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Parshat Terumah 6 Adar, 5777/March 4, 2017 Vol. 8 Num.

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And You Shall Make a Table Yaron Perez


Parshat Terumah presents Moshes A Place of Unity Offerings 7:11), With everything which
instructions for building the In many passages in Tanach we find an is done for the name of the benevolent G
components of the Mishkan; one of the added layer of meaning for the -d, it should be of the finest and best
furnishings is the shulchan, a table shulchan: a joining of people with other one has When one feeds the needy, he
made of acacia wood covered in gold. inviduals, with family and with should feed them from the best and
(Shemot 25:23-30) community. In one example (Tehillim sweetest at his table, etc. It is not
128:3), King David describes the ideal sufficient that we feed the needy at our
A Place of Plenty Jewish family seated in brotherhood table, but we must do so for the name of
Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch and camaraderie around a shulchan, Heaven, with our entire hearts and with
proposed a definition and etymology Your children as olive saplings around love. This is how our table becomes a
for the word shulchan: The first your shulchan. shulchan of atonement.
meaning of shulchan in Scripture is
a household implement which Culturally, the Shabbat table and Seder In my humble opinion, the substitution
presents items for use or consumption. table have come to represent familial of our contemporary table for the ruined
Shulchan is from the root shin-lamed- and communal unity as well. Among altar provides an opportunity for us to
chet, lishloach [to send], lhoshit [to Chasidim, the weekly gathering with the atone for a sin which led to the
extend]. In almost every instance, Rebbe takes place around a shulchan, destruction of the Beit haMikdash. One
shulchan refers to a table for dining, or tisch in Yiddish. who decides to share his material plenty
such that shulchan may be borrowed with his friends and to unite his family
to refer to food, pleasure, or a flow of A Place of Atonement with outsiders and needy people around
material bounty. See Tehillim 78:19, Interestingly, talmudic sages saw in our his table, indeed uniting the Jewish
Yeshayah 65:11, etc. contemporary tables a parallel not to people around a single table, and doing
the shulchan of the Beit haMikdash, but so out of love and joy for the sake of
More expansively, the Zohar presents rather to the mizbeiach [altar]. Rabbi Heaven, actually atones and repairs the
the shulchan of the Beit haMikdash Yehudah taught that one who feeds grave sin of unwarranted hatred and
not only as a symbol of plenty but also needy people at his table merits long strife on which the Talmud (Yoma 9b)
as the source from which all blessing life, and on this Rabbi Yochanan and blames the destruction of the Beit
arrives in this world. And you shall Rabbi Elazar commented, As long as haMikdash. Union around a table out of
make a shulchan of acacia wood, etc. the Temple stands, the mizbeiach love atones for the Beit haMikdash
This shulchan stands inside the atones for Israel. Now, a persons table which has been destroyed, and hastens
Mishkan, and blessing from above atones for him [when he uses it to feed the construction of the new Beit
rests upon it, and from there food the needy]. haMikdash out of unwarranted love.
emerges for the entire world. And this
shulchan should not be empty for even The Rebbe from Chernovitz, author of yperez@torontotorah.com
a moment, but food should be on it, Beer Mayim Chaim, explained how one
for blessing is not found in an empty must conduct himself when feeding the
place. Therefore, there must be bread needy at his table: He must provide his
upon it perpetually, so that blessing food with a complete heart, with love
will always be found on it. And from and joy, with a smiling and friendly
that shulchan emerge blessings and face. And he must intend to give the
food for all of the worlds tables, which choicest, best and most attractive
are blessed because of it. (Zohar, portion at the table. As the holy
Parshat Terumah) Rambam wrote (Laws of Prohibited

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Rabbi Yaakov Ariel book on the methodology of psak, focusing on the
Chief Rabbi, Ramat Gan, 1990 to present application of halachah in modern times, entitled Halachah
BYameinu.
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel was born in Jerusalem in 1937. He
studied in the Yeshiva of Kfar HaRoeh, Midreshet Noam in Halachic Positions
Pardes Chana, and Mercaz HaRav. He became one of the Rabbi Ariel has weighed in on many critical issues across all
close students of Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook, Rabbi David areas of halachah. For example, Rabbi Kook endorsed the
Cohen (known as the Nazir), and Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli; he heter mechirah, a formal sale of farmland to non-Jews
derived his methodology of halachic decision-making from allowing normal farming during the shemitah year. Rabbi
Rabbi Yisraeli. Ariel has challenged this and endorsed the alternative
mechanism of otzar beit din, to which end he founded
Rabbi Ariel is a leading halachic authority in the Religious Machon HaTorah veHaAretz. He also ruled that there is no
Zionist community, and his many students hold important sanctity of Israel in certain southern territories in Israel,
posts in yeshivot and communities throughout Israel. He was thus exempting them from the laws of shemitah.
appointed as Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan in 1990. He is also
the president of Yeshivat Ramat Gan, and the head of a He has taken stances on the permissibility of scientific
rabbinical court. He was one of the founders of the rabbinic advances that enable man to play G-d such as choosing
organization Tzohar, and served as its president until 2013. the gender of children using PGD (he forbids unless one is
Tzohar is dedicated to making the institutional rabbinate already screening for medical reasons), cloning (he opposes,
friendly for the average Israeli, and especially for secular and discusses the question of the personhood and lineage of
Jews. a cloned person), plastic surgery (he forbids unless it is to
fix a generally accepted abnormality), and enabling single
Rabbi Ariel previously served as the Rosh Yeshiva in Yamit motherhood through artificial insemination (he forbids).
(an abandoned settlement in the Sinai Peninsula) and the These are collected in Halachah BYameinu pages 152-165.
rabbi of Kfar Maimon, and he was the founder of the Machon
HaMikdash. He has attempted to become the Chief Rabbi of He has argued that use of electricity on Shabbat may not
Israel, but has failed twice, once due to opposition by violate melachah, but should be treated as biblically
Chareidim and the second time due to his advanced age. prohibited because constant use would violate the biblical
obligation to create a Shabbat experience (BOhalah Shel
He is a prolific writer, having published six volumes of Torah 2:23, translated here: http://bit.ly/2lB5KCx). He
influential responsa, BOhalah Shel Torah, as well as books defends the philosophy behind this position in Halachah
on the holidays and various tractates of Talmud, and a book BYameinu, pages 166-169.
about the building and dismantling of Yamit. He also has a jziring@torontotorah.com

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Biography Torah and Translation
The Rogatchover Gaon One Hand or Two?
Rabbi Baruch Weintraub
The Rogatchover, Tzafnat Paneiach, Shemot 29:19
Yosef Rosen was born in 5618 (1858), in
Translated by Rabbi Baruch Weintraub
Rogotchov, Belarus. His father, Rabbi
Ephraim Rosen, was a Chassid of the
Please note: We recognize that the translation below is less clear than our normal
Kopust brand of Chabad, but this fact
translations. The point is to demonstrate the extreme brevity of the Rogatchover
did not prevent him from sending his
Gaon. His words are in bold; the rest is interpolation meant to explain his intent.
son, upon Bar Mitzvah, to the Litvish
Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveichik (Beit And you shall take the second ram, and
HaLevi) to teach him. He learned under ), ( Aaron and his sons shall lean their
Rabbi Soloveichik, as well as with his hands upon the rams head (Shemot

son, Rabbi Chaim Soloveichik, who 29:19) [Do we see] the two hands
would become the founder of a new,
?
[leaning on the ram] as one entity or as
Brisker approach to learning. Even in two, where both are required?
that company, young Yosef soon stood
out as a unique genius. His nickname [They are seen as one.] And this may
came to be the Rogatchover, after the explain why we dont mention in
place of birth; this nickname followed , - Menachot 25a regarding the left
him from then on, and is better known hand, that one may use it to perform
-
than his real name to this day. the Beit Hamikdashs service on Yom

Kippur. See Rashi bmachta [who
At the age of 31, Rabbi Yosef Rosen was
explains that the Talmud describes the
appointed as Rabbi for the Chassidic .
Kohen Gadol carrying the spoon in his
Jews of Dvinsk, Latvia. His counterpart, left hand on Yom Kippur] and on Yoma
the famous Rabbi Meir Simcha HaKohen ... , 48b [where the Talmud concludes that
(Or Sameach), served the non-
blood that was walked to the altar in
Chassidic Jews of the city. He became
ones left hand is disqualified] see
famous worldwide for his powers of
Tosafot Yeshanim [who explains that
memory. Rabbi Rosen seemed to
the left-handed service with the spoon
remember everything Midrash,
on Yom Kippur cannot serve as proof to
Mishnah, Gemara and Rishonim and
license general use of the left hand,
he was able to summon immediately
because in that case there is no other
every appearance of each word.
way to conduct that particular service,
Furthermore, he was able to find
since the Kohen Gadol carries the pan
connections between what seemed to be
in his right hand]. We see that cupping
completely unrelated issues. But these
[the incense] was allowed with two
abilities were not received only by
hands, for there is a need to use both
heavenly gift; the Rogatchover was
hands in the act of cupping, and
known for his persistent, continuous
cupping is regarded as a service, as
learning. Rabbi Meir Simcha once
explained there on 48a. You must say
contended that it was no wonder the
[that the reason why the Talmud didnt
Rogotchaver could remember everything
use cupping as an example of left-
after all, doesnt everyone remember
handed service is because] where the
what they have just learned? For the
Torah requires both hands, it is not
Rogatchover, who never stopped learning
relevant to speak about a definition
and reviewing, every source is as it was
of left or right, as both are viewed as
just learned.
one entity
Rabbi Yosef Rosen was outstanding not
only in mind, but also in personality. He [The same may be applied to having
, multiple people lean their hands on a
knew his own qualities, and he heeded
neither his generations authorities, nor
korban: if they do it together then we
the authorities of previous generations. . see it as the act of a collective, but if
Some of his answers even disputed those they separate their leanings then we see
of the Rishonim of the Middle Ages. each one of them as leaning on his own.]
Indeed, in the Torah there is a shift
Unfortunately, Rabbi Rosens genius and from Parshat Tetzaveh to Parshat
breadth make his writings extremely Tzav regarding the description of the
cryptic. On many occasions he only act of leaning [for in Shemot 28:10 and
refers to a certain page in the Talmud, 28:19 the singular verb vsamach is
and leaves it to the reader to decipher used, while in Vayikra 8:18 the plural
the meaning. verb vsamchu is used]. This is because
after the deed of the Golden Calf, [the
The Rogatchover passed away on 11 ram recorded in Vayikra] serves also as
Adar 1, 5696 (1936); his Yahrtzeit is this an atonement for Aharon [and so he
coming Thursday. needs a separate act of leaning, and he
bweintraub@torontotorah.com cannot lean together with his sons].

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