The virtual Kehilla of Orthodox Jewry of Greater Montreal

כי תקנה עבד עברי The Foundation Of Jewish Civil Law Shekalim

 The Sanctity of the Law , not just  "The Social Compact"

Koppora - the Machazis haShekel

Prayers for the Rebuilding of the Temple in this month of geulah

Chodesh Adar, the last month of the Jewish Year,is the first of the two months of celebrating ,of 'reliving' the geulah, the Miracle of Purim, the Miracle of Pesach.This year we are at once mesmerized with a new friend in the White House arousing and renewing our faith while we are challenged and worried with the specter of growth of anti semitism around the world and warnings from the centers of evil , Iran and ISIS.

Right here in Montreal,the other day, there was a new outbreak in Mcgill as reported in the Gazette anti-semitic-vandalism-raises-concerns-at-mcgill-university .

The Parsha after Mattan Torah , 'Mishpatim', is usually understood as 'civil law'.But if it is to be understood as  such , as we usually understand that term, it is difficult to understand why does it start with the laws of the Hebrew slave,later with the holidays, and later end with numerous laws dealing with sensitivity to the weak, and even to animals (see the Sforno on the prohibition of eating meat and milk together) .

The Chazal say that Mishpatim is given close to the laws (in the last parsha) of the mizbeach (altar) to teach us that the Sanhedrin should be near the altar.The peoples of the world know that without laws and a government enforcing those laws we have anarchy and so the 'common' laws are here to enforce the social contract, and we too , the Jewish people must respect these laws.But our Torah laws are nevertheless  based on a higher calling.

Freedom from bondage in Egypt means the responsibility to serve the Creator, to go in His Ways.   עבדעי הם ולא עבדים לעבדים 

 'My servants and not servants to servants' .'Every generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt is as if it were destroyed in that generation'.

The world is filled with a tremendous amount of  'noise' and most people follow the noise and think that that is where the  'action ' is.But we, who live with the torah,especailly preparing for the reading of the megilla,know that the true 'action' is quieter and more profound.

So much , so much commotion ! So much to fear! And yet , truly ,it all hangs and centers on a tiny spot on the globe and on the relations of our own 'jews' and the  'goyim ' amongst our midst.And , maybe even it has been our apparent 'enemies' who have insured our protection and our salvation all these years.

Aheushverous was ready to give Esther everything except what divided the kingdom - the Temple.We had driven the Ribbono shel Olam out of our own 'inner sanctums' so we had no right to the Temple.Today ,there is an ongoing war circling the Beis Hamikdash,it's remains, the 'Wall'.Is it to be maintained as the center of our longings as a people,or will its holiness be defiled by the so called  'Supreme Court of Israel', giving those who have abandoned the ways of our people, the 'disappearing assimilated' jews, the capacity to defile its holiness

This is really ,as we know it, the agenda of the 'WOW' and their backers.

What seems to be happening though, is that even though these deniers , are discovering that when the League of Nations established the land and our rights to return, they also established that the Courts cannot rule on the Holy sites!This was called the 'King's Order in Council (thanks to the Hamodia for this bit of information).

The goyim of the world understood that Jerusalem and its Temple (and therefore also all the 'temples' and 'klippos'  attracted to the Center of the world) cannot be judged by profane courts - it is out of their domain!

If you trace the history of Israel,in all the years of our exile, that land has been under the Protectorate of one empire or another.Our enemies have been protecting the holiness of the Temple , just waiting for the Jewish People to do teshuva, to Return in Spirit, not only in body!

We fervently pray to see very speedily the redemption of Israel with the coming Moshiach Tzidkenu!






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Israel burns , ban on new shuls in Outremont,America divided in anger

Hate , Discord , Confusion

וה' ברך את אדני מאד ויגדל


With all our disgust , nevertheless , when we see pictures of both a US supertanker and 2 giant firefighters from Russia both rushing to Israel to help put out those flames of hatred and evil, we pray that this should be the foreshadowing of positive fulfillment of the prophecy eagle and the bear at the gates of Jerusalem

The world about us is plagued by isms , discord, jealousies, but in our parsha , the loyal servant of Avraham seeks quietly  the zivvug for Yitzchok.That zivvug is to unite heaven and earth, and is to unite thereby the whole world in peace.

This is our job as a people to breath sanity and faith in all our dealings whether it be here in open golus, or in our homeland in a much deeper golus of confusion.

We haven't  published for some time, but this is our committment  in our small online community , to be a candle of light .

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אתם ניצבים היום כלכם

You stand today all of you before haShem

We know there is no 'malchus' - kingdom , without a nation.

The theme of the parsha is כל ישׂראל עריבים זח לזה - "All of Israel are responsible one for the other"

As one preperation for the Yome Noraim , we've added a new feature to our community site , to help us fulfill that unity across the whole wide world (centering on Israel).

Please check out our new and latest section: israel-chaverim-worldwide

and ,please check out also our new contributor (from Far Rockaway) on the parsha, truly wonderful divrey Torah!

A ksive v'chatime tove Montreal!

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T'u b'Av - Maidens went out and danced in a circle

JbFI9755880TuBavChabad  There were no yome tovim for Israel as T'u b'Av and Yom Kippur.

Let it be , Yom Kippur, the end of slicha and kopere, the day when the second tablets were given, but why t'u b'Av.

We know of 7 events on that day.I saw an insight ascribed to the holy Rebbe R' Avraham Yehoshua Hershel of Mezibuz; The Chazal say that in the future haShem will make a circle for tzaddikim....When people move in a circle, there is no head or bottom , so too there will be no jealousy between tzaddikim , just as the heavenly 'mazalos' where each one goes up 'backwards' and its 'face' to the back of its friend 'below' which looks as that he goes up first.

The 15th letter of the laphebet is the somech , a circle.This was the simcha of t'u b'Av.

Perhaps with this insite ,perhaps we can understand a difficult medrash.We know that each year after the slanders of the spies 15,000 people dug their graves and lay down to die (the generation of 600,000 / by 40 years in the desert).The last 9th of av , 15,000 dug their graves, but lo and behold in the morning , they were still alive!

Maybe it is a mistake; so they lie down again, and again , till the full moon.and they realize the decree of death has been lifted.The first simcha of t'u b'Av.

What had actually happnened to that decree , why were they still alive.No one can give an answer for the horrors of the many  Hitlers y's our people have had to endure, but one thing we know, those who survived the camps had no sense of jealousy of one to another.The Jewish people are a corporate body which transcends place and time.That is why the whole generation needed a tikun for the sin of the few.But if all had died, then the generation wouldn't have its tikun complete .The tikun for loshon hara is to wipe out completely all vestiges of smallness and petty jealousy.

The entrance to Gan Eden on earth is the capacity to love .Sometimes it takes great tragedies to unleash that capacity of love.This is the dance of the maidens , the time for shidduchin , and the time for the shidduch of the Jewish people with their betrothed, the Ribbono shel Olam.

Mazla tov , Montreal.

And let us begin to look forward to the High holy Days!

Note: In honor of T'u b'Av, we've added to our link section a number of shidduchim links we found which could be valuable


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Burning of the Red Heifer - The Burning of the Talmud - The Tragedy in Nice France

Zos Chukas haTorah Adom ki Yomus b'ohel

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אין דברי תןרה מתקים אלא במי שמימית עצמו עליה

'A man who dies in the tent ' - the words of torah can only reside in someone who totally immerses himself - ie. to be dead to the world- in the tents of torah'

How especially poignant to us are the words of the baal medrash become , when we read that when the church burnt the talmud , they did so with an official 'executioner'.Actually ,yes, the words of the living talmud are ingrained in the souls of our people and not on old parchment.

Twenty four cartloads of jewish books burnt "at the stake" in front of the Louvre in Paris June 17, 1242 ,Friday, erev shabbas, parshas Chukas (this writer's gentile birthday and bar mitzva sedra).It was the beginning of more than 500 years of such profanity (the last fire in 1757). The great sages of the time  decreed a fast on Friday erev shabbas as they understood the destruction to tie in to the parsha ,(one of the baale tosfos asked a shela b'shemayim and was answered that the day was the cause -'This is the chok (law without explanation) of the torah.

The Church was right, the ideas and sacrifice of our people for living words of haShem through the mesorah was  dangerous to them.That event signaled the end of the great Jewish presence in France.In an article attributed to Rabbi Wein's history lessons 

the ramifications were many ,including and up to the future secular Nazis and their evil ways..tammuza 300x238

          כאשר יענו אתו כן ירבה וכן יפרץ    

The more they were afflicted , the more they grew and spread

While the Church and their students continually degraded themselves , the burnings had the opposite effect on the Jews.Rabbenu Yonah connected that desecration with the burning of the Rambam's works in 1233 , also in Paris (which he himself had partially instigated ) .As a result he wrote the Shaare Teshuva -  'The Gates of Repentance' the pillar of the mussar movement.That work and others to follow would focus on building the inner sanctums of the ethical and religious jew .Our passion for the talmud just grew, and many say that the incessant burnings actually contributed to the flowering of kabbala amongst our people.

Last week's terrible sick 'attack' in Nice France , made this writer wonder.Google describes Nice as  "the city today balances old-world decadence with modern urban energy." I saw a well written article at   which impressed me.It describes the situation as a 'Clash of Civilizations".The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille was called trhe Feast of Federation,the celebration of French culture , of French ideals of "liberty, equality and fraternity".

"The revolution extolled reason; the fundamentalists worship at the alter of apocalyptic irrationality. And the revolution proclaimed (although it often failed to respect) freedom, including freedom of religion; the fundamentalists seek a caliphate in which only the laws of Islam prevail."

"But the revolution also established an enduring concept of citizenship that underpinned the French nation, “one and indivisible”. Far more than any other European country, it was open to foreigners; it demanded, however, that they join the nation on its terms. As Michael Walzer put it, “foreigners were welcomed — so long as they learned the French language, committed themselves to the republic, sent their children to state schools, and celebrated Bastille Day”.

It was equally insistent on what they were not to do: isolate themselves in ethnic enclaves that clashed with the broader community of citizens. Already in 1791, the refusal of a right to differentiate and divide was expressed in the Legislative Assembly’s debate on the emancipation of the Jews by Clermont-Tonnerre, a deputy of the centre, when he spoke for the majority (which favoured emancipation): “One must refuse everything to the Jews as a nation,” Clermont-Tonnerre declared, “and grant everything to the Jews as individuals.”

"In the country which long prided itself on being the “eldest daughter” of the church, there are more devout young Muslims than devout young Catholics and Protestants combined."


It seems somewhat ironic that the “eldest daughter of the church" who tried as much as they could to sniff out our national souls are facing today  the challenge of the end of theirs.

Perhaps this is hinted to at the end of the parsha - כי אש יצאה מחשבון להבה מקרית סיחן אכלה ער מואב בעלי במות ארנון - 'A fire went out from Cheshbon , a flame from the city of Sichon,it ate Or of Moab ,and baale bomos of Arnon.'

We were not allowed to go to war with Moab as we could not take their land ;it was given to the son of Lot.So a 'fire' went out from Sichon , the king of Emoree - from the land of Canaan, and ate up - conquered Moab.So , when Sichon went out to war with us, and we won, we were allowed to take those lands as our own.

The first Rashi in Chumash tells us that the torah as lawbook should have started with the first mitzva - the sanctification of the month.But it starts with sefer breishis , which we can't truly understand , to teach us that haShem , the Creator takes the land and gives it to whom He wishes.This is the ultimate answer to the world who will ultimately call us 'thieves.'

We  don't truly know the ways of haShem , and we certainly don't wish bad on any of haShem's creatures, but it is our deep belief that all the turmoil and horrors and fears we are going through today are a process of the ending of evil (b'ezer haShem it should be mostly by self annhilation) and ignorance and confusion and the unfolding of the blessings to mankind,as we are free to fulfill our raison detre as the 'Conscience of Mankind' and the  'Light unto the Nations.'

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