10 January 2011

New Shiur in Nahariya

Nahariya Men's Weekly Torah Shiur in English  (By Mick Jaron)

On Sunday evening at 7 P.M. we kicked off a men's Torah shiur on the weekly parshah.  Rabbi Butman presented the shiur, and hands-down he was great.  The man knows his stuff; he was well-prepared, articulate and engaged the attendees, some of whom were beginners and some of whom were more advanced.  And there was one thoughtful soul who brought a six-pack of Goldstar, humming "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down..."

The shiur centered around that portion of Parshah Bo where the Israelites leave Egypt with gold and silver given to them by their Egyptian neighbors.  Rabbi Butman began with a story about a man who was blessed with the choice of either being the richest man in town or the smartest man in town.  After some deliberation the man announced to the assembled townspeople that he chose to be the smartest man in town.  Everyone applauded.  The man then announced that now being the smartest man in town, he realized that he had made a mistake in his choice.

Rabbi Butman brought out that the declaration that the Jews would leave with great wealth occurs three times in the Torah:  way back, when G-d speaks to Abraham, again when G-d speaks to Moses at the burning bush, and a third time when G-d pleads with Moses to have the Jews ask their neighbors for gold and silver.  I was taken aback regarding G-d having to beseech Moses, but there it was in 11:2

ב  דַּבֶּר-נָא, בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם; וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ, וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ, כְּלֵי-כֶסֶף, וּכְלֵי זָהָב.

I won't attempt to summarize the shiur, but it came down to not how much money you have, but what you do with it.  I am looking forward to next Sunday when we discuss Parshat Beshallach.

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