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The Month of Adar (Shani)
Last Shabbat we read from two Sifrei Torah, the sedra, Pekudei, from the first one, with seven aliyot, and the special reading Shekalim, from the second.
This is the first of the four special readings, see Ch. 140 The Four Special Torah Readings.
The Halacha corner - נשיאת כפים
How many verses do we read for the four aliyot on Rosh Hodesh ?
Last Sunday and Monday were Rosh Hodesh. Sunday was the 30th day of Adar Alef and Monday the first day of Adar Bet.
The Torah reading is from Bemidbar, 28:1-15. Since we try not to break a parsha topic up, we read for the Cohen 3 verses - which is the minimum allowable, then we start the reading for the Levi one verse back so that we can give him 3 verses as well. The third aliyah gets 5 verses so that we can start the fourth aliyah on the new topic ובראשי חדשיכם "and on your New Moons" - which is an appropriate ending. See tractate Megilla for a full discussion on this, where they also define all the different readings for each speical day.
The wellsprings of the Torah - מעינה של תורה
By Alexander Zusha Friedman - 1897-1943
A man came to the sage, Rabbi Bunim of Peshischa (tz''l) and asked him:
"Look, I always run away from honor but despite that the honor doesn't run away from me.
So where is the truth in our sages statement ?"
Rabbi Bunim answered him:
"From your question, you can hear (the answer for yourself),
while you are running away from honor, you are still, from time to time, looking back, to see if honor is chasing after you.
So when the honor sees that you are turning to look for him, he assumes that you are intending to chase after him,
so he immediately turns and runs away from you..."
The meaning of this is, that he is intentionally running away from honor in order that the honor will run after him,
that is; he makes himself out as humble in order to gain by this undeserved honor, so in fact, he is chasing after honor.
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Bonhart of Peshischa - Przysucha, in Poland (1765 - 1827) - one of the main leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland.
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