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Shabbat Zachor in the Hoody: Times, Oneg, Happenings, Parsha and Ha’Rav Medan on Motsash

It’s Shabbat Zachor this Shabbat.

Shabbat Times:

In at 5.09, Out at 6.23.

Friday night Oneg:

Tonight at 9.30pm.


Ramban Shul: Women’s shiur at 3.45, and shiur for whole community at 5.30.

Nitzanim Shul: Shiur with Rav Shai at 5.10.

Rabbi Prof Daniel Sinclair, at Eretz Chemdah, giving shiur at 8am and before musaf.

Shir Chadash, by Ohel Nechama – shiur at 8am followed by kiddush and by Emek 43, kiddush at 11.15.

ELC, Rav Berzongiving shiur at 8am and 5.10 seudah shlishit.

Yakar, Kiddush and shiur at 9.30.

Ha’Rav Medan on Motsash:

Parsha from Brendan Stern:

Vayikra – Paradigm Shift

The Parsha opens with the description of the Korban Olah, and says that if a person is required to bring the sacrifice he “brings it voluntarily” (Vayikra 1:3). Rashi comments that we “force” him to bring the sacrifice until he says “I am willing”. In other words, the person is subjected to coercive measures until he decides to bring the sacrifice of his own volition.

Is it not an inherent contradiction to “force” a person to do something “wilfully”?

The Rambam (Hil. Girushin 2:20) writes that deep down every Jew wants to do the right thing but the Yetzer Hara prevents us from acting appropriately. When a person is coerced to fulfil his obligations, the external pressures are removed so that his inner desire can be fulfilled. The emotional blockades that have prevented him from fulfilling his true wishes dissipate.

The Chatam Sofer suggested a different explanation. It is possible that one who committed a sin that requires offering a sacrifice would be reluctant to do so due to the effort involved with getting there. Nevertheless, begrudgingly he “forces” himself to bring it.

Once he arrives at the Mikdash, however, his attitude swiftly changes. Seeing the Kohanim performing the service dressed in their magnificent attire, the inspirational music of the Levi’im and the convening of the Sanhedrin, he is suddenly filled with awe. By now he is no longer reluctant. He feels overjoyed that he came to the Mikdash, and happily gives the Kohen his sacrifice.

This is how a person can be coerced and yet bring his sacrifice willingly. He might require some initial coercion, but once he arrives in the right setting, he enthusiastically offers the sacrifice. By placing yourself in a positive atmosphere your perspective and the lenses through which you see the world can change dramatically!

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