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DIRECTIVE OR CHOICE?
4:51 PM
February 9, 2018
כד שבט תשעח
פרשת משפטים
· February 15 21 mid-winter
break. no school
· February 22regular classes
resume
· March 4 Torah Academy 36th
Anniversary Dinner
· Thank you to all the parents who attended parent teacher conferences
this past week. Your presence shows your commitment to your
children's’ education.
· 7th and 8th grade boys had the זכות , privilege, of listening to Rabbi
Simcha Horowitz, a Rosh Yeshiva, in New York. He talked about
fences that the חכמים make promote greater עבודת ה .
· 1B celebrated completing the first perek of Sefer Bereishis with a
grand siyum.
· מזל טוב to 4B on Maseches Rosh Hashonah. They celebrated this
accomplishment with a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park.
· מזל טוב to 7G on completing Parshas Chukas. They celebrated with a
waffles and ice cream siyum.
· 4G celebrated their siyum of Parshas Vayechi with a special Bircas
Yaakov project and pizza party. Thank you Mrs. Rosengard for
picking up the pizza.
· 5G, when learning a new רש״י , put a chocolate chip in a jar. מזל טוב to
them on filling the jar. They melted the chips in a chocolate fountain
and enjoyed dipping pretzels, cookies and marshmallows.
· מזל טוב to 8G on completing Parshas Matos and their unit on the בית
המקדש . They celebrated with a siyum that included delicious potato
kugel prepared by Mrs. Rochel Leah Rodkin and her able assistant,
Brocha Yehudis.
The possuk in this week’s parsha reads: אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך . Literally translated, the possuk
is explained as follows: When one lends money to a poor individual, he should not forcefully demand
repayment. Rather, if he knows that the borrower cannot repay, he should refrain from embarrassing
him, and ask for the money with empathy.
In this scenario, the word אם is not translated as its
more familiar term ‘if’, but as Rashi notes,
referencing other instances, it is translated as כאשר ,
when.
Based on the possuk of העבט תעביטנו , the גמרא
cautions that lending money to someone in need is
not merely an optional activity, but is an
obligation. If a person has the wherewithal to lend
money to an individual requiring assistance, and he
is assured that he will eventually be repaid, the
Torah directs him that he must help the needy
petitioner.
The מהר״ל questions why, if the Torah obligates the
loan, the Torah uses the ambiguous language of
אם .אם can be easily interpreted as ‘if’ implying
that the person chooses to lend the money.
Translating אם as ‘when’ is not the typical usage of
the word.
The מהר״ל answers by explaining that the Torah
desires to impart a powerful lesson. There are
different levels possible when performing the
mitzvah of lending money. The Torah is not just
interested in the actual dollars and cents of the
loan, but in the performance of the
entire
mitzvah.
A mitzvah can only be considered a מצוה מן המובחר
when completed with the appropriate attitude. Are
you lending the money because it’s your Torah
obligation to do so, אם , translate as ‘when’? Or are
you lending the money because you truly desire to
help another Yid , אם , translated as ‘if’? If your אם
is ‘if’, indicating choice, then you have reached the
level where the Torah’s demands are your own
personal will.
We often wonder how to gauge our fulfillment of a
מצוה , and what benchmark to use to evaluate our
performance. The לימוד of the מהר״ל provides this
understanding. Have you arrived at the point where
your choices align with the Torah’s directives? Or
are you performing the mitzvos because that is
what you are obligated to do? This concept extends
to our job in Chinuch as well. It is not enough to be
mechanech our children to perform mitzvos out of
obligation. We need to instill in them a love and
joy in Torah and mitzvos so that they perform the
mitzvos by choice.
גוט שבת
Rabbi Ochs
Bulletin Board
WEEK OF LEARNING
· 15-22 ShevatSponsored in honor of Eliezer Melech ben Chasya Rochel by his Shiur Mates
CONDOLENCES
· Mrs. Devorah Millman and Mrs. Michelle Zimmerman on
the passing of their father, Chonon ben Moshe z”l, Mr.
Herb Hausman.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
· 26 Sivan, Sunday February 11Septimus bris at the
Kollel of Greater Boston, after the 7:45am Shacharis
Grade 5
Y. Feldman , Y. Fontek, M. Leff,
D.T. Krochmal, N. Youshaei
Grade 6:
A. Bier, Y. Gould (also Parshas Bshalach),
N. Halpern, M. Miara, N. Ochs
Grade 7:
Y. Gluckin, M. Hain, Y.A. Leff, S.M. Solomon,
Y. Zyto
Grade 8:
M. Fontek, Y. Miara
Raffle Winners:
N. Halpern, Y. A. Leff, Y. Miara
SHNAYIM MIKRA
Mazel Tov to learners for Parshas Yisro
MAZEL TOV!
· Penina (’11) Polter on her engagement to Binyomin
Greenberg and to parents, Rabbi Raphael (3B Kodesh)
and Mrs. Sara Polter
HEALTH ALERT
Many of our students and faculty have the flu and other viruses.
Please be vigilant about keeping your child home if s/he is
showing symptoms. Please follow your pediatrician’s
guidelines for the sake of others.
PRESCHOOL REQUEST
The Preschool classes are looking for empty Pringles cans
for Purim projects
HAMILTON SNAPSHOTS
1. 7G working as a team on their history project for the Torah
Academy Dinner.
2. K2 enjoying recess in the playground.
3. 4G made HaMalach HaGoel projects at their siyum on Parashas
Vayechi.
4. The Pre-K classes celebrated completing their unit on brochos with a
brochos fair.
5. K2 curling up like a Python for P week.
6. 4G tests the voltage of an apple, a potato, & a lemon battery.
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WILLISTON SNAPSHOTS
1. A story about my great grandfather by Tzvi Taylor- Grade 1
2. 1B siyum celebrating completion of perek א in Parshas Bereishis
3. 1B finishing learning perek א in Parshas Bereishis
4. 3B engaged in learning with Mrs. Johnson
5. 4B trip to Altitude trampoline park in honor of Siyum Maseches
Rosh Hashonah
6. 4B student, Yehuda Leib Feldman, presents a Divar Torah at their
siyum of Maseches Rosh Hashonah.
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Mazel tov to
Yosef Aryeh Leff
on his becoming a Bar Mitzvah!
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