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Shabbat Shuvah Drashot and Parsha from Brendan

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Shabbat Times: In at 6.11, Out at 7.22.

Here is a listing of Drashot for this year: (I’ll hopefully complete this listing tomorrow)

Chief Rabbi, David Lau: Yeshurun Shul on King George, 6.30 pm.

Chief Rabbi Yosef: Rechov Yaffo 91, 6.30 pm.

Ha’Rav Shtern, Bet Knesset Chorev: After mincha. 6.10pm

Rav Benny Lau, Ramban Shul: 8, 10.30am, 6.20pm.

Nitzanim: With Rav Finkelstein, after mincha.

Ohel Nechama, Rabbi Dr Adler, after  mincha.
Yakar, 5pm.


Rabbi Berzon, ELC, 64 Emek Refaim: 5pm.

Rabbi Wein, Bet Knesset Hanassi, Ussishkin 34: After mincha. which is at 5.30pm.

Rabbi Sinclair, Eretz Chemdah, : 6.20 pm,Rabbi Prof Daniel Sinclair. 2 Rechov Bruriya.

OU Center: 5 pm, with Rabbi Weinreb.

Shir Chadash, Rechov Chopin: Shabbat Shuva Drasha at 10.30.

Parsha thoughts from Brendan Stern:

Tending To the Children

We read in Parashat Vayelekh of the mitzva of hakhel, the nationwide gathering once every seven years for a public reading of the Torah. The Torah emphasises that all members of the nation must participate in the hakhel assembly – men, women and children (Devarim 31:12).

Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya explains (Chagiga 3a) that the purpose of bringing the children, who were incapable of understanding the content of the reading, was in order to “give reward to those who bring them.” The Yerushalmi (Chagiga 1:1) related that upon hearing this explanation Rabbi Yehoshua exclaimed “A generation in which Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya lives is not orphaned.”

What does this mean?

The Tolna Rebbe suggests that Rabbi Elazar was not questioning the value of the children’s hakhel experience per se, but rather the value of the parents’ hakhel experience if it is accompanied by the need to tend to their children – ultimately compromising their own experience. If the purpose of hakhel was to instil fear of God, to inspire the nation to commit themselves to the Torah’s laws (31:12), why command the parents to bring the children, distracting them from focusing on this all-important message?

We see from here, says the Tolna Rebbe, that parents earn reward for tending to their children even – or especially – when this comes at the expense of their own spiritual growth! Parents are responsible to take the time to care for and educate their children despite the limits this imposes on the time and energy available for their own quest for greatness.

By being prepared to make great sacrifices to tend to the education of our children we ensure that the younger generation won’t be metaphorically “orphaned” and detached from the previous generations and the perpetuation of the rich history and chain of tradition of Torah!


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