Listening of Selichot highlights for Motsash – CLICK on here.


Hadlakat Neyrot: 6.03, Shabbat out at 7.14pm


ELC, 64 Emek Refaim- Rav Myers at 8, 5.30 shiur followed by seudah shlishit.

Nitzanim – shiur with Rav Shai at 6.

Shir Chadash on Emek – Davening at 9.15 followed by kiddush, Shir Chadash regular – New Gan Building, Yaakov Rubin #1- Parsha at 8 followed by kiddush.

Ramban – shiur at 5.30.

Daf HaYomi – Katamon Shteiblech an hr before Shabbat out

Eretz Chemdah – Parsha at 8 followed by davening.

Special Shabbat for Olim at Shir Chadash on Emek:

Parsha from Brendan Ster

Ki Tavo – Heads or Tails?

Before the Torah begins the vast Tochecha (rebuke) for misbehaviour, it lists a series of blessings that we will receive if we follow the ways of Hashem. One of those blessings is “Hashem will place you as a head and not as a tail” (Devarim 28:13). Similarly, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 583:2) mentions the custom on Rosh Hashana to eat the head of an animal and say “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers that we be the head and not the tail”.

However, Chazal say (Avot ‪4:15‬): “Be a tail to lions and do not be a head to foxes.” Why do we ask Hashem to elevate us to become the head and not the tail if Chazal teach us just the opposite?!

We find that Talmidei Chachamim are referred to by Chazal as lions (Gittin 83a) and Machiavellians referred to as foxes (Berachot 61b). The blessing in the parsha and on Rosh Hashana accents the notion that we should aspire for greatness in life – to be the “head”. Hashem doesn’t want us to suffice with an attitude of mediocrity in any sphere in life.

Although we should have positive ambitions to succeed and be the “head”, we need to ensure this is not ego-driven but rather due to a desire to grow – and help others grow – as much as possible. Certain realities and times, however, inevitably result in our inability to be the “head” as hoped. In those situations it is better to be the “tail” to Talmidei Chachamim than the “head” of a less than ideal group of people merely for ego-driven motives.

The people whom we surround ourselves with impact us, and thus Chazal warn us that our aspirations for greatness should not come at the expense of our spiritual environment.

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