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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, September 24, 2017


Said Moshe: “And now Israel, what does G-d want of you? Only that you fear G-d your L-rd.” (Deuteronomy 10:12)The Summary of All Fear

One of the most discussed verses in this week’s portion deals with the fear of Heaven.

Moshe presents the Children of Israel with a simple request fear G-d. Though it may sound simple we all know that it is not. The problem is that Moshe presents the petition as if it were a simple feat. He says, And now Israel, what does G-d want of you? Only that you fear G-d your L-rd (Deuteronomy 10:12). He makes it sound as though the fear of G-d is only a minor matter.

The Talmud in Tractate Berachot asks what we all might ask: Is the fear of G-d such a small thing? The Gemara relates how Rabbi Chanina said in the name of Rabbi Shimon ben Yocha’i: The Holy One, blessed be He, has in His treasury nothing except a stockpile of the fear

If the brightest students are left unattended to, on the assumption that they are good kids and can work on their own, these “smart kids” may degenerate into “smart alecks,”  who have heard the answers to everything already, and are always bored. Torah for All Ages

One of the most expounded upon parts of the Haggadah at Pesach is the portion of the Four Sons. There are reams of Divrei Torah about what they represent, as individuals and as a group. The Rasha (the “wicked” son), in particular, tends to get a lot of attention, both positive and negative, as troubled students tend to get. However, in the same classrooms where the troublemakers get all the attention, there is also a second group of students who demand time and preparation from the teacher

When Moshe was told about the directive to wage war, he moved with gusto. He gathered the troops, appointed Pinchas as a general, and motivated his army for the war. (PICTURED ABOVE: MODERN DAY WARRIORS OF ISRAEL)Collateral Damage

“War,” said General Sherman, “is not the glory that boys make of it.” He termed it even worse; the antithesis of Heaven. The ramifications of conflict transcend the battlefield, often impacting the lives of civilians and neutral parties in ways that are both unpredictable and terminal.

In this week’s portion, Moshe is commanded to wage war against Midian, the nation whose daughters seduced the Israelites into a quagmire of sin and Divine retribution. If Hashem asks His nation

When Yitro gave his famous and wise advice, he spoke about easing Moshe’s burden by letting only the “big” cases through to Moshe.No Child’s Game

“Do not recognize faces in judgment…Hear the small as the big…Do not be fearful of a man because the ultimate judgment is G-d’s…The matters that are difficult for you bring to me and I will hear them.” (Devarim 1:17)

“And you shall discern from among the entire people, men of accomplishment, G-d fearing people, men of truth, people who despise money, and you shall appoint them leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, and leaders of tens. They (the district courts) will

In his commentary on Bamidbar, the Netziv states that the Korban Tamid of the morning was offered as a prayer that Bnei Yisael excel in their study of the Written Torah, as the daytime hours are best suitable for such study. The evening Korban Tamid was offered as a prayer for Bnei Yisrael’s success in learning the Oral Torah.Understanding the Korban Tamid

If one learns the last two chapters of this week’s parsha, one finds a long and detailed account of the korbanot (animal sacrifices) for every holiday. This is not the first place in the Torah that the holidays are listed. One finds them recorded in Parshat Emor, and further descriptions are in Parshat Re’eh. The Korban Tamid, which is not an official holiday korban, has even been listed before, in Parshat Ki Tisa. If the Torah does not write unnecessary information