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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Rav Amar: Bring Your Kids To Hear Aseret Hadiberot

Source: Kikar
Kol Korei

To fulfill the custom of bringing children to the reading of the Ten Commandments

Our rabbis of blessed memory said:
HKB"H said to Israel: "My children!  Read this portion every year, and I will consider it as if you were standing before Mt. Sinai and accepting the Torah." (Pesikta DeRav Kahana, Piska Bahodesh Hashelishi)
Every year, we accept the Torah anew.  Therefore, exactly for the same reason that at the time of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, all of Israel were present - men, women, and children - similarly, it is incumbent upon everyone to try to come to the synagogue on Shavuot in order to be present at the time of the reading of the Ten Commandments.

There is a special importance to bringing children as our sages of blessed memory tell us that before Hashem gave the Torah to the nation of Israel, He requested guarantors to guarantee the fulfillment of the Torah by the Jews.  The Jews suggested various guarantors, but only when they said, "Our children will be our guarantors," did Hashem agree to give them the Torah.

We should not forget to bring with us the "guarantors" to the acceptance of the Torah.

And may it be Hashem's will that in the merit of the unity of the nation of Israel - men, women, and children - around the Torah "like one man, like one heart", we will merit to see Hashem's returning the return of Zion in the Final and True Redemption with the coming of Mashiah Tzidkeinu.

1 Comments:

At Sun May 12, 07:28:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giving Charity on Erev Shavuot

Rav Chayim Palachi (Turkey, 1788-1868), in his work Mo'ed Le'kol Chai (8), records the custom to give charity on Erev Shavuot. One should set aside ninety-one coins (whichever coins one chooses) and then add another thirteen coins one at a time, until he reaches a total of 104, twice the numerical value of the Hebrew word "Ben" ("son"). One should then give the money to a needy Torah scholar.

Rav Chayim Palachi adds that this practice is effective in earning atonement for the sin of Adam in Gan Eden, the sin of the golden calf, and sins involving the desecration of the Berit Mila. Moreover, it functions as a "Segula" to help childless couples have children, and to bring the redemption closer.

http://www.dailyhalacha.com/

 

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