as a way of showing that they do philanthropy to show respectto humanity. Therefore, only by the observation of such actsdoes the doer gain this sense of satisfaction for doing the gooddeed. But there is another group of people who is even more praiseworthy. They go beyond “etiquette”. Altruism, accordingto this group, is not something that should be done only becauseother people are watching, but should be done when no one isthere, and even more so when the masses look down at suchgood deeds. Kindness is done for the sake of kindness and notfor other motives.With this background, Rabbi Soloveitchik says thatthese two groups embody Shem and Yefes. Shem did the act of covering his father not for honor or for the praises, but for thesake of being kindhearted. However, Yefes did the act for other people to see him and praise him. Shem, without anyone seeing,ran to cover his father, and Yefes followed him, an also helpedcovered his father, but only while Shem was watching. There-fore, Shem, who covered his father for the sake of being kind, iscredited for being the one doing the act and not Yefes. This alsoexplains the reward of each brother. Shem, who did his kind-ness privately, got the
which, according tothe
, should be under one’s clothing, in private. Yefes,who did the kindness for other people to watch and see that herespects humanity, obtained the merit of being buried, a rewardwhich is done in public and which is the ultimate respect of hu-
(Moishy Rothman — Continued from page 1)
(Continued on page 6)
cause he used every means available to him to try and survive,including scaling the highest mountains, climbing the tallesttrees, and building rafts. But by the time the waters reachedtheir highest point of 30
above the mountain peaks, the lastman (other than those in the
) had perished.
The Me’am Loez, on the other hand, gives a deeper ex- planation. He suggests that Hashem engineered the events of the
specifically so that man would expire last, in order togive mankind one final opportunity to do
This highlights the importance of doing
. Hashemwas completely willing to accept mankind’s
even at thelast second, after all they had done to deserve the destruction of the world. The Rambam, in his
, discusses theamazing transformation that
can bring about in a person.Even the worst sinner, at the last moment, can be completelyforgiven for his actions and can grow closer to Hashem.
This is an important lesson. We should all understandthe importance of
and try to get closer to Hashem, nomatter how little we did wrong; if Hashem will accept the worst
on the brink of destruction, then he will no doubtaccept our
for any small action we may do wrong.
(Yitzie Scheinman — Continued from page 1)
By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum, 9th Grade Rebbe
1. Which parshas are named for people? (6 an-swers)2. Where else in the Torah is a raven referred to?3. Which mitzvah is given personally to bothAdam and Noah?4. A rainbow is called a keshet. Where else inthe book of Genesis does the Torah speak about a keshet in reference to a regular bow?(5 answers)5. Which grandfather and grandson had the samename?6. When do we say Kaddish after a non
1. The six parshas named for a person: Noach,Chayei Sarah, Yisro, Korach, Balak, Pinchas.2. The raven is found in Leviticus 11:15 andDeut. 14:14 in the list of non
kosher birds.3. Adam and Noah are both given the mitzvah"to be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:28,9:1).4. When Hagar and Yishmael are in the desert,the verse states that he was a "bow's distance"away (Genesis 21:16). A few verses later, theTorah refers to Yishmael as "an arch-er" (Genesis 21:20). Before giving the bless-ing, Yitzhak instructs Esav to take his bow and prepare a meal (Genesis 27:3). Yaakov givesthe city of Shchem to Yosef, which he cap-tured "with [his] sword and bow" (Genesis28:22) The bow is also mentioned later on inthe blessing that Yaakov gave Yosef (Genesis49:24).5. Nachor has a son Terach who has a son alsonamed Nachor (Genesis 11:24, 26).6. In the last verse of the parsha, Terach dies(Genesis 11:32). When completing the readingof the parsha, the one who reads the Torah,recites Kaddish.
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