Newsletter Parashat Ki Tavo



Dear Members and friends of the Bet Hakeneset 
with a lot of help from Hashem we have managed to have a minyan for selichot
from the beginning of Elul until now. 
We are grateful to members of our Bet Hakeneset for their extra efforts in this achievement 
however, we are also grateful to members of other shuls for helping our minyan every day

Next week the other minyanim in town will have their own minyanim and as a result, we will lose their support.

As we approach the last full week before Rosh Hashana
we ask everyone to please help us continue the Selichot minyan till Yom Kippur.

Tizke lemitzvot


Ladies’ Seating Plan for the Yamim Noraim – High Holy Days


Dear Ladies,


As we know tefila, prayer, is our strongest tool in connecting directly to Hashem and especially during the upcoming awe-inspiring days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, now only a few days away. It is vitally important that we use our tefilot to ask Hashem to inscribe each and every one of us in the Book of Life and that all may merit a year of health and happiness.


The Shulchan Aruch expresses the importance of makom kabua, makon kodesh – that a person’s regular and fixed place where he or she prays has a direct relationship to the power of the tefila, to the extent that the place a person prays is called kodesh – holy.


Therefore, in order to avoid disappointment on such special days we are willing to reserve a seat for lady members of our community.


We will attempt, to the best of our ability, to allocate the seats according to where the ladies sit throughout the year, but we cannot guarantee how the seats will be allocated. We will also consider accommodating places for unmarried girls over Bat Mitzva to sit next to or close to their mothers.


Please tick for which day(s):

1)     ONLY Rosh Hashana (2 days)                       _______

2)     ONLY Yom Kippur                                          _______

3)     BOTH (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur)       _______


Please let us know below who the seat is for:

1)     Name  _______________________________

2)     Name  _______________________________

3)     Name  _______________________________

Please note, we will gladly reserve and allocate you a seat, however, if for example, you are allocated a seat for Yom Kippur but can only come for Ne’ilah please understand that your seat cannot be kept vacant all day, when others could use the seat until you arrive.


Therefore, we endeavour to do the following:


·        A clear sign will be posted asking ladies to respect the allocated seating plan by not sitting in someone’s allocated place and to vacate the seat as soon as the lady comes.


·        If someone is sitting in your allocated seat when you arrive, you have the right to politely ask that person to move.


·        We request that you ask the lady to move in the most polite, discreet and nicest way possible so as not to cause embarrassment, offence or any discomfort whatsoever.



Thanking you in advance.

Tizku leshanim rabot



The Gabbaim


Deadline for  reserving a seat will be on 

Wednesday 5th September

25th Elul 

4:00 pm


PS – Whilst there is no charge for allocating you a seat, any donations made will be gratefully appreciated.


Silver cleaning this Sunday at 1:30 pm in the Bet Hakeneset 

May Hashem bless all those who are involved in the mitzva of 

Ze Keli Veanvehu – to beautify the mitzvot



Yamim Noraim Time table 

(also attached on this email)



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Q & A on Parashat Ki Tavo


All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated

  1. When did the obligation to bring bikkurim begin?
    26:1 – After the Land was conquered and divided.
  2. Bikkurim are from which crops?
    26:2 – The seven species for which Eretz Yisrael is praised.
  3. How does one designate bikkurim?
    26:2 – When he sees the first fruit ripen on a tree, he binds a piece of straw around it to mark it as bikkurim.
  4. Who shakes the basket containing the bikkurim?
    26:4 – The kohen places his hands under the hands of the one bringing it, and they wave the basket together.
  5. What does "v'anita v'amarta" mean?
    26:5 – Speak loudly.
  6. Which Arami "tried to destroy my father?"
    26:5 – Lavan.
  7. When during the year may bikkurim be brought? Until when are the special verses recited?
    26:11 – Bikkurim are brought from Shavuot until Channuka. The verses are recited only until Succot.
  8. Someone declaring that he separated terumah and ma'aser says: "And I didn't forget." What didn't he forget?
    26:13 – To bless Hashem.
  9. What were the Jewish People to do with the 12 stones on Mt. Eval?
    10. 27:2 – Build an altar.
  10. Six tribes stood on Mt. Eval and six on Mt. Gerizim. Who and what were in the middle?
    27:12 – Kohanim, levi'im and the Holy Ark.
  11. Who "causes the blind to go astray?"
    27:18 – Any person who intentionally gives bad advice.
  12. How does one "strike another secretly?"
    27:24 – By slandering him.
  13. Eleven curses were spoken on Mt. Eval. What is the significance of this number?
    27:24 – Each curse corresponds to one of the tribes, except for the tribe of Shimon. Since Moshe didn't intend to bless the tribe of Shimon before his death, he did not want to curse them either.
  14. Why are sheep called "ashterot"?
    28:4 – Because they "enrich" (m'ashirot) their owners.
  15. How is the manner of expressing the curses in Parshat Bechukotai more severe than in this week's parsha?
    28:23 – In Bechukotai the Torah speaks in the plural, whereas in this week's Parsha the curses are mentioned in the singular.


Halachot from Maran Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Ztz'l


מדברי מרן זצ"ל לחודש אלול – ראש השנה האחרון של מרן זצ"ל

מידי שנה בשנה בימי חודש אלול, היה מרן רבינו הקדוש רבי עובדיה יוסף זצ"ל הכ"מ, עובר מעיר לעיר וממקום למקום בכל רחבי הארץ, לחזק את התורה, ואפילו בימי הזקנה, היה מטריח עצמו ללכת לשלושה וארבעה מקומות מידי ערב.

וזכור לנו, לפני כשנתיים, בערב יום הכפורים, תוכננה עצרת תשובה בהשתתפות מרן זצ"ל באיצטדיון "יד אליהו" שבתל אביב, ובסמוך למועד העצרת, היא בוטלה.

ביום ההוא, לאחר תפלת מנחה, קרא לנו מרן זצ"ל  לחדרו, ואמר לנו בדאגה, כי מאחר ובוטלה העצרת, הלא עתה הוא מפסיד זמן יקר, כי הימים הם ימי התשובה, ויש בכחו להשפיע בדברי התעוררות על הקהל. לכן הוא מבקש שימצאו לו מקום חילופי שיוכל להרצות שם את דבריו. (ובהשתדלות עוזרו הרב צבי חקק שליט"א, הלך מרן זצ"ל בלילה ההוא ל"מרכז הרב", והשמיע שם דברי תורה ומוסר. ובענין זה כתבנו בהרחבה נפלאות ממעשיו, בספר אביר הרועים חלק שני שיצא לאור בס"ד בימים אלה).

ראו כמה יקרים הם ימים אלו, שהלב פתוח לדברי תשובה, ועל כל אחד ואחד, להשתדל בכל כחו, שלא להתרשל חס ושלום במלאכת שמים, ולחזק ולהתחזק, וה' יתברך שומע תפלה, ורוצה בתשובה, יקבל את תפלתינו, ויענה לעתירתינו, ויוליך אותנו באורח מישור, בטוב ובחסד, ויחדש עלינו שנה טובה ומבורכת, תכלה שנה וקללותיה, תחל שנה וברכותיה.

אחד הנושאים המרכזיים עליהם היה מרן זצ"ל מדבר בעצרות התשובה בערים המרוחקות, היה ענין חינוך הילדים, ונעתיק כאן מדבריו בענין זה:

מורי ורבותי! חוב קדוש מוטל עלינו לחנך את בנינו בתלמודי תורה ובישיבות, כמו שכתוב "ושננתם לבניך", ואז יתקיים בנו הפסוק "וכל בניך למודי ה' ורב שלום בניך".

בואו וראו מה שאמרו חכמינו זכרונם לברכה על דוד המלך עליו השלום: אמר רבי אבין, אין אנו יכולים לעמוד על אופיו של דוד המלך, לפעמים הוא קורא לעצמו "עני ואביון", כמו שנאמר, "הטה ה' אזנך ענני כי עני ואביון אני", ולפעמים הוא קורא לעצמו "מלך", כמו שנאמר, ה' בעזך ישמח "מלך" ובישועתך מה יגל מאד. הא כיצד? אלא שבשעה שהיה דוד המלך צופה ברוח הקודש והיה רואה שמלכים צדיקים יוצאים מחלציו, כגון אסא ויהושפט, חזקיה ויאשיהו, היה שמח וקורא עצמו מלך. ובשעה שהיה צופה ברוח הקודש ורואה שיוצאים ממנו מלכים רשעים, כגון אחז, מנשה, אמון ויהויקים, היה קורא עצמו עני ואביו. ללמדך, שאין אדם מאושר ושמח, כמו זה שיש לו מזרעו בנים תלמידי חכמים וצדיקים. אין לך אדם עני ואביון, כאדם שבניו סטו מדרכי האבות, ומן התורה והמצוות, מחללי שבת וימים טובים, וכל דבר תועבה אשר שנא ה'.

הערובה לזכות לבנים צדיקים, היא חינוכם במוסדות שמלאים יראת שמים. כי "חנוך לנער על פי דרכו גם כי יזקין לא יסור ממנה".

והנה מרן רבינו הקדוש זצ"ל, היה נאה דורש ונאה מקיים. ובראש השנה בשנה שעברה, שהיה ראש השנה האחרון בחיי מרן זצ"ל, הוא יום ראש השנה שבו נגזר עלינו שמרן זצ"ל יסתלק מאיתנו. היה מרן זצ"ל מאושפז בבית החולים, והוא חלש מאד ומלא מכאובים, והיה נראה כי על פי דרך הטבע ימיו ספורים. ובכל זאת, כאשר נכנסו לבקרו ניניו, שהם עוסקים בתורה, בא לדבר איתו אחד הרבנים בענין ציבורי, נשען מרן זצ"ל על כסאו, ואמר, "כל מה שאתה מדבר, אין זה חשוב כעת, תראו כמה מאושר אני! כמה שמח אני! שיש לי נין שעוסק בתורה! כמה שמחה הוא מסב לי!"

וכך תמיד, לא היה לו אושר בחייו, זולת בלימוד התורה, ובראותו את בניו ונכדיו אחריו עוסקים בתורה. זכותו תגן עלינו, וממרום יעמוד בתפלה עלינו, שהשם יתברך יחיש לגאלנו גאולת עולמים, ונזכה לראות בתחיית המתים, ומלאה הארץ דעה את ה' כמים לים מכסים. אמן. (וראה עוד במאור ישראל דרשות, עמוד כ).


The Words of Maran zt”l During the Month of Elul-Maran’s Final Rosh Hashanah

Every year during the month of Elul, Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l would travel from city to city across Israel in order to strengthen the ideas of Torah learning and fear of G-d among the nation. Even in his advanced age, Maran zt”l would trouble himself to go to three or four places nightly.

Approximately two years ago, a mass Teshuva gathering was planned to take place in the “Yad Eliyahu” stadium in Ramat Gan on Erev Yom Kippur. For whatever reason, shortly before the gathering was to be held, the event was cancelled.

That day after Mincha services, Maran zt”l called over his devoted grandson, Rabbi Yaakov Sasson Shlit”a, author and coordinator of the Hebrew Halacha Yomit, and told him worriedly that since the event was cancelled, he would be missing a prime opportunity, for they were in the midst of the Ten Days of Repentance and he would be able to influence and uplift countless people. Maran therefore requested that he be found an alternate venue to speak at. (Thanks to the intervention of Maran’s trusted aid, Rabbi Tzvi Hakak Shlit”a, Maran zt”l spoke words of Torah, Mussar, and inspiration in Yeshivat Merkaz Harav.)

If only we would pay attention to how much one’s heart is open to repentance during these days. Every individual must exert the maximum amount of effort in order to strengthen one’s self and others during this time and not, G-d-forbid, to become lax in one’s service of Heaven. Hashem who listens to all prayers and desires repentance shall surely accept our prayers and guide us along a path filled with goodness and kindness as well as granting us a sweet new year.

One of the main topics Maran zt”l would discuss during Teshuva events in far-out cities was the issue of educating one’s children. Let us quote some of his precious teachings:

“Ladies and gentlemen! It is a great and holy obligation for us to educate our children specifically in Yeshivot, as the verse states, “And you shall teach them to your son” and only after this shall we merit fulfillment of the verse, “And all your children shall be taught of Hashem and great shall be the peace of your children.”

Just look at what our Sages tell us about King David: Rav Avin said: We cannot be certain of King David’s character, for sometimes he refers to himself as ‘poor and downtrodden,’ as the verse states, ‘Turn your ear, Hashem, and answer me, for I am poor and downtrodden’ while other times he refers to himself as a king, as the verse states, ‘Hashem, through your might shall a king be glad and through your salvation shall he be exceedingly glad.’ How can this be? Rather, when King David saw through divine revelation that righteous kings would descend from him, such as Assa, Yehoshafat, Chizkiyahu, and Yoshiyahu, he was joyful and would refer to himself as a king. However, when he would see through divine revelation that wicked kings would emerge from him, such as Achaz, Menashe, Amon, and Yehoyakim, he would refer to himself as ‘poor and downtrodden.’” This comes to teach us that there is no happier man on earth than one whose children are righteous Torah scholars and, on the other hand, there is no one poorer and more pitiful than one whose children have strayed from the path of our forefathers and from the holy Torah and Mitzvot by desecrating Shabbat, holidays, and doing any other things Hashem despises.

The guarantee for righteous children is educating them in institutions filled with fear of Heaven, as the verse states, ‘Educate the lad according to his own way; even when he grows old he shall not stray from it.’”

Maran zt”l was certainly true to his own word. Last Rosh Hashanah was the last Rosh Hashanah of Maran’s life and the day it was decreed that he would be taken from us. Maran zt”l lay weak and infirm in a hospital bed and it seemed that he only had several days remaining. Nevertheless, when his great-grandchildren, who toil in Torah and fear of Heaven, came in to visit him, another rabbi came in to discuss a public matter with Maran. Maran leaned against his chair and exclaimed, “Whatever you are telling me is not that important at the moment. Look how happy I am to have a great-grandchild who studies and delves in Torah! He causes me such joy!”

As always, nothing brought Maran zt”l more joy in the entire world than Torah study and seeing his children and grandchildren following the Torah’s path. May Maran’s merit serve to protect us and may he pray for us on high that Hashem speedily redeem us for eternity. May we soon merit being reunited with our great leader, Maran zt”l with the Resurrection of the Dead and may the world be filled with the knowledge of Hashem like the waters that cover the seas, Amen (see Ma’or Yisrael-Derashot, page 20).



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