In loving memory of MRS. SARAH (CHARLOTTE) ROHR
Issue 271 וילך- פרשת ניצבים
Parshas Ha’azinu 2 Tishrei 5778
ַּפ ְר ַׁשת ַה ֲא ִזינּו • ב' ִּת ְש ֵׁרי ה’תשע״ח
ַּפ ְר ַׁשת ַה ֲא ִזינּו TEACHER'S RESOURCES TEACHER’S GUIDE • ENGLISH SICHA • YIDDISH SICHA • TRANSCRIPT • PARSHIFIER
Teacher's Guide שיחת פרשת האזינו ח׳ תשרי תשמ״ו
“Know your enemy”, is one of the most essential fundamentals in war. In order for a soldier to go into battle confidently, he must be thoroughly fluent in all the tactics that his enemy may use against him. If not, all his training and ammunition will not help. How could a soldier be commanded to fight, when he does not know who he is fighting against? How could a soldier
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know what type of ammunition to use, if he does not know the ammunition of the enemy? Part of the rigorous training of a soldier is to be able to spot and identify an enemy at first sight, and destroy him. As our general, the Rebbe devoted many talks to Tzivos Hashem identifying the claims of the Yetzer Hora. “The Yetzer Hora will come to a Yiddishe child and tell him…” is an oft-expressed opening of the Rebbe’s “Order of the Day”. Because before a soldier can begin a mission in battle, he must first know exactly what he is up against. The Rebbe makes us fluent in the claims of the Yetzer Hora, in order to be able to identify him at first sight, not giving any attention to his words, and definitely not falling further into his trap. Sometimes the Yetzer Hora may even seem to be saying something very true. The Yetzer Hora is very sly and cunning, and knows how to manipulate his intention into a seemingly true point. Yes, it may seem that the Yetzer Hora is saying true facts. But these facts are misconstrued by the world’s perception of these facts. The true and only reality of this world however, is only in the Torah. To fight back the Yetzer Hora, The Rebbe shows us, that if we look into the Torah, we will see that the Yetzer Hora’s words are based off the falseness of this world’s misconception. Based on the Torah’s lessons and instructions to us, we can see how the Yetzer Hora’s claims are actually baseless and inherently flawed.
י״ב-פרשת האזינו—פרק ל״ב—פסוק ז׳ “ש ַׁאל ָא ִביָך וְ יַ גֵ ְדָך … יַ ֲעקֹב ֶח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹו … ה׳ ָב ָּדד יַ נְ ֶחנּו וְ ֵאין ְ ”ִעמֹו ֵא־ל נֵ כָ ר “Ask your father and he will tell you … Yaakov is Hashem’s inheritance … Hashem alone led the Yidden, and no strange god was able to attack them”
Parshas Haazinu is a beautiful poem that Moshe Rabbeinu
said to the Yidden at the end of their journey in the desert, to emphasize the importance of learning Torah, fulfilling Mitzvos, thereby maintaining their special connection to Hashem. In the second aliya, Moshe tells the Yidden: ְש ַׁאל ָא ִביָך וְ יַ גֵ ְדָךask your parents and they will tell you, ֹאמרּו לָ ְך ְ ְז ֵקנֶ יָך וְ יor your grandparents and they will say to you, ְב ַּהנְ ֵחל ֶעלְ יֹון ּגֹויִ םwhen Hashem created all the nations, ְב ַּה ְפ ִרידֹו ְבּנֵ י ָא ָדםwhen Hashem created all the nations, יַ ֵצּב גְ ֻּבֹלת ַע ִמּיםHe established the boundaries of the nations לְ ִמ ְס ַפּר ְבּנֵ י יִ ְש ָׂר ֵאלto match the number of the Yidden,
כִ ּי ֵחלֶ ק יְ הֹוָ ה ַעּמֹו יַ ֲעקֹב ֶח ֶבלbecause Yaakov and the Yiddishe nation is נַ ֲחלָ תֹוHashem’s portion and inheritance. ה׳ ָב ָּדד יַ נְ ֶחנּו
Hashem alone is the One who led the Yidden in the desert,
וְ ֵאין ִעמֹו ֵא־ל נֵ כָ רand no strange god was able to attack them.
In these pesukim, Moshe is telling the generation of Yidden who will live after Moshe’s histalkus about their special connection to Hashem. Hashem only created
all the nations of the world for them, because they are His inheritance, His most prized possession. Although this generation did not personally witness the miracles Hashem did for the Yidden in the desert, if they ask their fathers and grandfathers, they will hear that ever since the Yidden were chosen at Matan Torah, no person or power could harm them.
The Rebbe points out, that with these pesukim, Moshe is not just telling us our history, but the secret of our history; the reason
why “— וְ ֵאין ִעמֹו ֵא־ל נֵ כָ רno person or power could harm us, is because “ —ה׳ ָב ָּדד יַ נְ ֶחנּוHashem, (the One and only Creator and Leader of the entire world), chose us”—“—”יַ ֲעקֹב ֶח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹוto be a unique and exceptional nation. Moshe was showing the Yidden that when they are connected to Hashem, nothing can come in their way!
While this is indeed a powerful explanation of the secret of the Yiddishe nation, what lesson can we take for our every-day life? The answer is, the same way that throughout the years there were enemies who rose up to challenge the Yiddishe nation,
every Yid is personally challenged by his Yetzer Hora. The Yetzer Hora challenges us: “You are just a little child from a small nation among so many great nations, and you’re expected to conquer the world by getting everyone to recognize that Hashem is the Creator, and everything must be done as He commands? That’s absurd! You think you crowned Hashem as King of the world on Rosh Hashona? How can you, a small child, have the power to crown Hashem as King of the world?” These pesukim show us that we have absolutely nothing to be scared of, and we shouldn’t pay any attention at all to the words of the Yetzer Hora because he is totally wrong.
Yes, it’s true that we are a small nation among so many other nations, but “יַ ֲעקֹב ֶח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹו,” when Hashem created all the other nations, He only did so in order to create us and choose us—each and every Yid—to be His nation and inheritance. And the same way that “ה׳ ָב ָּדד יַ נְ ֶחנּו,” Hashem is a special and unique Creator, we are an “ַעם ב ָּדד,” ָ a special and unique nation! When we are connected to Hashem, we have His strength and ability to fulfill the mission He gives us, and “וְ ֵאין ִעמֹו ֵא־ל נֵ כָ ר,” nothing is able to get in the way, just as it was throughout history!
Chayolim! At this time right after Rosh Hashona, when we
have just proclaimed once again, happily and mightily, that Hashem is the King of the whole world, we become especially connected to Hashem, drawing the strength to fulfill our mission of letting everyone know that Hashem is the King of the entire world. We tell our Yetzer Hora, “With Hashem on our side, we will completely defeat you, and you’ll never win us again!”
English Sicha In Parshas Ha’azinu, the Torah says, “ — שאל אביך ויגדך זקניך ויֹאמרו לךask your father, and he will tell you [ask] your elders, and they will inform you.” All Yidden must question their fathers or grandfathers. And what will they tell them? “When the Most High, Hashem, gave the world’s nations their lot ... He set up the boundaries of people according to the numbers of Bnei Yisroel. Because Hashem’s portion is His people Yaakov, the lot of His inheritance. Rashi explains: Why did Hashem go through so much effort to save humanity at the beginning of Creation, despite their grave sins? Because “Hashem’s portion” was hidden within every person, destined to emerge from the people at the beginning of time. And who is Hashem’s portion? “His people.” And who are His people? “Yaakov, the lot of His inheritance.” Your father and grandfather will tell you that Hashem chose “Yaakov”—each and every Yid—to be His inheritance. Hashem chose the Yidden without paying attention to the fact that there were so many other nations around to choose from. At times, the Yetzer Hara comes and confuses a child, chas v’shalom, by telling him, “You are just a small kid, from a small nation, among so many others. How can you demand to be one of the Tzivos Hashem soldiers? This is a huge involvement that means transforming the entire world so everyone sees, “In the beginning Hashem created the heavens and the earth.” And how can you crown Hashem anew to be the King over the entire world?” The above posuk from Parshas Ha’azinu teaches us that we have nothing to be worried about, and we don’t have to pay any attention to the words of the Yetzer Hara. Hashem personally chose the Yidden, along with anyone who wants to be part of the Jewish nation, to be “חבל ”נחלתו- the lot of His inheritance.” And Hashem, the same One about Whom a later posuk says, “ — ”ה’ בדד ינחנוHashem guided them—alone,” picked Bnei Yisroel out of all other nations, making sure that they too became one with Hashem. They are the nation to whom Hashem gives power to carry out His mission in this world. And every year when the Yidden once again joyfully proclaim that Hashem is King over the entire world, this gives them power to be a solitary nation. They are in a position to overcome anything that may try to disturb them, and the Yetzer Hara is entirely nullified in regard to them. The posuk concludes, “And there was no foreign avoda zara [among the Yidden].” This means, as Rashi tells us, that none of the avoda zaros of the other nations of the world had the power to go to war with us. Indeed, nothing can go against kedusha and Yiddishkeit because we are entirely one—“the lot of His inheritance”—with Hashem, This is how it’s been since Matan Torah, and it is what we were told by our fathers and grandfathers.
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Throughout the transcript the colored text are the words that are included in the rally video.
אטער ֶ ָזאלְ ן ִזיְך נָ אכְ ְפ ֶרעגְ ן ַבּא ֶדעם ָפ- ""ש ַׁאל ָא ִביָך וְ יַ גֵ ְּדָך ְ You should ask your father ,יידן ְ ַבּיי ֶדעם ֵז, ָא ֶדער ַבּיי ִדי ְז ֵקנִ יםor your elders, your grandfather. ער ֵציילְ ן ְ ווֶ עט ֶער ֶדThen, he will tell you יבּן ְ ִעקל ְ ֶאֹויסג ְ ּער ְש ֶׁטער ָהאט ְ אֹויב ֶ ווִ י ַאזֹוי ֶדערhow Hashem has chosen ""ח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹו ֶ יַ ֲעקֹב'ן ַפארYaakov as His legacy, ,עדער ִא ְידן אּון ַאלֶ ע ִא ְידן ֶ ֶ יevery single yid. יבּן ְ ִעקל ְ ֶאֹויסג ְ אּון ָהאט ֶעםHe chose them .זֹויפיל ֶפעלְ ֶקער ַארּום ִ 'איז גֶ עווֶ ען ַא ִ קּוקענְ ִדיק ווָ אס ְס ֶ נִ יטalthogh there were many other nations.
- אּון גִ יט גְ לַ יְ יְך כֹ ַּח,ער ָמאנְ ט ְ ווָ אס ָדאס ֶדThis declares and immediately gives the power
,ערן פּון ַאייְ ְך ְ עד ֶ ֶ יto every one of you ,עקן ְ ער ְש ֶׁר ְ ֶער ָזאל ִזיְך נִ יט ֶדnot to be afraid , אּון ִאינְ גַ אנְ ְצן נִ יט לֵ ייגְ ן ַאכְ טand not to pay attention at all ווָ אס ֶדער יֵ ֶצר ָקאן ֶעם ווֶ עלְ ן ַחס וְ ָשׁלֹום ְמ ַבלְ ֵבּל ַזיְ יןto the Yetzer Hora who wants to, chas v’shalom, confuse you.
,ּיסט ַא ְקלֵ יין ִקינְ ד ְ אּון ָזאגְ ט ַאז דּו ִבHe tells you that you are just a small child , פּון ַא ְקלֵ יינֶ עם ָפאלְ קfrom a small nation, ,ישׁן ַאזֹוי ִפיל ֶפעלְ ֶקער ְ ִעפינְ ְסט ִזיְך ְצוו ִ ֶ אּון דּו גand you live amongst so many other nations.
אּון ֶמען ָמאנְ ט פּון ִדירNevertheless, we insist
"צ ְבאֹות ה'", ַ that you become one of the Tzivos Hashאז דּו ָזאלְ ְסט ַזיְ ין ֵאיינֶ ער פּון ִem
עמען, עסט ַאיְ ינְ נֶ ֶ who will take over the worldווָ אס דּו ווֶ ְ ַ so that in the entire word it will be visibleאז ִאין ֶדער גַ אנְ ֶצער ווֶ עלְ ט ווֶ עט ֶמען ֶזען ש ַׁמיִ ם וְ ֵאת ָה ָא ֶרץ", ֹלקים ֵאת ַה ָ ּ אשׁית ָב ָּרא ֱא ִ "ב ֵּר ִ ַ that Hashem created the heavens andאז ְ earth.
שׁנָ ה" אסט ֶדעם "רֹאׁש ַה ָ ּ Being that on this past Rosh Hashona,אּון ָדאס ווָ אס דּו ָה ְ ּער ְש ְׁטן אֹויב ְ ֶ עקרֹוינְ ט פּון ָדאס נַ יי ֶדעם you recrowned Hashemגֶ ְ "קינְ ג" אֹויף ֶדער יסרַ ,א ִ "מלֶ ְך כָ ּל ָה ָא ֶרץ"ַ ,אלְ ץ ַא ֵק ָ ַ as a king over the entire world,אלְ ץ ֶ גַ אנְ ֶצער ווֶ עלְ ט, how can you,ווִ י ַאזֹוי ָקאנְ ְסטּו ֶ as a small child from a small nation,עס ַאלְ ץ ְקלֵ יין ִקינְ ד פּון ַא ְקלֵ יין ָפאלְ ק ?achieve such a thing דּורכְ ִפ ְירן? ְ
ער ֵציילְ ט ֶעם ֶדער ִשׁיעּור פּון ַהיְ ינְ ִטיגֶ ע ָטאג, ֶ Today’s shiur tells him,ד ְ יבּן עקלִ ְ אֹויסגֶ ְ ְ ּער ְש ֶׁטער ָהאט אֹויב ְ ֶ ַ that Hashem choseאז ֶדער ישׁן ָפאלְ ק, ֶ the Jewish peopleדעם ִא ִיד ְ ישׁן ָפאלְ ק, ערט צּום ִא ִיד ְ עה ְ ערן ווָ אס גֶ ֶ עד ְ and everyone that belongs to the Jewishאּון יֶ ֶ nation.
"ח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹו", יבּן ַאלץ ֶ עקלִ ְ אֹויסגֶ ְ ְ He chose them as His legacy,אּון ֶמען ָהאט ִאים ּער ְש ְׁטן, אֹויב ְ ֶ יטן ארּבּונְ ְדן ִמ ְ ַ (which this is connected to Hashem,אז ָדאס ִאיז ַפ ְ ּער ְש ֶׁטענְ ס נַ ֲחלָ ה, אֹויב ְ ֶ )ָ as Hashem’s legacy.דאס ִאיז ֶדעם יבּן פּון ַאלֶ ע ֶפעלְ ֶקער עקלִ ְ אֹויסגֶ ְ ְ He chose them from all the nations,אּון ָהאט ֶעם "עם לְ ָב ָדד"ַ ,א ָפאלְ ק ַפאר ִזיְך, ערט ַאן ָ ִ to the extent that they become a nationבּיז ווַ אנֶ ענְ ט ַאז ֶעס ווֶ ְ all alone,
ּער ְש ֶׁטער גִ יט ִאים כֹ ַּח ְ אֹויב ֶ אּון ִמיט ווֶ עלְ כְ ן ֶדערand with whom Hashem gives strength ,דּורְך ַזיְ ין ְשׁלִ יחּות ְ אּון ִפ ְירט ִמיט ִאיםand with whom is carried out Hashem’s shlichus.
ַ ִ אּון ִפ ְירט ווSince Hashem is the king of the whole ּער ְש ֶׁטער ִאיז ֶדער ֶמלֶ ְך ַעל ְ אֹויב ֶ יבּאלְ ד ַאז ֶדער world,
כָ ּל ָה ָא ֶרץ ,אמאל פּון ָדאס נַ יי ָ ַאמ ְירט ָדאס נָ אכ ִ ַאקל ְ אּון ֶמען ְפ ַּרwhich we just reproclaimed, ,אר ַקיְ יט ְ אּון ִמיט ִש ְׂמ ָחה אּון ִמיט ְש ַׁטso with joy and strength, ערט ְ ֶערע ַזאְך ַאז ָדאס וו ֶ ֶ ִאיז ָדאְך ַא ִזיכit certainly will be, ,חּומׁש ָ ער ֵציילְ ט ִאין ֶדעם ִשׁיעּור פּון ְ ווִ י ֶדas told over in the shiur of chumash, , ִאיז לְ ָב ָדד יִ ְשּׁכֹון,ישׁע ָפאלְ ק ֶ ִדי ִא ִיד, ַאז ִדי ִא ְידןthat the Jewish nation will dwell alone. ַ עפינְ ט ִזיְך ִאין ַא ַזא ִמין ַמ ֲע ָמד ּומ ָצּב ִ ֶ אּון ֶער גThe Yidden will find themself in such a situation
,ערן ִאים ְ ווָ אס ֶער ִאיז ְמנַ ֵצ ַּח ִדי ַאלֶ ע ַזאכְ ן ווָ אס ְש ֶׁטthat they overpower all the things which disturb them
ערט ִאינְ גַ אנְ ְצן ָב ֵּטל ְ ֶ אּון ֶדער יֵ ֶצר ווand the yetzer hora is completely neutralized
,ישׁט ְ ִ אּון ָהאט ִאינְ גַ אנְ ְצן ֵקיין ווִ ְירקּונְ ג נand has absolutely no effect. 'איז ְמ ַסיֵ ּים ֶדעם ִשׁיעּור ִ ווִ י ְמAs we read at the end of today’s shiur, יטא ֵקיין ַזאְך ָ ִ'איז נ ִ ַאז ְסthat there is nothing ,יש ַׁקיְ יט ְ עטלִ יכְ ַקיְ יט אּון ִא ִיד ְ ֶ ווָ אס גֵ ייט ֶקעגְ ן גthat goes against Hashem and Yiddishkeit,
,ּער ְש ְׁטן ְ אֹויב ֶ ער ַפאר ווָ אס ֶמען ִאיז ֵאיין ַזאְך ִמיט ֶדעם ְ ֶדsince we are one with Hashem, ,ּתֹורה ָ אּון ָדאס ִאיז ַאזֹוי ִזינְ ט ַמ ַתּןas it has been since Maton Torah. ערט ֶמען פּון ְ ווָ אס ָדאס ֶהAll this, we hear from our fathers and Transcript Audio can be found in our Dropbox!
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STARRING The Weiss Family
Yitzy: I can't believe Rosh Hashona is over already. Rivky: I don't feel any different, though. Like, you would think something changed but, no, we just go back to regular life. Sruly: What do you mean? I feel like a can conquer the world now. We crowned Hashem as King again! Chany: That doesn't mean we can do anything, though. We are still just a few young kids from a small nation! Parshafier entering Time Warp mode: Year 1532
blipblipblipblipshhhhh.......... boink! Chany: Where are we? Why is the floor moving? I think I’m going to be ill. Rachel: Shhh, not so loud! They’ll hear us.
Yitzy: Hear us? Who? What? Rachel: Oh, no! You’re wearing kippot. Quick, hide under the bench so the sailors won’t see you. Rivky: Hide? What’s going on? This place is awfully uncomfortable.
Rachel: I know, we once lived in the most beautiful home in Madrid… Oh, I miss my family so much… Now Ana is all I have left. Chany: Is Ana that doll that you’re holding?
Rachel Mendez NOW IT’S YOUR TURN Read this at your Shabbos table, acting out the different characters with your family. Then, discuss the question of the week and apply the Parshafier’s lesson to your lives.
Rachel: Yes. She’s my favorite. Right before they came for us, Father hid a mezuza in her stuffing and attached her to my bracelet so that we wouldn’t be separated. In the middle of the night my nanny snuck me onto this ship, so I could reach Venice and finally be able to live openly as a Jew! Sruly: Wait, who came for you? Where is your family now? Rachel: The people from the Inquisition...they took everyone. Chany: I’m so sorry! Here’s a tissue... What’s the Inquisition? Sruly: In Spain, it was decreed that Jews either convert or
be killed. Some Jews kept practicing Yiddishkeit secretly.
Rachel: Right! As Hashem’s most prized possession, we are connected to Him with an unbreakable bond!
Rachel: In our home, we had a trapdoor that led to a secret room, where we kept a Torah and ate our Shabbat meals. If we were found, it would be the end of us.
Chany: Sometimes it’s hard to stay connected to Hashem and do what He wants. There are so many nations around us, and we're so small.
Rivky: Rachel, that's so brave! How do you have the strength to stay true to Hashem? Rachel: I was born during the week of Parshas Ha’azinu. Every year on my birthday, as far back as I can remember, Father would take me through the trapdoor to our secret beit knesset. Chany: That’s so special! Rachel: ...Then Father would sit me on his lap and open the Chumash to the posuk “ּכִ י ֵחלֶ ק ה׳ ַעמֹו יַ ֲעקֺב ֶח ֶבל נַ ֲחלָ תֹו.” Yitzy: What does that mean? Rachel: It means that we, Bnei Yisroel, are Hashem’s most prized possession! Rivky: The same way that you love Ana more than any of your other dolls...
Rachel: Small, but most important! When Hashem created all the other nations, it was in order to get to us—His chosen nation. Sruly: Wow. You’re right! He chose us to crown Him as King on Rosh Hashona every year anew: to serve Him with joy and firm strength, no matter what. Yitzy: As soldiers of Tzivos Hashem, we were given the mission of letting the world know that Hashem is the Creator of the world. Because Hashem gave us this mission, when we crown Him as our King, we receive the strength to keep our connection strong! Rachel: Exactly! This is the secret of the Jewish nation, ever since Matan Torah, passed down from generation to generation… Oh, the sailors are coming! Quick—you have to go. And remember that we are Hashem’s special nation—no soldiers or Yetzer Hora can ever take that away!
How can I show the Yetzer Hora my strength?
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