Newsletter Parshat Pekude

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Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni


Thursday & Friday

7 & 8 March 2019



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ALL the members of the Kehila

who worked so hard to prepare 

such a beautiful 

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in our Bet Hakeneset

Big Thank you as well to ALL the generous donations received

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May Hashem repay you with

semachot in your own families


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the members of the kehila who 

'week in week out'

buy, prepare & clear up after every week's kiddush

May we always have semachot in our Bet Hakeneset 


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This Shabbat

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to wish our dear friends
Dr & Mrs D Marshall
a big Mazal Tov
on celebrating their 
50th wedding anniversary
a big thank you
for the many years of service 
you have both dedicated
and continue dedicating 
to our Bet Hakeneset

May Hashem repay you 
and send you BOTH 
good health, beracha, mazal & hatzlacha 
nachat from all your family





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Q & A on Parashat Pekude

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

  1. Why is the word Mishkan stated twice in verse 38:21?
    38:21 – To allude to the Beit Hamikdash that would twice be taken as a "mashkon" (pledge) for the sins of the Jewish People until the nation repents.
  2. Why is the Mishkan called the "Mishkan of Testimony"?
    38:21 – It was testimony for the Jewish People that G-d forgave them for the golden calf and allowed His Shechina to dwell among them.
  3. Who was appointed to carry the vessels of the Mishkanin the midbar?
    38:21 – The levi'im.
  4. Who was the officer in charge of the levi'im?
    38:21 – Itamar ben Aharon.
  5. What is the meaning of the name Betzalel?
    38:22 – "In the shadow of G-d."
  6. How many people contributed a half-shekel to the Mishkan? Who contributed?
    38:26 – 603,550. Every man age twenty and over (except the levi'im).
  7. Which material used in the bigdei kehuna was not used in the coverings of the sacred vessels?
    39:1 – Linen (See Rashi 31:10).
  8. How were the gold threads made?
    39:3 – The gold was beaten into thin plates from which threads were cut. (See Rashi 28:6).
  9. What was inscribed on the stones on the shoulders of the ephod?
    39:6, 39:7 – The names of the tribes.
  10. What was on the hem of the me'il?
    39:24,25 – Woven pomegranates and golden bells.
  11. What did the Kohen Gadol wear between the mitznefet and the tzitz?
    39:31 – Tefillin.
  12. What role did Moshe play in the construction of the Mishkan?
    39:33 – He stood it up.
  13. Which date was the first time that the Mishkan was erected and not dismantled?
    40:17 – Rosh Chodesh Nissan of the second year in the desert. For seven days before this, during the consecration of Aharon and his sons, Moshe erected and dismantled the Mishkan. (Rashi 39:29)
  14. What was the "tent" which Moshe spread over the Mishkan(40:19)?
    40:19 – The curtain of goatskin.
  15. What "testimony" did Moshe place in the aron?
    40:20 – The Luchot Habrit.
  16. What function did the parochet serve?
    40:21 – It served as a partition for the aron.
  17. Where was the shulchan placed in the Mishkan?
    40:22 – On the northern side of the Ohel Mo'ed, outside the parochet.
  18. Where was the menorah placed in the Mishkan?
    40:24 – On the southern side of the Ohel Mo'ed opposite the shulchan.
  19. Who offered the communal sacrifices during the eight days of the dedication of the Mishkan?
    40:29 – Moshe.
  20. On which day did both Moshe and Aharon serve as kohanim?
    40:31 – On the eighth day of the consecration of the Mishkan.


Halachot from Maran Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Ztz'l

משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה

בגמרא במסכת תענית (דף כט.) אמר רבי יהודה בנו של רב שמואל בן שילת משמו של רב , כשם שמשנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה. אמר רב פפא, הלכך כל אחד מישראל שיש לו דין (דהיינו משפט) עם נכרי (גוי), ישתמט ממנו בחודש אב, משום רוע מזלם של ישראל בחודש אב, וישתדל שיצא הדין בחודש אדר משום שאז מזלם של ישראל הוא טוב מאד.

ומקור הדברים, הוא כמו שנאמר במגילת אסתר, "והחודש אשר נהפך להם מיגון לשמחה", ללמדינו, שמזל החודש גורם הצלה וטובה לישראל, שבחודש זה מזלם הוא טוב.

והקשו המפרשים, כיצד אמרו בגמרא שבחודש אדר יש מזל טוב לישראל, והרי אמרו רבותינו (שבת קנו:) שאין מזל לישראל, דהיינו שישראל אינם נתונים תחת השפעת כוכבים ומזלות כמו הגויים, אלא נתונים באופן מוחלט וישיר להשגחת השם יתברך, ונאמרו בזה כמה תירוצים.

הריטב"א (רבינו יום טוב בן אברהם) כתב, שאף על פי שאין מזל לישראל, מכל מקום בשני חודשים אלו, אב ואדר, יש מזל לישראל, דהיינו שהמזלות משפיעים על ישראל, משום שכך נגזר עלינו מאת השם יתברך. והוסיף עוד שאפשר לומר, שלעולם אין המזל שולט בישראל, ומה שנאמר שיש מזל טוב בחודש אדר וכו', היינו שיש גזירות טובות על ישראל בחודש אדר. (והגזירות הם מהשם יתברך, ולא על ידי כוכבים ומזלות, אשר הם אינם משפיעים כלל על ישראל).

והמהרש"א תירץ, שמה שאמרו רבותינו אין מזל לישראל, היינו שאם נגזר מן השמיים שלא תבוא שום פורענות על ישראל, באמת לא תבוא שום פורענות, וכן אם נגזרה טובה על ישראל, בודאי היא תבוא, בלא קשר למזלות, אבל אם חלילה יש על אדם איזו גזירה רעה, אותה הגזירה עשויה יותר לבוא בזמנים שמזלו של אותו אדם אינו טוב, ולכן הרבה גזירות קשות באו על ישראל בחודש אב בכלל ובתשעה באב בפרט, וכן להיפך, אם נגזרה על אדם גזירה טובה, אותה הגזירה עשויה יותר לבוא בזמנים שמזלו של אותו אדם הוא טוב, ובחודש אדר מזלם של ישראל הוא טוב.

אולם הגאון חתם סופר כתב, שדין זה, שיהודי שיש לו משפט עם נכרי, יסדר שהמשפט יהיה בחודש אדר, אינו נכון להלכה. וטעמו הוא, משום שאין מזל לישראל. והסביר, שמטעם זה השמיט הרמב"ם בחיבורו הגדול את הדין הזה, משום שלהלכה אין להתחשב בענינים אלה, שהרי אין מזל לישראל. ומרן רבינו הגדול שליט"א, חלק עליו, הואיל ומדברי רבותינו הנ"ל מוכח, שאף על פי שאין מזל לישראל, מכל מקום שייך לומר שבחודש אדר מזלם של ישראל טוב יותר. ומה שהרמב"ם בחיבורו לא הזכיר ענין זה, יש לתרץ שהוא משום שאין זה ענין הלכתי שיש לכתבו בספרו של הרמב"ם, אלא עצה טובה בלבד

“When Adar Begins, Happiness Increases”

The Gemara in Masechet Ta’anit (29a) tells us, “Rabbi Yehuda son of Rav Shmuel ben Shilat taught in the name of Rav: Just as when the month of Av begins happiness is diminished, so too, when Adar begins happiness increases. Rav Papa says, therefore, if a Jew has a court case with a gentile pending, he should avoid having it in the month of Av when the Jewish nation’s fortune is bad, and try to have it held during the month of Adar when the Jewish nation’s fortune is good.”

The source for this is based on a verse in Megillat Esther which states, “And the month which was switched for them from tragedy to joy,” which teaches us that the good fortune of this month brings about salvation and goodness for Israel, for indeed their fortune is very good during this month.

The commentaries ask: How can the Gemara say that during the month of Adar the fortune of the Jewish people is good, does the Gemara (Shabbat 156b) not say that the Jewish nation has no fortune, which means that they are not under the influence of various stars and constellations as are the other nations of the world, rather they under the direct supervision of Hashem? There are several answers to this question.

The Ritba (Rabbeinu Yom Tov ben Avraham) writes that although the Jewish nation has no fortune, in the months of Av and Adar they are indeed under the influence of the constellations, for this was the way it was decreed by Hashem. He adds that it is possible that the Jewish nation is never under the influence of the constellations and what is meant by the Gemara that Adar is auspicious etc. is that during the month of Adar, good things are decreed upon the Jewish people. (These decrees are directly from Hashem, blessed is He, and not from the constellations or stars for the Jewish nation is not influenced by them.)

The Maharsha explains that what our Sages meant when they said that “the Jewish nation has no fortune” is that if it was decreed in Heaven that no punishment befall Israel or that a certain good thing happen to them, it will surely happen as such, regardless of any stars or constellations. However, if, G-d forbid, something bad was decreed on a specific person, it will usually befall him during times when his fortune is not the best. Thus, many tragic experiences have befallen the Jewish nation during the month of Av and especially on Tisha Be’av (the Ninth of Av). Similarly, when good things are decreed upon a specific person, they will usually befall him when his fortune is good and the month of Adar is especially auspicious for the Jewish people.

However, Hagaon Chatam Sofer writes that this law that a Jew who has a pending court case with a gentile should try to have it fall out during the month of Adar, is halachically incorrect. His reasoning for this is because the Jewish nation has no fortune. It is for this reason that the Rambam omits this Halacha from his great work, for the Halacha is that one should not pay any attention to these matters, as Israel has no fortune. Maran Harav Shlit”a disagrees with this opinion, for it is quite clear from the words of the aforementioned authorities that although the Jewish nation has no fortune, nevertheless, it is still possible that during the month of Adar their overall fortune is better. We can explain that the reason why the Rambam omits this law from his work is because this matter is not of halachic nature; rather it is only a wise piece of advice 


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