine

On behalf of Kollel Menachem, we are delighted to present you with our first edition of 'Lift' Magazine (click here to view).  

At times like these, the Kollel continues to present many live Torah learning opportunities and we are determined to diversify our offerings by now including this high quality magazine on a monthly basis. We trust you will enjoy the many topical articles thoroughly researched and put together by our Kollel Rabbis. 

We thank the community for their ongoing and generous support, partnering with us in delivering this and many other valuable projects. 





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PROPERTY: 3-bedroom unit for lease St Kilda East

A large, bright and family-friendly 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with lounge & dining room in coveted Meadow Street, St Kilda East will become available in late August 2020. This lovely unit has a north facing courtyard and includes a garage for one large vehicle and loads of shelved storage space. $675 per week for 12 month term or negotiable for a shorter term. For more details or to organise an immediate inspection, please phone or SMS 0412 128 222 




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Shabbos Tzetl: Vaetchanan & 'Nachamu'

CANDLE LIGHTING 
5:14pm - Candle Lighting, Friday.
6:14pm - Havdalah, Saturday.
These times are for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Eruv Status: KOSHER
Shabbat Shalom! 

The Shabbat after the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Nachamu ("Shabbat of Consolation") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"). This is the first of the series of readings known as "The Seven of Consolation" read in the seven weeks from the Ninth of Av to Rosh Hashanah.

Links:
Seven Degrees of Consolation
Consolation
Shabbat Nachmu


YESHIVA SHULE TIMES

Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shabbos Nachamu, Parshas Voeschanan.

Please click here to view the PDFs of the Weekly Publications previously distributed in Shule each Shabbos.



PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL
Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored G‑d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but G‑d refused, instructing him instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land.

Continuing his "review of the Torah," Moses describes the Exodus from Egypt and the Giving of the Torah, declaring them unprecedented events in human history. "Has there ever occurred this great thing, or has the likes of it ever been heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of G‑d speaking out of the midst of the fire . . . and live? . . . You were shown, to know, that the L‑rd is G‑d . . . there is none else beside Him."

Moses predicts that in future generations the people will turn away from G‑d, worship idols, and be exiled from their land and scattered amongst the nations; but from there they will seek G‑d, and return to obey His commandments.

Our Parshah also includes a repetition of the Ten Commandments, and the verses of the Shema, which declare the fundamentals of the Jewish faith: the unity of G‑d ("Hear O Israel: the L‑rd our G‑d, the L‑rd is one"); the mitzvot to love G‑d, to study His Torah, and to bind "these words" as tefillin on our arms and heads, and inscribe them in the mezuzot affixed on the doorposts of our homes.



HAFTORAH IN A NUTSHELL
This week's haftorah is the first of a series of seven "haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha B'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

This section of Isaiah begins with G‑d's exhortation to the prophets: "Console, O console My people . . . Announce to Jerusalem that her period of exile has been fulfilled and that her sins have been forgiven."

Isaiah's prophecy describes some of the miraculous events that will unfold with the onset of the messianic era, such as the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, the revelation of G‑d's glory, and the rewards and retribution that will then be meted out.

The prophet then goes on to comfort the people, describing G‑d's power and might, and reassuring them of His care for His people.



SAGES ON THE PARSHAH

I beseeched G‑d at that time (Deuteronomy 3:23)

Prayer is called by ten names: cryhowlgroansongencounterstrictureprostrationjudgment and beseeching.

[These synonyms for prayer are derived from: Exodus 2:23–24, Jeremiah 7:16Psalms 18:6Deuteronomy 9:25Psalms 106:30 and Deuteronomy 3:23.]

(Midrash Rabbah)

Prayer is called by [thirteen] names: cry, howl, groan, stricture, song, prostration, encounter, judgment, entreatystandingappeal and beseeching.

[The additional synonyms in this Midrash are from Genesis 25:21Psalms 106:30 and Exodus 32:11.]

(Sifri)

https://w2.chabad.org/media/pdf/116357.pdf



LAMPLIGHTER
ZICHRON YAAKOV


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY





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    Mazaltov! Baby GIRL! Ajzenszmidt πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

    BS'D

    MAZALTOV


    Boruch Sholom (Buzzy) and Chaya Ajzenszmidt

    are thrilled to announce the arrival of

    A Baby GIRL

    Rivka Ajzenszmidt

    in (Ohio USA)


    Mazaltov to the Grandparents
    Seemah Ajzenszmidt (Melbourne)
    Rachel and Moshe Ajzenszmidt (Jerusalem) Meir and Pat Schwabinger (Arizona USA)


    Mazaltov to the GreatGrandparents
    Rosalind Blatt (NSW)
    Brian Blatt (Qld)


    Mazaltov to the 
    GreatGreatGrandmother Tiny Joseph (NSW)






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    Wednesday 29 July 2020

    It's a boy! Jones πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

    Χ‘"Χ”

    ΧžΧ–Χœ Χ˜Χ•Χ‘

    With gratitude to Hashem
    Daniel and Ariella Jones (Melbourne)
    on the birth of their baby boy

    A warm Mazel Tov to the grandparents
    Yosef Moshe & Sandie Klein
    Ian & Alison Jones

    also a warm Mazel Tov to the great grandfather 
    Ian Joseph

    May the newborn be a source of nachas to his parents and grandparents
    May he grow up to be zochoh to Torah, chuppah and maasim tovim




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    BDE: Harold (Herschel) Keddie A'H

    Boruch Dayan HoEmes

    With deep sorrow we announce the passing of

    Harold (Herschel) Keddie A'H

    The levaiah was held at MCK Cemetery Springvale on Wednesday July 29 at 2:00pm

    Husband of Sonia
    Father of Steven, Darren, Jason & Barbara
    Grandfather of 11 grandchildren K"H

    Condolence messages may be sent to bkeddie79@hotmail.com.




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    Tisha b'Av Community Events & Activities

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    With thanks to Rabbi Ronnie Figdor

    Tisha b'Av Tzetl - Times & Information

    Please see our website for many community events & activities for Tisha b'Av...


    Fast begins: Wednesday 5:31pm
    Fast ends: Thursday 6:00pm


    Laws and Customs (WEDNESDAY)
    Starting in the afternoon, Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.

    The fast of Tishah B'Av begins this evening at sunset.

    Some of the fast's mourning practices--such as refraining from Torah study other than texts related to the events and nature of the fast day--are observed beginning from midday today.

    The final meal before the start of the fast, eaten shortly before sunset, is called seudah hamafseket. Only one cooked food is eaten at this meal, customarily an egg dipped in ashes.

    "Eichah"--the Book of Lamentations--is read tonight in the synagogue after evening prayers.

    See "Laws and Customs" for tomorrow, Av 9, for the particular observances of the fast day.

    Links:
    Mitzvah Minute: Tisha b'Av
    Laws of Tishah B'Av




    Laws and Customs (THURSDAY)

    Mourning the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, (see "Today in Jewish History") we abstain from eating and drinking, bathing, the wearing of leather footwear, and marital relations--for the night and day of Av 9 (i.e., from sundown on Av 8 to nightfall on Av 9). It is customary to sit on the floor or a low seat until after mid-day. Torah study is restricted to laws of mourning, passages describing the destruction of the Temple, and the like. The tefillin are worn only during the afternoon Minchah prayers. (For more laws and customs see link below.)

    Links:
    Mitzvah Minute: Tisha b'Av
    Laws of Tishah B'Av

    Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.




    Jewish History

    On the Ninth of Av of the year 2449 from creation (1312 BCE), the generation of Jews who came out of Egypt under Moses' leadership 16 months earlier were condemned to die in the desert and the entry into the Land of Israel was delayed for 40 years.

    As related in Numbers 14, when the Spies that Moses sent to the Land of Canaan returned with their disheartening report (see "Today in Jewish History" for yesterday, Av 8), the people wept all night -- the night of Av 9th -- proclaiming that they'd rather return to Egypt than attempt to conquer and settle it; G-d decreed that the entire generation would wander in the desert for 40 years until the last of them died out, and that their children, under the leadership of Joshua, will enter the land He promised as Israel's heritage.

    This is the first of five national tragedies that occurred on Av 9 listed by the Talmud (Taanit 4:6), due to which the day was designated as a fast day. The other four are: the destruction of the two Temples, the fall of Betar, and the plowing over of Jerusalem. (see below)

    Links: The Spies

    Both the first and second Holy Temples which stood in Jerusalem were destroyed on Av 9: the First Temple by the Babylonians in the year 3338 from creation (423 BCE), and the second by the Romans in 3829 (69 CE).

    The Temples' destruction represents the greatest tragedy in Jewish history, for it marks our descent into Galut--the state of physical exile and spiritual displacement in which we still find ourselves today. Thus the Destruction is mourned as a tragedy that affects our lives today, 2,000 years later, no less than the very generation that experienced it first hand.

    Yet the Ninth of Av is also a day of hope. The Talmud relates that Moshiach ("anointed one"--the Messiah), was born at the very moment that the Temple was set aflame and the Galut began. [This is in keeping with the teachings of our sages that, "In every generation is born a descendent of Judah who is worthy to become Israel's Moshiach" (Bartinoro on Ruth); "When the time will come, G-d will reveal Himself to him and send him, and then the spirit of Moshiach, which is hidden and secreted on high, will be manifested in him" (Chattam Sofer).]

    Links:
    The Holy Temple: an Anthology
    Moshiach: an Anthology
    Moshiach and the Future Redemption
    See "Laws and Customs"

    Betar, the last stronghold in the heroic Bar Kochba rebellion, fell to the Romans on the 9th of Av of the year 3893 (133 CE) after a three-year siege. 580,000 Jews died by starvation or the sword, including Bar Kochba, the leader of the rebellion.

    Link: A Talmudic account of the fall of Betar

    On this date in 1290, King Edward I of England issued an Edict of Expulsion, ordering the expulsion of all Jews from his territory.

    The Jews of Spain were expelled by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella on the 9th of Av of 1492, terminating many centuries of flourishing Jewish life in that country.

    Passing of R. Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, the "Seer" of Lublin (1815)

    R. Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz (1745–1815), known as the "Seer of Lublin," was the successor to R. Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717–1787), and a major personality in the spread of the chassidic movement throughout Poland. Many of the great Chassidic masters of the time were his disciples. Many of his insights were published posthumously in Divrei Emmet, Zichron Zot, and Zot Zichron.

    Link: The ClockCrossroads PuzzleThe One That Nearly Got Away





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    Kabbalah on Marriage

    Inclusion Support Educator

    Alef Early Learning Centre is seeking an assistant educator in the Toddler Room to provide additional support. This is a part time position, available until December 2020 with opportunities for growth. A Certificate 3 in children's services is preferable but not essential. Please email info@alefelc.org.au for more information or to apply.




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    Tisha b'Av - DaMinyan






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    Tisha B'Av - Yeshivah Shule

    Yeshivah Shule will be having a Zoom Minyan for Maariv followed by Megillas Eicha
    Wednesday, Tisha B'Av, July 29th at 6:00pm,
    followed by a video presention

    ZOOM LINK

    MEETING ID
    844 3122 1145




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    Tuesday 28 July 2020

    Wednesday Morning Parsha Shiur

    "Following in the Footsteps of our Forefathers"
    the weekly Parsha Shiur in memory of
    Shuli Mehlman, Liba Gutnick & Yael Bloch A"H
    Wednesday mornings at 11am. 
    All ladies & girls welcome.

    Wednesday July 29, 11am -  Rabbi Velly Slavin
    'FROM HEARING TO LISTENING'
    How to truly "get" something

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 364 393 514
    Dial by your location
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    Recording of this shiur will be sent to this group when available.




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    SCHC - Tisha B’Av with Miriam Tekuzener

    South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
    Tisha B'Av with Miriam Tekuzener

    Join us to commemorate Tisha B'Av with a virtual Maariv and reading of Eicha follow by an inspiring talk by Miriam Tekuzener!
    Miriam has been a tour educator for over 12 years including Birthright, March of the Living and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. She is currently the Director of Israel education on Tichon Ramah Yerushalim- TRY.
    Miriam was born in the USA but moved to Jerusalem when she was just a few weeks old. She lives in Jerusalem and is what we call a full 'Yerushalmit', from the Friday afternoon hummus and kubbeh soup, to never missing a Hapoel Yerushalayim basketball game
    WEDNESDAY  29 JULY AT 7:15 PM
    Zoom ID 954 685 678 
    Password SCHC




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    Chicks

    Chicks for GIVEAWAY to a good home!

    Does anyone have a safe chicken coop and would like to add to their collection of chickens?

    Pls contact me on 0422886794.




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    Hamayan Tisha B'av Program

    Wednesday evening 
    7.30pm Joe Lederman 
    From a Valley of Death- Memories & Revival
    8pm Eicha; read by Dr Gideon Pinczower, with brief explanations from Rabbi Dovid L Shmerling 
    8.30pm David Solomon
    With prayers for immediate redemption.




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    Urgent Israel Appeal

    Due to the deteriorating situation, in Israel, that hundreds of families have lost their income
    Therefore, we have no choice but to turn to our brothers in exile with a cry, in an emergency appeal between all who's heart is open, for 72 hours, so that we can continue our mission,
    And supply some of the food and food cards in supermarkets, as well as bread and milk, for children, and for basic needs
    And we ask of you from the depths of our hearts, please reach your hand to help my brothers. And do not stand by, because their hearts are bleeding, and we could help them with your help. 
    Please Donate Here:  https://www.charidy.com/damacheiny/34   
     Or you can donate thru to get an Australian Tax deductible receipt
    Please put a note Ahavas Chesed and let us know at chesedau@gmail.com

    Your friends
    Yisroel Friedman-Bnei Brak



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    Donation for Midreshet HaRova

    Thank you for your support!
    Midreshet HaRova




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    Looking to rent a house

    Looking to rent a 3 or 4 bedroom house in Caulfield or Caulfield North.
    Long term preferred.
    Please text address & price to 0492 994 288




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    Monday 27 July 2020

    YouTube Stories for Tisha B'Av - The Soul of Jerusalem

    Enjoy some stories I am in the process of recording on YouTube especially in preparation for Tisha b'Av
    (subscribe to my YouTube channel too!)

    I will be live for much of the night and day on Tisha b'Av on YouTube reading more of the book, other sources and for general discussion.

    Regards
    Pesach




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    New Inkerman Drycleaners specialises in TALLISIM, TZITZIT & CAPOTE

    Please note that as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE we shall CONTINUE TO TRADE during the lockdown. .
    We Specialise in TALLISIM, TZITZIT, SHIRTS & CAPOTE  
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    Masks for the community

    William Klein is here to help during these unprecedented times.

    Check out our website for quality disposable masks with free delivery Australia wide for $29 a box of 50 masks. 

    Note: Delivery will become free on the website once your address is put in.

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    SCHC - Understanding the Amidah - Part 2

    South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation - Understanding the Amidah - Part 2
    The pinnacle part of our daily prayer, the Amidah, is often misunderstood. Join Rabbi Rabin for a two week series (as part of his weekly Tuesday night class) as he explores and explains this most beautiful and inspiring prayer
    Tuesday  28 July at 8 PM – 9 PM
    Facebook Live
    Zoom ID 898 0199 4508
    Password SCHC




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    St Kilda Shule Shiurim

    St Kilda Shule: Kabbalah Shiur
    St Kilda Shule's Rabbi Yaakov Glasman presents his Kabbalah Shiur, 'Why was there no echo at Sinai', Monday July 27, 7.45pm on zoom.us/j/329879754

    St Kilda Shule: Tisha B'Av Shiur
    St Kilda Shule's Rabbi Hillel Nagel presents a special Tisha B'Ave Shiur with guest presenter Rabbi Alex Holzer, 'Smiling through destruction', Tuesday July 28, 7.30pm on zoom.us/j/720080464




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    ***SHORT/MEDIUM TERM HOUSE RENTAL IN CAULFIELD NORTH***

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    Tikvah Lekallah






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    DaMinyan events





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    Friday 24 July 2020

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    Kumzits for the Soul II (next week!)

    Next Motza'sh!



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    SCHC - The Travelling Rabbi

    South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation - The Travelling Rabbi

    Join us to hear tales from the "Travelling Rabbi", Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft. 
    Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, widely known as 'The Travelling Rabbi', is the spiritual leader of the Country Communities Department of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the African Jewish Congress. His 'territory' encompasses thirteen countries - the entire African continent south of the Sahara - as well as the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar and Mauritius. The seventh in a line of country community rabbis, Rabbi Silberhaft has injected his youth, passion and love of people into his work, extending his post into a legendary one. This has gained him the respect and acknowledgement of people from all walks of life, including Queen Elizabeth II, who expressed surprise, on his invitation to Buckingham Palace, that 'such a young man' was at the helm of so important a mission. The Travelling Rabbi has many facets - spiritual leader and oneman Chevrah Kadisha, caring for the graves of the forgotten and tracing their descendants, as well as the 'Romantic Rabbi' who performs wedding ceremonies, whether on a beach in Mauritius at sunset or at the foot of the Twelve Apostles in Cape Town. He is also a caterer, a counsellor, a teacher; but, above all, he is a friend. Many once-thriving Jewish communities in small towns in South Africa and in other African countries have disappeared and their synagogues closed as people moved to the main cities or emigrated.

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8 PM

    Zoom Id 836 0829 4508

    Password SCHC





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    Shabbos Tzetl: Devarim & Chazon

    CANDLE LIGHTING 
    5:09pm - Candle Lighting, Friday.
    6:09pm - Havdalah, Saturday.
    These times are for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
    Eruv Status: KOSHER
    Shabbat Shalom! 


    The Shabbat before the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon ("Shabbat of Vision") after the opening words of the day's reading from the prophets ("haftara"), which is the third of the series of readings known as "The Three of Rebuke." On this Shabbat, say the Chassidic masters, we are granted a vision of the Third Temple; we may not see it with our physical eyes, but our souls see it, and are empowered to break free of our present state of galut (exile and spiritual displacement) and bring about the Redemption and the rebuilding of the Temple.

    Links:
    The Holy Temple: an Anthology
    Shabbat of Vision
    About the "Three of Rebuke"
    http://www.thethreeweeks.com



    YESHIVA SHULE TIMES

    Please click here to view the Yeshivah Shule Tzetel for Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devorim.

    Please click here to view the PDFs of the Weekly Publications previously distributed in Shule each Shabbos.



    PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL
    On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in the course of their forty-year journey from Egypt to Sinai to the Promised Land, rebuking the people for their failings and iniquities, and enjoining them to keep the Torah and observe its commandments in the land that G‑d is giving them as an eternal heritage, into which they shall cross after his death.

    Moses recalls his appointment of judges and magistrates to ease his burden of meting out justice to the people and teaching them the word of G‑d; the journey from Sinai through the great and fearsome desert; the sending of the spies and the people's subsequent spurning of the Promised Land, so that G‑d decreed that the entire generation of the Exodus would die out in the desert. "Also against me," says Moses, "was G‑d angry for your sake, saying: You, too, shall not go in there."

    Moses also recounts some more recent events: the refusal of the nations of Moab and Ammon to allow the Israelites to pass through their countries; the wars against the Emorite kings Sichon and Og, and the settlement of their lands by the tribes of Reuben and Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh; and Moses' message to his successor, Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: "Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you."



    HAFTORAH IN A NUTSHELL
    Isaiah 1:1-27.

    This week's haftorah is the third of a series of three "haftarot of affliction." These three haftarot are read during the Three Weeks of mourning for Jerusalem, between the fasts of 17 Tammuz and 9 Av.

    Isaiah relays to the Jews a G‑dly vision he experienced, chastising the residents of Judah and Jerusalem for having rebelled against G‑d, criticizing them for repeating their errors and not abandoning their sinful ways — even after having been reprimanded and punished. "Woe to a sinful nation, a people heavy with iniquity, evildoing seed, corrupt children. They forsook G‑d; they provoked the Holy One of Israel." Harsh words are employed, comparing the Jewish leaders to the rulers of Sodom and Gomorrah. G‑d states his distaste for their sacrifices and offerings which were flavored with pagan customs. "How has she become a harlot, a faithful city; it was once full of justice, in which righteousness would lodge, but now it is a city of murderers…"

    Isaiah then speaks gentler words, encouraging the people to repent sincerely and to perform acts of justice and kindness towards the needy, orphans and widows, and promising them the best of the land in return for their obedience. "If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow; if they prove to be as red as crimson dye, they shall become as wool." The haftorah concludes with a promise that G‑d will eventually reestablish Israel's judges and leaders, when "Zion shall be redeemed through justice and her penitents through righteousness."

    Note: The first word of the haftorah is "Chazon" ("The vision [of Isaiah]"). The Shabbat when this haftorah is read, the Shabbat before Tisha b'Av, is thus called "Shabbat Chazon," the "Shabbat of the Vision." According to chassidic tradition, on this Shabbat the soul of every Jew is treated to a "vision" of the third Holy Temple that will be rebuilt with the coming of Moshiach. Click here for more on this topic.



    SAGES ON THE PARSHAH

    These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan, in the desert, in the Aravah, opposite Suf, between Paran and Tofel, and Lavan, and Chatzerot, and Di-Zahav (Deuteronomy 1:1)

    According to the Sifri, the numerous place names listed here are not landmarks indicating where Moses spoke these words—indeed, some of these places do not even exist as geographical locations. Rather, these are words of rebuke by Moses to the people of Israel. Instead of mentioning their sins outright, he alluded to them with these place names:

    "In the desert"—the time they complained: "If only we would have died in the desert" (Exodus 17:3).

    "In the Aravah (Plain)"—their worship of Baal Peor in the Plains of Moab (Numbers 25).

    "Opposite Suf"—the trouble they made at the shores of Yam Suf, the Red Sea (see Exodus 14:11 and Rashi on Exodus 15:22).

    "Paran"—the sin of the spies, who were dispatched from Paran (as recounted in Numbers 13 and later in our own Parshah).

    "Tofel" and "Lavan" (meaning "libel" and "white")—their libeling the white manna (Numbers 21:5).

    "Chatzerot"—where Korach's mutiny against Moses took place. 

    "Di-Zahav" (literally, "too much gold")—the sin of the golden calf.

    (Sifri, Rashi, et al)

    https://w2.chabad.org/media/pdf/116284.pdf




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