Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Chazan Yair Subar
President Howard Nadler ~~~~~~~~~~~ Shavuot – Parashat Naso
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From the Rabbi’s Desk: Shavuot – Naso:
Having had the wonderful opportunity to spend Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem this past week, I was struck by the eloquent and prophetic words of Psalm 48 that describe the ancient city and its beauty. What was intriguing was not simply the use of language, but the fact that the authors, the sons of Korach, had never ever seen the holy city. The authors were contemporary of Moshe Rabbenu, the sons of Korach who led a rebellion against his leadership.
It is obvious that the composers of this psalm were divinely inspired to develop the sublime phraseology and prose in Psalm 48 which we recite every Monday morning at the end of services. Many Jews throughout Jerusalem have imagined what Jerusalem looked like in times of glory and in periods of ruin. Who does not imagine what the Jerusalem of the Second Temple was at a time of its greatest existence? Though we have all seen models of the Jerusalem of the Second Temple period, our imagination runs wild with what actually was.
The blessing we recite on a daily basis in the Amidah asking G-d to rebuild Jerusalem is being actualized on a daily basis today, as one sees the incessant construction of new facilities throughout the city, apartment buildings, office locations, etc. But of course our focus is on the building of the one edifice that defines who we are as Jews regardless of whether we live in Israel or do not. The Holy Temple is yet to be constructed. Having experienced the march and participation of hundreds of thousands of Jews, mostly young to commemorate Yom Yerushalayim, one can only conjure up dreams of how early pilgrimages took place to Israel during Pesach, Shavuot and Succot and the crowds that will celebrate when Mashiach comes and the Temple is rebuilt.
NASO- It is customary in communities in Jerusalem to have Birkat Cohanim recited every morning during services, the blessing which finds its source in this weekâ€™s Torah reading. It is a very moving experience to hear these words recited at the Kotel. On the morning of Yom Yerushalayim, we attended shacharit services conducted by the rabbis and students of the Yeshivot Hesder, and we were in awe of the power of the ancient blessings at the Wall. Literally thousands of young people attended services that morning making that occasion even more meaningful.
TOPIC FOR TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT- LECTURE BY RABBI FINKELSTEIN AT 11:15PM.
FROM VILNA TO VENICE: HOW THE PRAYER OF AKDAMUT ALMOST SPLIT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY- a historical and halachic analysis of issues that surrounded the recitation of this prayer.
Sources for Analysis: Talmud Bavli, Massechet Yevamot 13b-14a, Rambam, Mishne Torah, HIlchot Avodat Cochavim , chapter 12, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 493, Magen Avraham on site, Machatzit Hashekel, on site, Sheelot Utsuvot Shaar Efraim, question 10.
Following the main shiur by Rabbi Finkelstein, there will be other shiurim organized by Rabbi David Rotenberg and others. First minyan will be at 4:45 AM. Regular minyan at 9:00 AM
Rivka, Tani, Judith and I wish you and your families a chag sameach.
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