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Table of contents


1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua - Hazzan David Azerad

3) Holy Jokes!


This sunday is the fast of 17 TAMMUZ

The Seventeenth of Tammuz (Hebrew: שבעה עשר בתמוז Shivah Asar b'Tammuz) is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple.[2][3] It falls on the 17th day of the 4th Hebrew month of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av.[4]

The day also traditionally commemorates the destruction of the two tablets of the Ten Commandments and other historical calamities that befell the Jewish people on the same date.[2]





 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Balak: The Story of Bilam as a Lesson in Emuna

Parashat Balak tells the famous story of the attempt made by Balak, the king of Moab, to annihilate Am Yisrael by hiring a gentile prophet, Bilam, to place a curse on them. G-d intervened and protected Beneh Yisrael by forcing Bilam to bless them, instead.

The Gemara in Masechet Berachot (12b) makes a startling statement, telling us that the Rabbis considered including this section of the Torah as part of our daily Shema text. They thought that this story is so vitally important that it should be read each and every day, as one of the paragraphs of Shema. The only reason why they did not include it, the Gemara tells, is because it is quite lengthy, and would inconvenience people to have them recite it each day.

The obvious question arises, why would this section have been selected for the daily Shema recitation? What is it about the story of Bilam that warranted its daily recitation as part of the text of Shema?

Rav Pinchas Friedman (contemporary) finds the answer in the connection between Bilam and another evil man who sought to destroy our nation – Laban, the uncle and father-in-law of Yaakob Abinu. As we read in Parashat Vayeseh (Bereshit 31:23-24), Laban pursued Yaakob, and just before he caught up to him, G-d appeared to Laban and warned him not to "speak with Yaakob good or bad" – implying that, like Bilam, Laban sought to kill Yaakob and his family with speech, by placing a curse on them. The Arizal (Rav Yishak Luria, 1534-1572) taught that Laban was Bilam’s grandfather – and, moreover, that Laban’s soul was reincarnated in Bilam. This explains several aspects of the story of Bilam, including the incident when an angel obstructed his path as he traveled, and the donkey veered to the side and crushed Bilam’s leg against the wall (22:25). Targum Yonatan Ben Uziel writes that this wall was the heap of stones prepared by Laban and Yaakob as a symbol of the truce that they eventually made (Bereshit 31:46-53). They pledged that neither would cross this collection of stones to inflict harm upon the other. Bilam – a reincarnation of Laban – violated this truce when he crossed these stones on his way to curse Beneh Yisrael, and so his leg was injured by these very stones.

One of the points of connection between Laban and Bilam is the fact that they both despised Beneh Yisrael, but ended up helping our nation. As much as Laban despised Yaakob and everything he stood for, he ended up giving Yaakob four wives with whom he produced the twelve tribes. In essence, Laban – who hated Am Yisrael – inadvertently built the foundations of the Jewish Nation. Bilam, too, set out to destroy Beneh Yisrael by cursing them, but G-d transformed these curses into beautiful blessings, some of which are used even to this day.

We can now understand why the story of Bilam was deemed worthy of being included in the text of Shema, when we reaffirm our faith in G-d. Shema begins with the proclamation, "Hashem Elokenu Hashem Ehad" – that G-d is one, that He is the only fully independent power in the world. Nothing else in the world has any independent control or authority; the sun rises each morning only because G-d has it rise. The greatest – or at least one of the greatest – manifestations of G-d’s exclusive power is the way He manipulates the wicked to achieve the precise opposite of what they set out to accomplish. The story of Bilam shows us how even when an exceedingly powerful or talented enemy sets out to destroy Am Yisrael, he not only fails, but ends up making Am Yisrael better and stronger. This is why the Rabbis considered including this story as part of Shema – because it serves as a powerful lesson in Emuna, teaching us that nobody and nothing has any power besides G-d.

Learning this story, then, should reinforce our faith in Hashem, and remind us that no matter what kind of problem we face, no matter what difficulties we struggle with, G-d, who exercises full, unlimited control over the world, can assist us. We never need to experience fear or anxiety, because, as the story of Bilam reminds us, G-d has the power to transform any situation – no matter how difficult – into a source of great blessing.





Selected & translated by David Azerad, Hazzan Maghen Abraham  


Halachot fast of 17 in Tammuz according to the rulings of Rabbi Obadiah Yosef ZT”L


When does the fast of 17th of Tammuz begin (this year it is postponed to Sunday)


The fast begins at dawn. That is, an hour and twelve moments in temporary hours,(Sha'ah Zemanit) before sunrise, until the stars come out, (Tzeit Hakochavim) which is about 20 minutes after sunset.


Can a person that is exempt from fasting eat sweets?


A person that is exempt from fasting due to illness and weakness, they should not eat delicacies and sweets like chocolate, ice cream and so on.If the patient needs to eat meat and other important foods in order to be strengthened and healed, he is allowed to eat it.

He who fasts, but must swallow pills because of headaches etc… can swallow without water and if it is difficult for him to swallow without water, he can swallow with a little water. It is also good to crush the pill with a little water in a spoon and swallow.

One may not chew gum during fasting however if it has no taste at all, it is permissible to chew it.


Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach

David Azerad 


3) HOLY JoKeS!!


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