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ח׳ באדר ה׳תש״ע (February 22, 2010)


The Length and Width of the Ark

The Gemara (Menachot 98a) teaches: “All the vessels of the Temple their lengths [were oriented] to the length of the Temple, except for the Ark, whose length was to the width of the Temple; thus it was placed, and thus its poles were placed.” In other words, the poles of the Ark were placed on the short (width) side of the Ark, and the full length of the Ark was between them, and so it was placed with its length to the width of the Holy of Holies.

The Gemara explains that this was necessary because four people carried the Ark, two in front and two in back, and if the poles were placed on the length of the Ark, there would not be enough room for the two people to stand in the width. However, why was it necessary to stand between the two poles; couldn’t the Levites have stood on the outer side of the poles?

Perhaps we can explain this based on the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 5:8), which adds regarding carrying the Ark that all the Levites would walk facing forward, “but the children of Kehat would walk backwards with their face to the Ark, so as not to turn their back to the Ark.” In other words, the two Levites who walked at the front of the Ark would not walk forwards, but backwards, to show it respect and not to turn their backs to the Ark. This manner of walking is ruled by the Rambam (Hil. Klei Hamikdash 2:13).

Based on this, it is possible to explain that the Levites who carried the Ark had to face it directly, and not to stand on its side. This alludes to the centrality of Torah; we face it directly and don’t just carry it “on the side.”

Beyond the technical need to carry the Ark and place it to its width, perhaps we can also give it a moral meaning. In the Ark were placed the two Tablets, one next to another. On the first Tablet, which contained the first five commandments, were the mitzvot between man and G‑d. On the other Tablet, which contained the other five commandments, were the mitzvot between man and his fellow. If the Ark were to be oriented to its length, it would be necessary to place one Tablet before the other, as if these mizvot were more important than these, Heaven forbid. However, when the Ark is oriented to its width – the two Tablets are placed one next to another equally, both are carried one next to another, and a person encounters both of them before him equally.


כ״ז בשבט ה׳תש״ע (February 11, 2010)


“That you shall Place Before Them”

Mishpatim 5770

On the verse, “These are the ordinances that you shall place before them” (Shemot 21:1), Chazal comment: “before them – and not before non-Jews.” (Gittin 88b) We learn from this the prohibition to adjudicate before secular courts. Thus, the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch (26:1) rule vehemently: “It prohibited to litigate before non-Jewish judges and in their courts even in a case that they rule the same as Jewish law. Even if the two litigants agreed to adjudicate before them – it is prohibited. Anyone who comes to litigate before them is wicked, and it is as if he cursed and blasphemed and raised his hand against the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu a”h.”

What is the reason for the severity of this issue? The source of the Rambam is from the Midrash (Tanchuma Mishpatim #3):

Anyone who leaves Jewish judges and goes before non-Jews, first denied G-d, and afterwards denied the Torah, as it says, “For not like our Rock is their rock – yet our enemies judge us.” (Devarim 32:31) What is this comparable to? To a sick person that the doctor came to visit … The one who will live, I told him, “Do not eat this food,” so that his illness should not worsen. Similarly … to Israel I gave mitzvot and laws that are good, as it says, “You shall observe My decrees and My laws, which man shall carry out and by which he shall live.” (Vayikra 18:5)

The judicial system is the system by which society lives. In addition to the specifics of the laws themselves, the judicial system is nourished by, and also shapes the culture and value system of the society. G-d was concerned to give Am Yisrael good laws and ordinances, and was particular that they should not change them with others, so that they should live by them. Therefore, one who abandons these laws and adopts another system is like on who denies the Torah.

Based on this we understand that the prohibition is not only non-Jewish judges, but also a Jewish judicial system that is not in accordance with Torah law. Thus, the Chazon Ish (Sanhedrin 15:4) writes that there is no difference between a non-Jewish judge and a Jewish judge who rules according to made-up laws. “It is even more indecent, that they exchanged the laws of the Torah for meaningless laws.” Therefore, also in Eretz Yisrael there is a prohibition of arkaot in going before the State civil courts. Instead, one should go before a Beis Din also for monetary matters.

About this we pray three times a day, “Hashiva shofeteinu k’varishona … u’meloch aleinu atah Hashem levadecha – Restore our judges as at first … and rule over us You Hashem alone.”

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כ׳ בשבט ה׳תש״ע (February 4, 2010)


Women’s Melave Malka for Rosh Chodesh Adar

“משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה”
מלווה מלכה מיוחד לנשות יד בנימין!

מוצ”שק משפטים אור לר”ח אדר (13.02.2010)
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The Women of Yad Binyamin are invited to a
Malave Malka in honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar

Motzei Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim
February 13, 2010
7:45 p.m. at the Matnas

An evening filled with fun and laughs
featuring the talents of our friends and neighbors!

If you would like to perform (song, dance, drama, instruments, etc), please contact Ammi
@ 052-721-0340 or ammidorevitch@gmail.com

No Charge for the Event!

We are requesting that guests please bring a tasty treat!
To find out what we need please contact Melanie 050-294-4487 or minnachaya@aol.com


כ׳ בשבט ה׳תש״ע (February 4, 2010)


The Power of Simcha at Yeshivat Torat haChayim

Amazing day of English Lectures and Music in Yad Binyamin Feb. 14th Presented by Yeshivat Torat Chaim

The Power of Simcha: A Life Changing Day of Learning, Growth & Music


  • Rabbi Zeff Leff
  • Rabbi Mordechai Machlis
  • Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
  • Rabbi Pinchas Winston

Music by Shlomo Katz & Torat Chaim Musicians

WHEN: Rosh Chodesh Adar
Sunday, Feb. 14 – 3:00- 10:00 pm

WHERE: Yeshivat Torat Hachayim, Yad Binyamin
Rosh Hayeshiva  – Rabbi Shmuel Tal

Entrance: 35 nis – Students: 25 nis
Separate Seating
Food, Books, CDs, Judaica,, Crafts & More

For information, transportation information & group rates call: 050-868-4020
Details at: http://www.powerofsimcha.com and Yeshivat Torat haChayim.


3:00-3:30 Minha & Intro By R. Shlomo Katz
3:30-4:15 Rav Machlis
4:15-5:00 Rav Winston
5:00-5:15 Break
5:15-5:45 Film – 30 minutes
5:45-6:30 Rav Leff
6:30-7:00 Dinner break
7:00-7:45 Rav Pliskin
7:45-8:00 Film about the Yeshiva
8:00-8:15 Rav Tal
8:30-10:00 Kumzitz with R. Shlomo Katz
10:00 Maariv



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