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Dvarim Hayotzim Min Halev
 
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n this week’s Parsha, Yaakov Avinu curses Shimon for his anger that he showed in Shechem. Rashi commentson this and says that Shimon’s descendants were Rebbeim and teachers dispersed throughout B’nei Yisrael.Yaakov cursed Shimon’s anger and then gave him the role of being a Rebbe to children. However we may ask a question on this: How is one thing related to the other? Yaakov just reprimanded and cursed Shimon because of the anger and wrath he had shown, and now Shimon has the job of educating B’nei Yisrael as a Rebbe?
 
Harav Yitzchak Zilberstien
 shlita
, gives an answer which has practical meaning for educators and Reb- beim: Although Yaakov was agitated that Shimon (and Levi) did not consult with him before killing off Shechem,he realized that they were the only ones disturbed enough by this disgrace to Klal Yisrael, so much so that theysacrificed themselves to restore the dignity back to Klal Yisrael. When they saw a breach of justice, they fixed itzealously. When they were meeting with a
rasha
that threatened to destroy and uproot the purity and dignity of 
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Rebbes, Caring and Devoted 
By Avrumi Blisko, Editor-in-Chief, 12th Grade
םדסב לא אבת ישפנ םלהקב לא דחת ידבכ
 
 Into their conspiracy may my soul not enter; within their congregation may my honor not  join.”
 
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he Ramban explains that Yaakov was stating here that the actions of Shimon andLevi in the matter of Shechem were planned and executed without his knowledge or consent. Rashi, however, cites a Midrashic interpretation, according to which Yaa-kov was voicing a prayer that his name not be associated with events that would occur in thefuture involving the descendents of Shimon and Levi. His prayer with regard to Shimonwas that he not be mentioned as an ancestor of Zimri, who sinned publicly with a Midianitewoman and was slain by Pinchas. The prayer was accepted, for when the Torah traces thelineage of Zimri, Shimon is mentioned, but Yaakov is not. With respect to Levi, Yaakov prayed that he not be mentioned as the ancestor of Korach, who rebelled against Moshe.This prayer was also accepted, for when the Torah writes the lineage of Korach, he is de-scribed only as the son of Yitzhar, son of Kehas, son of Levi. Yaakov is not mentioned.
 
Why were these sins especially disturbing to Yaakov, so that he would pray to havehis name removed from any association with them? R’ Yitzchak Kirzner explains that Yaa-kov personified the Middah of Emes, truth, and the study of Torah. His service of Hashemwas based simply on following the exact commandments of Hashem, without attempting touse logic or reasoning to modify his obligations. Both Zimri and Korach attempted to warp
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Good luck on midterms! 
From the staff of Dvarim Hayotzim 
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לה ןמ םיאצויה םירבדב
 
B’nei Yisrael, they boldly and audaciously put down thatthreat at whatever the cost.
 
For that reason,
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Shimon was chosen to bethe Rebbeim of Klal Yisrael. Shimon’s trait of brazennessand boldness are exactly what a Rebbe needs to stand up tochallenges and obstacles. A Rebbe must be strong and firmin helping his students no matter what and who they are,and above all never giving up on them. A Rebbe has the power to change a child’s life and with this big responsi- bility, the traits of not turning away and not bending to pressure are exactly what are needed, as Yaakov saw ap- parent in Shimon.A great and real Rebbe never gives up on one of his students. This story told to me by a friend shows us justto how many lengths a Rebbe goes to for his students and just how great the results are. When Chacham Rav OvadiaYosef was a young child studying in Yeshivat Porat Yosef,he was achieving and advancing greatly in Torah. Howev-er, when he started not to show up in Yeshiva for sometime, his Rosh yeshiva, Rav Ezra Attia zt’l, paid him a vis-it to see how Rav Ovadia was. Rav Ovadia’s father greetedhim at the door and explained that while Rav Ovadia waswell, he was needed at the store to help out and clean, asthe family was poor and struggling to make ends meet.Rav Ezra attempted and tried to convince the father to lethim return to Yeshiva, all the while explaining how im- portant learning Torah was, but Rav Ezra was unsuccess-ful. Much to Rav Ovadia’s dismay, his father couldn’t al-low it. The following day when Rav Ovadia’s father en-tered the store, he surprisingly found the Rosh Yeshivahimself wearing an apron and sweeping the store. The fa-ther asked the Rav, “What is the Rav doing here sweepingand cleaning?” Rav Ezra answered, “as your son wasopening the store, I told him that I had found a replace-ment for free and that he could return to Yeshiva. That re- placement is I. Your son’s learning is more important thanmine!” exclaimed the Rosh Yeshiva. Sure enough, the fa-ther allowed Rav Ovadia to return back to Yeshiva to learnwhere he grew to the great Rav and Talmid Chacham he istoday, all because of the caring and devoted Rav of his thatrefused to give up on him.
 
The first half of this year’s Dvarim Hayotzim MinHalev has been a great success. To all the writers and dis-tributors, without you guys this publication would not beanywhere; thank you so much. Yitzie and Benjamin, your devotion to the publication is shown every week when youstay up late making sure the layout is perfect. Shmuli andYonatan your editing is fantastic, and you guys always
(Avrumi Blisko — Continued from page 1)
 
(Continued on page 7)
 
Torah Teasers
 By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum
 
יחיו תשרפ
Questions
 
1.
בקעי
lived in
םירצמ
for seventeen years. Whereelse in
תישארב רפס
is seventeen years referred to?
 
2. a) Where in the
השרפ
are two pairs of brothersmentioned in the same
קוספ
? b) Which additional brothers are found together in the same
קוספ
?
 
3. a) Where does one person place his hand upon thehead of another person? b) Where else in the To-rah does it say explicitly that a person placed hishand on the head of another person?4.Where is a person mentioned twice in the same
קוספ
 by a different name?
 
5.What animals appear in the
תוכרב
to the sons of 
בקעי
?
 
6.Which beverages are referred to in the
תוכרב
to thesons of 
בקעי
?
 
Answers
 
1.
בשיו תשרפ
 begins when
ףסוי
was seventeen yearsold2. a)
השנמ & םירפא
and
ןבואר
&
ןועמש
are allmentioned in the same
קוספ
. b)
ןועמש
and
יול
arealso mentioned in the same
קוספ
in their combined
הכרב
.
 
3. a)
בקעי
 places his hands on the heads of 
םירפא
and
השנמ
when he gave them a
הכרב
. b) In
תשרפרמא
, the witnesses who heard the
ללקמ
curseHashem placed their hand on his head beforethey stoned him. In
סחנפ תשרפ
,
השמ
rests hishand on
עשוהי
to transfer the leadership to him.There it states, “
ויָלָע ויָדָי־ תֶא מְסּַו
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“And herested his hand on him” but doesn’t explicitlystate that it rested on his head like it does in theother two places.
 
4. In the same
קוספ
,
בקעי
is called both by the name
בקעי
and by the name
לארשי
.5. The following animals appear in the
תוכרב
: The
רוש
, ox, in the
הכרב
of 
יולו ןועמש
. The
הירא
and
איבל
, lion and lioness, in the
הכרב
of 
הדוהי
. The
רומח
, donkey, in the
הכרב
of 
רכששי
. The
שחנ
,snake, and
סוס
, horse, in the
הכרב
of 
ןד
. The
הליא
,ibex, in the
הכרב
of 
ילתפנ
. The
באז
, wolf, in the
הכרב
of 
ןימינב
.
 
6.
םימ
water is referred to in the
הכרב
of 
ןבואר
.
בלח
,milk, and
ןיי
, wine, are referred to in the
הכרב
of 
הדוהי
.
 
Dvarim Hayotzim Min Halev
 
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Torah translated into Greek 8 Tevet 246 BCE
 
In a second attempt to translate the Torah into Greek (after an unsuccessful attempt 61 years earlier), the rul-ing Greek 
-
Egyptian emperor Ptolemy gathered 72 To-rah sages, had them sequestered in 72 separate rooms,and ordered them to each produce a translation. On the8th of Tevet of the year 3515 from creation (246 BCE)they produced 72 corresponding translations, includingidentical changes in 13 places (where they each felt thata literal translation would constitute a corruption of theTorah's true meaning). This Greek rendition becameknown as the Septuagint, "of the seventy" (though later versions that carry this name are not believed to be trueto the originals). Greek became a significant second lan-guage among Jews as a result of this translation. DuringTalmudic times, Tevet 8 was observed by some as a fastday, expressing the fear of the detrimental effect of thetranslation.
Passing of Ezra9 Tevet 313 BCE
 
Ezra, who led the return of the Jewish people to theLand of Israel after the Babylonian exile (423
-
353BCE), oversaw the building of the Second Temple, can-onized the 24 books of the Holy Scriptures ("bible"),and, as head of the "Great Assembly," legislated a seriesof laws and practices (including formalized prayer)which left a strong imprint on Judaism to this very day, passed away on the 9th of Tevet of the year 3448 fromcreation (313 BCE
--
exactly 1000 years after the Giv-ing of the Torah on Mount Sinai). The passing of Ezramarked the end of the "Era of Prophecy."
 
Siege of Jerusalem10 Tevet 425 BCE
 
On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation(425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Neb-uchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later 
--
on Tammuz 9, 3338
--
the city walls were breached,and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was de-stroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.
the laws of the Torah through logic. Zimri asked Moshe, “If Midianite women are forbidden, who permitted you to marry adaughter of Yisro?” ignoring the fact that he was clearly committing a forbidden act. Korach, too, came with an erroneous argu-ment: “If one string of Techeiles (specially died blue wool) is enough for a whole Taalis, should a Taalis made completely of Techeiles not be exempt from the one thread?” They, in their arrogance, convinced themselves that they were smarter than theTorah; that through their logic, they could twist what was the ultimate truth – and Yaakov prayed that his name not be associatedwith such a severe sin.
 
R’ Kirzner notes further that the idea that one must obey Hashem without attempting to rationalize is indeed seen fromthe Tzitzis themselves. It is true that Tzitzis must contain Techeiles, which logically lead a person to recall Hashem, for, as theGemara explains, blue is reminiscent of the sea, which in turn is reminiscent of the sky, which leads one eventually to think of Hashem’s throne. However, it is also important to have white strings, for white symbolizes that which we cannot see. White con-
(Dani Scheinman — Continued from page 1)
 
(Continued on page 9)
 
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2012
 
This Week inJewish History
Collected By Benjamin Watman,11th Grade 
Taken from
http://tannentorah.com
 

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