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October 2, 2016 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Vayeilich

Why bother with a Dvar Torah for the next Torah portion when Rosh Hashanah is coming up?  Why not?

This week’s portion contains the mitzvah of hakhel- after Sukkot every seven years, the people shall gather to hear the Torah (Deut. 31:10-12).   Arama notes that even children should be present.

Why?  Arama says that according to the Talmud, “the children seeing and remembering the king himself reading the Torah, will help their reverence for God in the future.”  The broader point here is that ceremony has a power to instill reverence; for example, I vividly remember Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the synagogue of my youth (The Temple in Atlanta).  Even though I don’t remember what was said, I do remember the atmosphere.  The size and fanciness of that synagogue, which now seems kind of overdone to me, seemed majestic when I was younger.

 

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