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Friday, October 17, 2014
This shabbat we start again the yearly cycle of reading the Torah with Berashit.
(Corrected dates for Rosh Hodesh- Sorry) We also bless the coming month of Mar Cheshvan which comes on Thursday night, Friday and on Friday night, Shabbat.
This is actually the month of Cheshvan but the word "Mar" - bitter - is added because this month has no special days.

The Halacha corner - משיב הרוח ומריד הגשם - who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall
On the reader's repetition of the Additional Service on last day of the festival, we say the Prayer for rain and then carry on in the Amidah every day, saying this until Pesach.
The prayer is not said until Shemini Atzeret because we would not be praying sincerely for rain while we are stilll sitting in the Succah and eating our meals.

The wellsprings of the Torah - מעינה של תורה
By Alexander Zusha Friedman - 1897-1943
Berashit - Berashit 1:1 בראשית
"In the beginning"
The Written Torah starts with the letter ב "bet"
and the Oral Torah starts with the letter מ "mem" - "from what time do we read the Shema" (Berachot)

We can understand this from the verse ודברתת בם "and you shall speak of them" (first paragraph of the Shema)
which our sages explained as "not other topics" (Yoma 19),
that is to say, you will speak about subjects only from the Written and Oral Law,
which start with the letters Bet-Mem, and not with other topics which are idle talk.
From the Mystery Writings - commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapairo from Dinov (1783 - 1841 CE).

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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.

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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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