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Shabbat/ Weekend Happenings and Parsha from Rav Alex/Brendan

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Will be very cold and rainy (HOORAY!!) today (Friday), but worst should be over by tomorrow.


As ever, plenty on over the weekend.

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What’s on this Shabbat?


Shabbat in at 4.14 pm, out at 5.30pm.

What’s on:

Nitzanim Shul:

Rav Shai Finkelstein’s shiur after mincha at 4.15.


Kiddush and Parsha shiur at 9.30.

Eretz Chemdah, Rechov Bruriya: This Shabbat Rabbi Daniel Sinclair will give the pre Shacharit shiur and Drasha. Small kiddush after davening.
Motsei Shabbat:
Avot Uvanim – 6.30 at the Katamon Shteiblech.
Parsha from Rav Alex Israel and Brendan Stern:
Rav Alex:
“Sometime later, Moses grew up, he went out to his kinsmen and witnessed their labors. He saw an Egyptian man beating a Hebrew man, one of his kinsmen. He turned this way and that and saw no man. He struck the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” (Shemot/Ex 2:10-11)

Moses who has grown up in the Egyptian palace has quite a dramatic “coming out” as a Hebrew. Here, he goes out to his kinsmen and witnesses their brutal oppression, and lashes out, killing an Egyptian taskmaster.

Think about this scene:
– What caused Moses to take such drastic violent action?
– Was Moses’ violence an instinctive, spontaneous, emotive act?

It would seem that Moses’ act is thoughtful and premeditated; after all, before he strikes the Egyptian, we read: “He turned this way and that and saw no man.”

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Feel The Pain

Before Hashem tasks Moshe at the burning bush with his mission to save the Jews He tells him to remove his shoes (Shemot 3:5). What is the connection between Moshe’s forthcoming leadership mission and the need to remove his shoes? Furthermore, Rashi notes (5:4) that the tribe of Levi was not enslaved by Pharaoh. Why would he enslave the rest of Bnei Yisrael but not the tribe of Levi?

Rav Yehonatan Eibshitz writes that Pharaoh’s astrologers foresaw that the leader who would free the slaves would surface from the tribe of Levi. Pharaoh sought to prevent the emergence of a saviour by absolving this tribe of Levi of the burden of enslavement. It was inconceivable, Pharaoh figured, that somebody who did not feel the pain of slavery could arise to rescue them.

But Pharaoh was wrong.

Moshe, already as a young man, genuinely empathised with the plight of the slaves and felt their pain (Rashi, 2:11). He felt the physical suffering and emotional torment of persecution despite being personally excluded from the oppression. Pharaoh underestimated the intrinsic connection between Jews, the power of empathy and the extent of Bnei Yisrael’s care and concern for one another.

This is why Hashem instructed Moshe to remove his shoes before taking on the leadership of the nation. Unlike one who wears shoes, one who walks barefoot feels the pain of every pebble and stone upon which he treads. Hashem was telling Moshe that in order to be a leader you have to feel the pain of everyone around you, to be sensitive to what others are experiencing and tread on the same ground that they walk. This is a prerequisite to leadership. As Theodeore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”!

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