Topic: From Clan of Jacob to Nation of Israel
Come for some Shabbat morning in-person learning with Rabbi Mitch at 9:30am, followed by abbreviated Shabbat morning services from 10:30am until noon.
*Due to the evolving Omicron situation, we have been forced to cancel the planned breakfast, but the in-person learning session with Rabbi Mitch will still take place in the main sanctuary. If you plan to listen in remotely (those attending on Zoom will not be able to participate, only listen), the Zoom link is here.
Study materials for Shabbat 1/8/2022:
Their father Jacob said to them, “It is always me that you bereave: Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you would take away Benjamin. These things always happen to me!” Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my care, and I will return him to you.”
- Bereshit 42:36-37
Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy in my care, and let us be on our way, that we may live and not die—you and we and our children. I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible: if I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, I shall stand guilty before you forever.
- Bereshit 43: 8-9
With regard to all of the other transgressions in the Torah, are consequences not exacted from all of us? – It is written: “And they shall stumble one upon another” (Leviticus 26:37). This means that they stumble for the sins of one another. That is, Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh (“All Israel are guarantors for one another”).
- Babylonian Talmud, Shevuot 39a
“For all the brachot (blessings), even if one has already fulfilled the mitzvah, one may nevertheless fulfill it on the behalf of others” (BT Rosh Hashanah 29a) This is because “Kol Yisrael arevim…” All are as a single body and each is regarded as a guarantor who pays the loan of their partner.
- Ritva (13th century, Sephardic)
Rabban Gamliel would allow the Shliach Tzibbur (prayer leader) to fulfill the obligation to say the prayers even on the behalf of folks out in the fields. – If so, then it should go without saying that he would allow the leader to fulfill it on the behalf of those in town (who happen not to be in shul)? -No! Those in the fields can’t help it, whereas those in town are perfectly able to show up and pray.
- BT Rosh Hashanah 35a
Rabbi Tanhuma said: It once happened that there was a ship full of non-Jews with one Jew among them. They came to an unfamiliar island whereupon the non-Jews said to the Jew, “Take money from us and go onto the island and buy us some stuff.” He replied, “Am I not a stranger here? Do I have any idea who to ask?” They answered, “Is a Jew ever a stranger? Wherever you go, your God is with you.”
- Devarim Rabba 2:16
In Shushan there was a Yehudi guy whose name was Mordecai ben Yair… a Benjaminite.
- Esther 2:5