Matot 5774
Torah thoughts by
Rabbi Aron Rosenberg along with Kollel current events

SHABBOS    Lighting   8:02 pm  (early not before 6:50 pm)   Shacharis 8:30 am     Shema  9:14 am                Mincha 7:55 pm followed by seudah shlishis      Maariv   9:04 pm     Havdalah  9:12 pm

 “If a man makes a vow to Hashem…” (30:3)

The parsha begins with a discussion of two different types of vows: neder and shavuah. Instead of labeling the with the terms “oath” and “vow”, let us describe how they work.

A neder creates an issur cheftza, that is, the vow is verbalized by prohibiting an object, as in “The loaf of bread is prohibited to me like a sacrificial animal.” A shavuah is verbalized by prohibited or obligating an action, an issur gavra, as in “I will not eat the bread,” or “I will eat the bread.”

There are practical halachic differences. For example, if a person says “I will not sit in a sukkah” (action), he will still have to sit in a sukkah on Sukkos because he has a pre-existing obligation to sit in a sukkah. But if he says “Huts are prohibited to me” (object), he can not sit in a sukkah on Sukkos because the object became prohibited to him. He has circumvented his pre-existing obligation to sit in a Sukkah.

The Ramban points out that the language which the Torah uses in describing the neder and shavuah are different. The Torah says, ”If a man will make a neder to Hashem.” But we find “ I will make a shavuah by Hashem.”(Gen 24:3)
What is the difference?

The medrash says that a neder is like a person “swearing by the life of the king”, whereas a shavuah is like “swearing by the king himself.” Although this statement carries with it deep and esoteric meanings, perhaps we can give a simple explanation.

As we have said, a neder prohibits an object like a sacrifice. That is something which is being given to Hashem. The object becomes hallowed in a certain sense. But when a person makes a shavuah, he himself becomes the object of the oath. As it says in the verse, ”to prohibit on his soul.” Since his soul becomes the focus of his oath it is as if the “King” himself has been entered into the discussion since a person’s soul is a portion of Hashem.



Shabbos Classes
· 8:00 am…. Emes L’Yaakov on Parsha with Rabbi Rosenberg
· 11:00 am…Chovos Ha’levavos with Rabbi Worch
· 5:55 pm….Gemara (for Young Men of All Ages) with Rabbi Worch
· 6:55 pm…. Avos d’Rebbe Nosson with Rabbi Worch
· 6:55 pm…. Minchas Chinuch with Rabbi Rosenberg


Avos U’vonim  2 hours before Mincha for 50 minutes.
All boys  (grade 3 – 8) and their fathers are welcome.

Women’s Shabbos afternoon  classes.
This week July 19 at the home of Mrs. Hindy Finkel 3705 Arcadia Place
at  5pm. Guest Speaker  Rabbi Gershon Schaffel

Rabbi Aryeh Leib Fivel Shulman
Visiting scholar and candidate for the Rosh Kollel position
Will be speaking this Shabbos
*Early Mincha 6:30 pm
*9:30 pm Oneg Shabbas at the home of  Steve and Lori Neren, 3915 White Cloud
*Shabbos morning after Kiddush Approximately 10:45 am   “Food for Thought”
* Mincha 7:55 pm followed by seudah shlishis“The Three Weeks, Bein Hametzorim”

Please join us as we “Meet and Greet” Rav Shulman
At the Kollel on Sunday, July 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
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Rabbi Oren’s continuing class Mondays at 8:30 pm
A Telling Tale: Understanding the stories of the Gemara
and applying them to our lives
For Men and Women

A six part series on
Toras Eretz Yisrael
Come and join us as we travel on Tuesdays through Eretz Yisroel
in the eyes of Halachah and Machshavah
July 22nd– Rabbi Aron Rosenberg: Shemitta and Selling the Land:
The Interplay of Commerce and Kedushah
Tuesday at 8:30 pm, for men and women

The Siddur and the Sedra
Perspectives in prayer arranged according to the parasha.
Presented Wednesdays at 8:30 by Rabbi Kalman Worch
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Tanach Studv Group for Women
with Mrs. Liberman will meet July 21 at OT 10am

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