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Thursday, August 21, 2014
The parsha this Shabbat is Re'eh. We bless the new moon of Ellul, which is a two day new moon, Monday night, Tuesday is the 30th of Av.
Tuesday night, Wednesday is the 1st of Ellul.

The Halacha corner - The month of Ellul
Each morning at the end of the service we blow the Shofar - Tekiah, Shovarim, Teruah, Tekiah
We say Psalm 27 - "Of David: Hashem is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?" in the morning and evening services (Sefardim morning and afternoon)
It's also a custom to add to any letters we write, the words ""A good writing and sealing" - כתיבה וחתימה טובה
Sefardim start to say Selichot.

The wellsprings of the Torah - מעינה של תורה
By Alexander Zusha Friedman - 1897-1943
Devarim - Re'eh 11:26 ראה אנכי נותן לפניכם היום ברכה וקללה
"See ! I set before you this day a blessing and a curse"
Our sages said:
"One should always consider oneself as if the whole world is balanced on scales equally between reward and punishment,
if you carry out just one mitzvah, you cause the whole world to tip towards the side of reward,
but if you carry out just one sin, you cause the whole world to tip towards the side of punishment (Kedoshim 40)
Therefore the Torah says to every person:
"See ! I set before you this day a blessing and a curse"
For you (personally) bring to the whole world a blessing or a curse,
your activities may determine whether the whole world is tipped towards the side of merit (reward) or the side of sin (punishment).
Torat Moshe - commentary by Rabbi Moshe Ben Chayim Alshech (Hakadosh) (1508–1593CE)

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The linear translation of Genesis includes the text and commentaries such as Rashi.
The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch is a concise version of the laws that govern the day to day life of a religious jew.

My translation into English is a Linear one, that is I try to keep to the Hebrew text order and phrasing, because my objective is to help people who want to learn in Hebrew, even though this sometimes makes the English less flowing.

Explanations on the methods used in the translations and graphics presentations, what to do if you don't see the Ivrit (Hebrew) text correctly, some suggestions for how best to learn using this material, and how to get in touch with me for more help or to give your comments or criticism - Help

Sources and references used for the Hebrew and English texts - Sources

Genesis Linear Translation
Go to the Genesis Index page and choose a chapter or Portion (Parasha), and also the text type:

  • English Main Text (Hebrew "pop-up" text) - under "English"
  • Printer friendly version - under "English/Hebrew"
  • Hebrew Main Text (English "pop-up" text) - "עברית "
  • PDF versions of the Printer friendly files (No Hebrew fonts needed at all) - click on the Heb/English PDF Files icon.
  • Portion (the weekly portion read from the Torah) - under "Portion" - this jumps to the appropriate chapter and verse of the English Main Text page or " פרשה" for the Hebrew Main Text page.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Linear Translation
Go to the Kitzur Index Part 1 for Chapters 1-97 or Kitzur Index Part 2 for Chapters 98-221

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