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2 Sivan 5773/May 11, 2013 / 46 Omer
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Parshat Bamidbar
 
Vol.4 Num. 31
 
Shabbat, May 117:45 AM
R’ Baruch Weintraub, Parshah, Or Chaim
 
10:20 AM
R’ Baruch Weintraub, Parshah, Clanton Park
 
Derashah
 
R’ Mordechai Torczyner, BAYT 
 
6:55 PM
 
R’ Mordechai Torczyner, Daf Yomi, BAYT 
 
7:25 PM
Hillel Horovitz, Receiving Torah in the Desert, Bnai Torah,
marking the yahrtzeit of Chaim Manoach ben Mordechai 
haLevi, Hillel’s father 
 
7:35 PM
Adam Frieberg, Pirkei Avot, Shaarei Tefillah
After minchah
 
R’ Mordechai Torczyner, Shavuot, BAYT 
 
For Shavuot Torah, please see the Yeshiva University To-Go in your synagogue
 
Parshat Bamidbar offers a similar set of terms to describe the Mishkan.Bamidbar 1:53 says, "The Levites willcamp surrounding the
mishkan ha'edut 
," the site in which the Tabletsfrom Sinai are located, a house. On theother hand, Bamidbar 2:2 says, "TheChildren of Israel will camp at adistance, surrounding the
ohel mo'ed 
,"the place where one meets with G-d, thesite of a relationship, a home.Whether the Mishkan is house of G-d orhome with G-d, there is one constant: The Jewish people camp around it. TheLevites surround the Mishkan asprotectors, soldiers ensuring that itssanctity will not be violated. The rest of the nation orients itself around theMishkan as suitors seeking theirbeloved, or flowers turning toward thelight radiating from within.With the presentaton of the Torah atSinai this week, we might contemplatethe same dual approach to Torah. Torahis a house, the documentary repository of Judaism. Torah is also a home, theplace in which we study Judaism andembrace it. We play the roles of both theLevites and the nation, though; weprotect Torah by honouring it andpassing it to the next generationfaithfully, and we draw near to Torah by studying it ourselves. This week, as we accept the Torahanew, let us embrace both roles,guarding our house and living in ourhome.
torczyner@torontotorah.com 
House and Home
 
Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner
 
In a popular children's book,
A House is a House for Me 
, author Mary AnnHoberman depicts the locations inwhich plants, people and animals live.No particular bond exists betweencreature and site; these are simply habitats.
 
In contrast, ProfessorRosemary George (University of California) describes the concept of Home in
The Politics of Home 
. Shewrites of the emotional relationshipwith home, "Its importance lies in thefact that it is not equally available toall. Home is the desired place that isfought for and established as theexclusive domain of a few."Hoberman's house and ProfessorGeorge's home occupy the same space,but Hoberman describes an entity,while Professor George describes arelationship.between a husband and his adulterousspouse.
What is the message of our haftorah?
While we read the haftorah, we feel astwo voices are speaking to us. The mostprominent voice seems to bethreatening the Jewish nation
 – 
"Behold I will close off your way withthorns"(2:9), "No man shall save herfrom My hand" (2:12), "I will terminateall of her rejoicing, her festivals, hernew moons, and her Sabbaths " (2:13).But in the background, a second voicepresents itself, saying that this terriblevengeance will eventually be for thegood
 – 
"I will draw her and lead her intothe desert, and I will speak comfortingly 
to her heart… and she shall dwell there
as in the days of her youth, and as theday of her ascent from the land of Egypt." (2:16-17)It seems that this duality stands as themain connection between our haftorah,Parshat Bamidbar and ChumashBamidbar. Israel's voyage through thedesert, described in this chumash, canbe seen as a series of terrible sins andtheir punishments. However, a carefulreading will see the background voice,telling of a nation following its G-d in anunsown land, in a journey rewardedwith the response, "I will betroth you toMe forever, and I will betroth you to Mewith righteousness and justice andlovingkindness and mercy. And I willbetroth you to Me with faith, and youshall know the Lord." (2:21-22)
bweintraub@torontotorah.com 
Our Haftorah: Hosheia 2:1-22
 
Rabbi Baruch Weintraub
 
Who is the prophet of our haftorah?
Hosheia ben Be'eri directed hismessages primarily to the northern"Yisrael" kingdom, which was led by King Yeravam ben Yoash. The Talmud(Bava Batra 15a) attributes authorshipof the book to the Great Assembly atthe start of the second BeithaMikdash.Hosheia's prophecies depict hisgeneration as corrupt; the people donot fear G-d or their king. (Hosheia10:13) They rebel against G-d (3:1),abuse other people (4:1-2) and areimmersed in drunkenness andimmorality (4). The central image of Hosheia's prophecy is a comparison of the relationship between G-d and thenation of Israel with the relationship
Highlights for May 11-13 / 2-4 Sivan [For Shavuot, See the Reverse Side]
 
Sunday, May 127:15 AM
R’ Ezra Goldschmiedt, Daf Yomi, BAYT 
 
9:15 AM
Hillel Horovitz, Shavuot, Zichron Yisroel, Hebrew
6:30 PM
R’ Baruch Weintraub, Contemporary Halachah in
Israel,
Hebrew
, 4 Tillingham Keep,
mixed 
 
40 min. pre-minchah
 
R’ Baruch Weintraub, Contemporary 
Halachah in Israel,
Hebrew
, Clanton Park,
men 
 Monday, May 138 PM Monday Beit Midrash: Bnai Torah, Clanton Park8 PM
Hillel Horovitz, Melachim II:5-8, Bnai Torah
 9 PM
Hillel Horovitz, Rav Kook’s Ein Ayah, Bnai Torah
 

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