הירב לכ רכש חפקמ ה״בקה ןיא
HASHEM DOES NOT DENY REWARD TO ANY CREATURE
In this week’s parsha, we get a glimpse of this far-reaching dictum. The possuk reads: אל לארשי ינב לכלו
ונושל בלכ ץרחי. The dogs in םירצמ were stationed by the border and they used to raise the alert if anyone
tried to leave the country.
January 19, 2018
ד ‘עשת טבש‘‘ח
January 24—Hamilton STEM
Fair—details in the bulletin
February 1– Williston STEM
Fair– details in the bulletin
February 3– Torah Academy
Ladies Night Out– watch for
March 4 –Torah Academy 36th
On Martin Luther King Day, our teachers participated in a
professional development session led by Mr. Bill Atwood,
an expert educator, on the topic of engaging all students.
Mr. Atwood shared many practical and creative strategies and
ideas. Many teachers have already implemented what they
have learned and are already seeing positive effects.
Students in both buildings are putting finishing touches on
their research projects for the STEM Fair. They are now
diligently working on preparing their displays.
Thank you to Mrs. Fontek and Mrs. Posy for the Chodesh
In Parshas Mishpatim, Mrs. Gould is teaching many intricate
halachos including shor shenoguch to 5G students.
On Rosh Chodesh Shevat, as part of a country wide Rosh
Chodesh initiative by the Hashevosov organization, the boys
in grades 5-8 viewed a video about emunah.
In their daily morning shiur, girls in grades 5-8 animatedly
discuss emunah and bitachon using the book Living Emunah
for Teens by Rabbi David Ashear
However, when the Yidden left םירצמ not a single
dog barked. The אתליכמ comments that the Torah
advises, ןוכילשת בלכל ולכאת אל הפירט הדשב רשבו ותוא .
Do not consume the meat of animals that died
without proper הטיחש, rather throw the meat to the
dogs. The dogs are singled out to receive this meat
as a reward for their silence.
Similarly, at the closing of the parsha, we read
about the concept of המהב רוכב תשודק. The firstborn
of kosher animals have a unique השודק and must be
offered as a ןברק. While non-kosher animals are
excluded from this הוצמ, one exception is made: the
רומח, the donkey. A firstborn male donkey must be
redeemed through a sheep which is then brought as
a ןברק. If this is not done, the donkey must be
killed. The donkey has this unique status because
they were the movers when the Yidden left םירצמ.
The Jews left laden with gold and silver, and they
used donkeys to transport their wealth.
Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld ל״צז wonders why
we only find a concept of רומח רוכב תשודק, but no
element of השודק related to the dogs. Dogs are
merely rewarded with scraps of meat, while
donkeys have השודק. The reason for this, he
explained, is because the donkey put in the effort.
They sweated and worked to help the Yidden. The
dogs’ action was passive. The effort the donkeys
invested earned them the measure of השודק that the
dogs did not receive.
This lesson holds true for life. It’s the effort
invested, and the hard work that’s done that earns
the greatest rewards. When you shlep and sweat to
help another Yid, you’re deserving of השודק.