Times: In at 6.58 and out at 8.16.

Shiur: 8am at the ELC with Rav Berzon.

Zoom kabalat shabbat: https://zoom.us/j/7740473447 

Shabbat afternoon tour with Nitzanim:

As is our custom, in honor of Yom Yerushalayim, the shul  will sponsor  a tour of the neighborhood and the surrounding area this coming Shabbat , Parshat Bamidbar 23.5.20. The tour guide will be Tamar Margoliot Cohen. We will meet at 5:00 at the intersection of Derech Bet Lechem and the Mesila Park.

Please bring  water, a mask, and observe 2 meter social distancing.

For further details please contact Eli Kadosh 050 239 9537.


Rav Alex Israel:

At what age does a child become an adult? The classic Barmitzva speech used to be “Today I am a man!” but, really? Do you know any 13-year old who is an adult?

Our parasha counts Jewish males “from 20-years old and upwards, from when one enters the army.”

Why age 20?

Some years ago, David Brooks, the NYTimes columnist, wrote about a stage in the lives of young people. He coined it “The Odyssey Years”:

“the decade of wandering that frequently occurs between adolescence and adulthood… 20-somethings go to school and take breaks from school. They live with friends and they live at home. They fall in and out of love. They try one career and then try another. Their parents grow increasingly anxious…”

So what can our parasha offer on this topic? CLICK on here to read more.

Brendan Stern:

Bamdibar – Following the Leader“And Moshe gave the redemption money to Aharon and his sons as per the word of Hashem, as Hashem commanded Moshe” (Bamidbar 3:51).Why does the Torah seemingly repeat that Moshe acted “as per the word of Hashem” and “as Hashem commanded”? Additionally, wouldn’t it have made more sense grammatically for the Torah to say that Moshe acted “as Hashem commanded him” rather than “as Hashem commanded Moshe”?The Ohr HaChaim explains that since Moshe’s actions resulted in a direct financial benefit to his brother and his nephews, we might have assumed that Moshe felt enjoyment from the fact that he could bestow this benefit on his family. To counter this misconception the Torah tells us that not only did Moshe carry out the technical act “as per the word of Hashem”, but his sole intention was to perform the instructions “as Hashem commanded”.Therefore, says the Alexander Rebbe, by saying that Moshe acted “as Hashem commanded Moshe” rather than “as Hashem commanded him”, the Torah is offering us a crucial insight into Moshe’s leadership; Moshe the private citizen remained obedient to and acted in accordance with the instructions of Moshe the leader! Just as all Jews need to respect their leaders, so too the leader in his private life must respect the rules of his communal self.When an individual is in a position of authority there is always the risk that personal gain and nepotism can cloud his judgement. It is thus pivotal that the individual is cognisant of the fact that the position is not his personal property to act with as he pleases for his benefit, but he must rather ensure his actions are undertaken objectively with the greater good of the community in mind, and that he too follows these rules in his private life!

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