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Dvarim Hayotzim Min Halev
Volume XIV - Issue 21The DRS Weekly Torah Publication
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The Importance of Yichus
By Daniel Ash, 12th Grade
n this week’s parsha, the pasuk states,” And these are the descendants of Aharon and Moshe on the day thatHashem spoke to Moshe at Har Sinai” (Bamidbar 3:1). The next pasuk goes on to list Nadav, Avihu, Elazar,and Itamar, the 4 sons of Aharon. However, the Torah does not list any of the sons of Moshe. Rashi com-ments on this pasuk that the sons of Aharon are also called the children of Moshe, because Moshe taught them To-rah. And Rashi adds that we learn from here that “whoever teaches the son of his friend Torah, the Torah consid-ers it as if he fathered them” (Gemara Sanhedrin 19b).The Maharal has a question on the logic of Rashi: According to this, the Torah should mention that all themembers of the entire Jewish nation were also considered the sons of Moshe! After all, Moshe did teach Torah tothe whole population at Har Sinai and other places as well. The Maharal answers that Rashi is making an im- portant point here that can be a message for all of us. Even though Moshe did teach Torah to all of Bnai Yisrael,he made sure to take extra time and extra special care with Aharon’s sons
his nephews. The Maharal adds that for a parent, there are no boundaries. The parent will make sure to go beyond the call of duty and will always go the
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My Rebbe and My Father 
By Daniel Aharon, 10th Grade
“They established their genealogy according to their families, according to their  fathers’ household. (1:18)”
hen Klal Yisroel accepted the Torah on Har Sinai, the nations of theworld were filled with jealousy. They complained, “Why did this na-tion, more than any other, merit being given the Torah and broughtclose to Hashem?” Hashem overrode their complaints by telling them, “Bring meyour Sefer Yuch’sin (genealogy records) as My children, the Jewish people, did because they were given the Torah in the merit of their Yichus (distinguishedlineage)”.
The Dubno Maggid asks the following question: What connection doesYichus have to receiving the Torah? Is the Torah only for people with Yichus?He explains that when Moshe presented the Jewish people with Hashem’s offer to give them the Torah, they enthusiastically responded “Kol Asher De
 ber Ha-shem Na’aseh” “Everything that Hashem has spoken, we will do”. The YalkutYisro comments that Klal Yisroel said to Hashem “All that you will command usto do in the Torah has already been performed by our forefathers. Therefore, weare especially worthy of receiving the Torah.” It seems that the Yalkut’s interpre-
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Torah Teasers
 By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum
1. A major census is recounted in the parsha. Whereelse in the book of Numbers is there a census of theJews?
2. Which nasi (tribal leader) has the same first name asa nasi (national president) in the time of the secondTemple?
3. In this parsha, with respect to which two people doesthe Torah explicitly state that he has no sons?
4. Which nasi (tribal leader) is the brother 
law of Aharon the High Priest?
5. Which two people in this parsha are explicitly calleda "firstborn"?
6. Whose death is mentioned in this parsha? (2 answers)
7. Which of the 10 plagues is mentioned in this parsha?
8. Which relative of Moshe shares the name of an an-cient city in the land of Israel?
9. The name of which "mysterious" animal appears sixtimes in this parsha?
10. Which five members of the same immediate familyhave names that begin with the same Hebrew letter?
1. In parshas Pinchas, in the last year of the 40
year  journey in the desert, another census is taken of theJews (Numbers 26:1).
2. Gamliel ben Pedatzur, from the tribal of Menasheh(Numbers 1:10), shares a first name with the famous
and great sage of the second Temple era
Rab- ban Gamliel.
3. The Torah states that the eldest sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, have no sons of their own(Numbers 3:4).
4. Nachshon ben Aminadav, the tribal leader of Yehu-dah, is the brother 
law of Aharon. Aharon is mar-
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meditated upon his sins and was seized with fear.Their faces were deathly white. Many of them faint-ed.
After a few moments which seemed like aneternity, the reading drew to a close and the noble-men recovered somewhat. Deeply embarrassed, theyslipped away by ones and twos.
After the conclusion of the prayers, the Jewssat down to the traditional dairy meal. Betweencourses, the Shpoler Zeide said he would now ex- plain the mysterious events that had taken place.The excited chassidim listened attentively.
“I assure you that your landlord and the restof those noblemen will remember for the rest of their lives how they heard the Ten Commandmentshere today, and they will never afflict you again. Toaccomplish that, I was forced to trouble Moses, our teacher, himself to come here and to read the Torah.I had no choice. He went too far. You have a greatmerit, my friends, to have been here today.”
The assembled Jews all looked at each other in amazement. But there was more to come.
“You should know that your landlord, theduke, is not just an ordinary gentile. He has in him aspark of the soul of Jethro, the priest of Midian, whocame to the Jews in the desert before they reachedMt. Sinai and acknowledged the existence of G
d...and that Israel is His chosen people.”
That night, after the holiday ended, the dukesent a pair of messengers to his tenant’s house torequest that the rebbe come to see him. The tzaddik agreed and went with them to the castle. The twomen spent hours together alone, behind lockeddoors. The next morning the Shpoler Zeide returnedhome. He never told anyone what he had spokenabout privately with the lord.
From that day on, the landlord’s attitude to-wards his Jewish tenants changed dramatically.They were able to live in peace and prosperity,without any unfair pressure from the lord. Not onlythat, but with his own money he paid for the con-struction of a synagogue for the Jews who lived onhis estates. He did insist, however, that it be built onthat spot on the hill where the holy rabbi had cometo pray.
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Dvarim Hayotzim Min Halev
Taken from
26 Iyar
Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (1707
1747),author of classic works of Jewish philosophy, known bythe acronym of his name, Ramchal. He was born in Italywhere he quickly became known for his vast Torahknowledge and beautiful literary style. It is said that byage 14, he already knew the entire Talmud and Midrash by heart. Ramchal's
 Path of the Just 
, which describes astep
step process to attaining spiritual perfection, is aclassical work of Mussar (Jewish ethics) that is studiedwidely today. Other of Ramchal's important works in-clude The Way of God, a systemized study of Jewish philosophy, and
 Da'at Tevunot 
, an exposition on kabba-listic concepts. Ramchal moved to Amsterdam where heworked as a diamond cutter, and later to Israel, where he perished in a plague at the age of 40. He is buried next tothe famed Rebbe Akiva on a hillside in Tiberias.
27 Iyar
In 1945, the Theresienstadt concentration camp was lib-erated. Theresienstadt was not a death camp by the usualdefinition. It was the center of a Nazi PR ploy
a myth-ic, idyllic city that was supposedly built to protect Jewsfrom the vagaries and stresses of the war. The Red Crosswas once allowed to visit Theresienstadt, which wasspruced up for the occasion; inmates were dressed up and baked goods suddenly filled the shelves. (The Red Crossconcluded that the Jews were being well
treated.) In real-ity, starvation and disease proved rampant. Of the200,000 people (mostly Czech Jews) who passed throughits gates, thousands died of malnutrition and exposure,and others were sent to Auschwitz.
28 Iyar
In 1967, Israeli paratroopers completed their capture of the Old City of Jerusalem, restoring Jewish control of theTemple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. Soldiers danced,sang and cried at the Western Wall, the site of Jewish prayers for centuries. A plaza was cleared in front of theWall, and one week later, tens of thousands of Jewsswarmed to the site on the holiday of Shavuot. Iyar 28 iscelebrated today as Yom Yerushalayim, commemoratingthe reunification of the Holy City, which has stood as thecapital of the Jewish nation for 3,000 years.
29 Iyar
Yahrtzeit of Shmuel (Samuel) the Prophet (930
878BCE). Shmuel was born to Chana, who had been barrenfor many years and prayed intensely for a child. Shmuelwas raised in an atmosphere of great holiness, and be-came a leading prophet in Israel. Shmuel's greatest con-tribution was in anointing the first king of Israel, Saul,and later anointing King David in his stead. (Somesources list Shmuel's yahrtzeit as 28 Iyar.)
1 Sivan
In the Hebrew year 2448 (1312 BCE), seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt, the Jewish people arrived atMount Sinai. They spent the next five days in intense purification and preparation to receive the Torah.
2 Sivan
In 1946, Rumanian leader Ion Antonescu was executedfor his role in World War II. Antonescu passed dozens of anti
Jewish laws, and directly ordered pogroms and de- portations to concentration camps. Antonescu, whosestepmother and wife were both Jewish, said: "I give themob complete license to massacre [the Jews]. I will with-draw to my fortress, and after the slaughter, I will restoreorder." Under his governance, approximately 300,000Jews were killed in Romania and Transnistria, wheremany had been deported. Toward the end of the war, An-tonescu was arrested and put on trial by the Communistgovernment in Bucharest
on the primary charge of having supported the German invasion of the USSR. Hewas sentenced to death and executed.

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