SEEKING THE TRUTH
February 2, 2018
י“עשת טבש ז‘‘ח
February 3– Torah Academy Ladies
Night Out– details in the bulletin
February 5– Williston PTA
conferences, 4:00 pm dismissal for
gr. 6-8B, no aftercare
February 7– Hamilton PTA
conferences, dismissal at 4:00 pm ,
February 15– February 22– mid-
winter break.– no school
February 23—regular classes
March 4 –Torah
בוט לזמ to 5B on finishing the ארמג of תעדמ שלש שואי
On Monday, all of our math teachers attended a Singapore Math
Professional Development session given by Ms. Terry Goldfisher, an
expert math educator and representative from the Math in Focus
curriculum we use. The teachers had the opportunity to learn more
about the unique approach, engage in hands on activities, and ask
questions. It was very well well-received. Later that night, Ms.
Goldfisher gave a presentation for parents of an overview of the math
approach and offered suggestions for how parents could support their
The boys grade 3-8 STEM Fair took place on Thursday. It was so nice
for parents and other students to come and listen to the boys explain
their projects. Of special interest was the bridge engineering contest.
The 8th grade girls G.O. Tu B”Shevat program included the amazing
finals of the brachos contest. The winner was: grades 1-5, Tzipora
Bier and in grades 6-8, Naama Atar, Bina Rosmarin, Chaya Shaindel
Mintzes, Bina Rosmarin and Devorah Zazula As a finale, all the girls
created fruit leather flowers.
בוט לזמ to 4G on finishing יחיו תשרפ. They have now completed all of
Parshas Yisro begins with the story of ורתי, the father-in-law of השמ, as he joins the Jewish people. The
הרותל םינזא wonders why the Torah places this incident in the same השרפ as הרותה תלבק and רה דמעמ
יניס, receiving the Torah at Sinai.
He offers an explanation by demonstrating that the
תוישרפ surrounding הרות ןתמ reference three
categories of individuals:
The first group are those who ןוזגרי םימע ועמש, the
nations of the world who heard of the tremendous
miracles that occurred. They were so
overwhelmed that they trembled in fear. The effect
of these םיסנ, miracles, was so indelible, that even
years later, they were still remembered. When
עשוהי sent the םילגרמ on an espionage mission to
וחירי, Rachav made mention of these events. While
this group was emotionally impacted, they did not
act on their emotions and did not strive to join the
ranks of לארשי ללכ.
The second group, קלמע, was of a different mettle
altogether. They willfully ignored the obvious
message of these miracles, and despite this clear
indication that לארשי ללכ was being guided by
Hashem, they, nevertheless, engaged לארשי ינב in
The third group is represented by ורתי. He heard of
the םיסנ and was not content to merely be inspired
by their occurrence. He acted on the inspiration,
and chose to join the Jewish nation.
What set ורתי apart? The resulting principle is that
miracles and supernatural events do not change
people. It may make them fearful or provide
momentary, even long-lasting inspiration, but will
not bring about profound change. In the case of
קלמע, their attitude towards Hashem was not
transformed an iota. An individual will only be
affected by a סנ if the person is seeking the תמא.
Yisro was searching for the truth, so when the
םלוע לש ונובר performed these םיסנ, he was able to
actualize their message and join לארשי ללכ.
Thus, without the accompanying search for truth,
the most inspiring and greatest miracle will have
no impact. This תמאה תשירד, search for truth, is a
prerequisite for הרותה תלבק, towards becoming
a לובק ילכ, a receptacle for ׳ה תרות. To impart this
lesson, the הרות situated the story of ורתי right
before יניס רה דמעמ the revelation at יניס רה.
In this vein, we learn that one of our primary
obligations in chinuch is to instill in our children
the desire to search for the truth and to develop a
ןוצר to learn. This will ensure that our children will
absorb the truth and thus be transformed by Torah.