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Two for the Price of One

In this week's Parshah of “Vayakhel & Pekudai”, we have actually two twin Parshahs and we read both of them this Shabbos. This phenomenon occurs at occasional intervals throughout the year. The obvious question is why this arrangement and what triggers a double-Parshah?

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THE BIG LETTERS

In this week's Parshah of “TAZRIA-METZORA” we find (13’ 32’) one of the verses containing an intentional oversized letter; a ‘GIMMEL’ in the word “V’hisgalach. This is not some arbitrary misprint, indeed we see in Talmud Nedarim 37b, and Kedushin 30a that even the purposefully varied spellings, and intentional deviation of spelling vs. pronunciations are traditions received at the giving of the Torah, and transmitted via the unique system of oral tradition of our holy Torah. Besides the oversized letters, we also have undersized letters, and occasional dots placed above some letters. Truth be said, this understanding of the Torah, only works in conjunction with the idea that our Torah is Divine and inviolate. The Sages say that every letter in the Torah represents a spark and Neshomah (holy soul) of Jews, each one unique. It is an essential core belief that the Torah was Divinely issued, and accurately transmitted throughout the generations. It may be fascinating to note, that during the dark ages, when the world descended into an abyss, there were two areas of world Jewry, one in eastern Europe, and one in the Middle East including Spain and Northern Africa. Although these two cultures were virtually incommunicado to each other, never the less over the duration of a millennium, the Torah scrolls of each, when matched up, were nearly identical to each other, down to the last letter.

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Tribute to a stalwart founding member of the Montreal belz community

Yankel Bineth zAfter the holocaust when he realized that many of his family members perished, he immediately looked for a way to resettle and start again. He could not swallow the improvised accommodations the joint etc' would temporarily set up for the refugees, and therefore went to learn a trade of manufacturing shirts, to become self sustainable.

He got married with Mrs. Bineth (nee Paskus) who shared his positive attitude. They set out as a pair of diligent hard workers making a living and helping any relatives who managed to live through the war.

 

Horrified by the eruption of the Korean War, which appealed to many as a replica of the holocaust, they then moved to Australia, as this was far away from trouble. Mr. Bineth entered there into the bakery trade which became his profession until his passing away. (He was still part of this workforce when his heart failed him after Passover.)

For this period in Australia he also majored in askanus as he was a gabai, being active and instrumental in the building of the few fledgling institutions which were then born.

But not seeing in Australia a spiritual future for his family which had at that point 7 kids, he sold his stake in the bakery and went on a long Trans Atlantic trip by boat to the Canadian shores en route to Montreal where he had some friends.

Here in Montreal he enthusiastically turned his days and nights into the huge bakery empire. Forging past any struggles like battered partnerships and tight competition, he soared ahead always looking to add new ideas and products.

Never having time for mundane matters, yet not being a tense strict person, this made his acquaintance something people cherished and enjoyable.

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Mar Cheshvon , a time for introspection

Last year klall yisrael was devestated a number of times with horrific news coming from , supposedly our own 'camp.'Gedolim have requested that every Jew take upon themselves ,or and renew a committment to learn mussar.

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DEAL WITH IT

In this week’s double Parshah of “Achrei-Kedoshim” we read the Haftorah belonging to Parshah Achrei; namely the last 10 verses of AMOS (code of Jewish law O”C 428’8”). This is atypical in two ways. First, in case of twin Parshahs, we normally read the Haftorah of the last Parshah and here it is the Haftorah of the first, and secondly the Haftorah is meant to be at least 21 verses and ours is only 10.

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