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Shabbat Announcement March 29

Shabbat Announcement March 29

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 Parshat Tazria-Shabbat Hachodesh
 
A Blind Kohen Can't Rule On Negaim Even Though A Kohen Shoteh Can
The majority of this week's parsha deals with the laws of Tzoraas (commonly translated as leprosy, which in truth it is not). In several places, the Talmud says that Tzoraas comes as a punishment for a variety of sins. The most commonly quoted exposition is that Tzoraas comes as a result of lashon hara [gossip/slander]. Chazal utilize a linguistic exegesis of the word Metzorah [leper] to teach this idea. They indicate that Metzorah is a contraction of the words motzi rah [he spews forth evil]. The Torah teaches: "If a person will have on the skin of his flesh a s'eis or a sapachas, or a baheres, and it will become a Tzoraas affliction on the skin of his flesh; HE SHALL BE BROUGHT TO AARON THE KOHEN, OR TO ONE OF HIS SONS THE KOHANIM. [Vayikra 13:2]. Rashi states: "It is a decree of Scripture that there is neither impurity of affliction of Tzora'as nor their purification except by word of a Kohen." In other words, even if the Kohen is not an expert in these laws, and even if he does not know what he is talking about (the laws of Tzoraas are indeed complicated and complex), if the Kohen is told by a scholar what to say and he parrots the words of the Talmid Chochom, the blemish is pronounced tahor [pure] or tamei [impure] based on the proclamation of the Kohen, not on the proclamation of the Talmid Chochom who is not a Kohen. The Rambam elaborates on this principle in Hilchos Tumas Tzoraas Chapter 9 Halacha 2: "Even though anyone is fit to inspect blemishes, purity and
Rabbi Frand on Parshat Tazria
impurity (tumah and tahara) depends on the Kohen. How so? A Kohen who does not know what to look for has a scholar inspect (the blemish) and has the scholar instruct him 'Say it is impure' and the Kohen says 'impure'; or the scholar instructs 'Say it is pure' and the Kohen says 'pure'; or the scholar instructs 'Put him in a suspended state for another week' and the Kohen puts him in a state of suspension as it is written 'based on their mouths shall be every fight and every blemish' [Devarim 21:5]. And even if the Kohen is a minor (katan) or an imbecile (shoteh), the scholar instructs him and
 
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Hashkama 8:00 am Parsha Shiur 8:30 am Youth Minyan 8:30 am Main Minyan 9:00 am Beit Midrash 9:15 am Gemorah Shiur 5:50 pm Mincha 6:50 pm Shabbat Ends 8:06 pm Sun. March 30
7:30 /8:30 am
Mon., Thur. 6:35/7:45 am Tues., Wed. Fri 6:45/7:45 am Mincha 7:05 pm Latest Times for Shema/Shmoneh Esrei Mar 29
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 March 29, 2014 27 Adar II, 5774
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Kiddush is sponsored by GNS  with a Herring Table sponsored by Lisa & Michael Aryeh and Roya & Ben Shavolian in honor of the birth of Mark Gersten’s grandson And Bianca & Edwin Sharizian’s daughter Bima Flowers are sponsored by the Flax Family in honor of Mary Flax's 100th Birthday. Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Lisa & Alan Adler in memory of his parents Bella & Murray Adler, z"l.
 
he decides whether the person is definitely impure, pure, or suspended further..."
Based on this Rambam, the Minchas Chinuch speculates whether or not the proclamation (based on direction of a scholar) of a blind Kohen regarding a
nega
 would be effective. The Minchas Chinuch discusses the possibility. However, it is implicit in the Meiri and also from Rashi and Tosfos in Sanhedrin 34 as well, that a blind Kohen CANNOT rule on the status of Tzoraas, even if so directed by a Talmid Chochom. This is learned out from the expression
[Vayikra 13:12] "l'chol mar'eh einei haKohen" (wherever the eyes of the Kohen can see). Rashi on this pasuk quotes the Toras Kohanim, Negaim, perek 4:4: "To the exclusion of a Kohen whose power of vision is impaired." Under normal circumstances, it would be obvious to us that a blind Kohen cannot rule on such matters of visual determination. However, in light of the earlier cited Rambam that even a minor or mentally deficient Kohen can rule based on the guidance of a scholar, the exclusion of a blind Kohen is somewhat of a novelty. What in fact is the difference between a katan and shoteh on the one hand and a blind Kohen on the other? Why must the Kohen see the blemish with his own eyes? I saw an interesting answer to this question from the Tolner Rebbe. In the Talmud [Sanhedrin 104b], Rava asks in the name of Rabbi Yochanan: Why does the letter "Peh" precede the letter "Ayin" in the third and fifth chapters of Eichah (in which the pasukim are otherwise arranged in perfect alphabetical sequence)? Rava answers that this sequence commemorates the Spies who spoke with their mouths (Peh) that which they did not see with their eyes (Ayin). In other words, they spoke subjectively without basis in what they had actually witnessed.
26 Old Mill Road, Great Neck, NY 11023 (516) 487-6100 Shaabbat Announcements Parshat Tazria/Shabbat Hachodesh 5774
This teaching is an insight into Lashon Harah in general. Many times, Lashon Harah is a crime of saying something that one has not seen. Typically, with this kind of gossip, a person sees something and then jumps to a conclusion and speaks, not about what he has seen but what he surmises based on what he has seen. Lashon Harah is a crime of letting one's mouth (Peh)  jump ahead of what his eye (Ayin) has seen. Halevai, we should be able to eliminate all of our gossip. But if we at least accepted upon ourselves to cut back on speaking those things which we have never seen, that would be great progress in our efforts towards Shmiras haLashon [Guarding one's tongue]. Homiletically, the Tolner Rebbe uses this idea to explain why a Kohen Shoteh can rule on the status of Negaim, but a blind Kohen cannot. We want to send a message that "You have to see it!" If you do not see it, you cannot say "tameh". A Kohen Shoteh does not have much intelligence, but at least he saw it. That gives him the license to talk about it. A blind Kohen, who does not see the Negah (like most people who speak lashon harah without having seen what they are speaking about), has no license to speak.
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26 Old Mill Road, Great Neck , NY 11023 Dale Polakoff, Rabbi Ian Lichter, Assistant Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Wolf ,z”l, Rabbi Emeritus Zeev Kron, Cantor Eleazer Schulman, z”l, Cantor Emeritus Rabbi Sholom Jensen, Youth Director Zehava & Dr. Michael Atlas, Youth Directors Mark Twersky, Executive Director Rabbi Avraham Bronstein, Program Director Dr. Scott Danoff, President Harold Domnitch, Chairman of the Board Dena Block, Yoetzet Halacha 516-320-9818
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TWO WAYS TO GET A MITZVAH THIS PASSOVER
GNS -Passover Food Chesed Collection 2014 : Got Matzah?? Please drop off Passover canned & boxed food items to donate to Needy Families!! Please donate Passover Packaged Food by dropping it off at the Lunzer Home, 91 Bayview Ave Drop off Sun.- Fri.: till April 10 and at the Atlas home, 9 Brook Lane Sun-Fri: till April 10 You can also drop matzah off at the shul. Please ring bell so it can be brought into the house. Please leave all food in shopping or garbage bags at the garage door . Please Do Not bring items in Glass containers. Thank you for being a part of this special Mitzvah! Chometz Chesed Collection 2014 :
 
Don’t throw out your Chometz! Please donate your Chometz now!!! Please drop off your Chometz in the box in the garage at Rabbi/Rebbetzin Lichter’s home at 76 Bershire Road. Their garage is located on Margo Street. You can drop off every day – all day- in their garage through April 10

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