June 11, 2022
Rabbi Yair and Tanya Halevi Eisenstock – Scholars in Residence
This past Wednesday, June 8th, we drove to Toronto. We dropped Chani off at Midway airport at 3:30 PM and left to Toronto. We got to Toronto at 3:00 AM Thursday morning. Tough drive. Serka drove the last two hours.
Friday June 10, 2022 – BAYT’s Shabbos booklet:
I read in the above Shabbos Booklet that this week at the BAYT they have scholars in residence, Rabbi Yair and Tanya Halevi (Eisenstock). I was very excited and planned to attend the Tisch Friday night.
Rav Yair Halevi (Eisenshock) Bio:
Rav Yair is a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva Torah Vavodah. http://www.tvaisrael.org/meet-our-staff1.html
Rav Yair received his rabibnic ordination from the Rabbinate of Israel and Yehsivat Hamivtar, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshivat_HaMivtar, as well as a B. Ed and a M. Ed Degree in Talmud and Tanach form the Herzog College. Rav Yair was a director of the overseas Program at Yeshivat Hesder Otniel where he also served as Ram to both Israeli and overseas first year students. Rav Yair went to work at Yeshivat Orayta where he served as Director of Informal Education, a Ram and Rosh Kollel in the Yeshiva. During the summers Rav Yair has been involved in Bnei Akiva programs and worked with the Kol HaNearim program. He also served in the Infantry Corps in the IDF.:
Tanya Halevi Bio:
Tanya is the director of the Kol Hanearim organization that works with Emunah Children’s homes in Israel. Prior to this, Tanya worked at Midreshet HaROva, as well as Ulpanat Orot whirle she and her husband were here on Shlichut in Toronto. Tanya has a B. Sc and a B. Opt and has done numerous educational seminars. Her and her family have recently moved to the Dagan in Efrat. Maiden name is Glassman.
Shabbos Friday night:
Davened at the BAYT. Ate and went to the Tisch at 9:30 PM, by Steven and Alina Mayers, 49 Michael Crt.. I was surprised. I thought the tisch would be crowded and it was relatively full, but not standing-room only. There were a few middle aged people and quite a few kids in their late teens and early 20s, which made sense. Rav Yair was a teacher at Orach Chaim, the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Toronto when he and his wife were Shiluchim. I looked around and looked at myself. There is alway a question on IQ tests in which you are shown 4 things and you have to answer which does not belong. It was a Beni Akiva crowd, a lot of Kippah Seruga’s. I was wearing a black hat, and older than everyone else. When you looked around the room, I was clearly the one who did not belong. However, I wanted to speak and as the night went on, I looked at Rav Yai and said, I bet you are wondering who I am. I asked to speak and spoke for about 15 minutes discussing the original Chassidic masters. The next day Tanya Halevi thanked dme for speaking. It was Leibadic with lots of singing. Tanya Halevi spoke at the Tisch and she told a great story about her husband.
The evening was inspirational.
Shabbos Morning, June 12, 2022:
Davened in the building’s minyan. Minyan was outside and it was beautiful. After Davening went to the BAYT to hear Rabbi Yair. Spoke about Birchas Kohanim. There was an Auf Ruf in Shul. Noah Zionce ismarring Eliana Grunbaum. Went to the Kiddush and had some good Potato Kugel. Tanya HaLevi told me she enjoyed my speech. On the way home I spoke to Rabbi Chaim Metzger about the Aleppo Codex. He was familiar with it and we had a spirited discussion. He is the Rabbinic intern at the BAYT and is moving to Israel at the end of the summer. He is applying for jobs but has nothing yet.
Had the Shabbos meal. Then went to Alesha and Mordy Rothman for a second meal. They had good Spanish rice and Chinese chicken. Afterwards Alesha Rothman came to visit Bubi. Overall a great Sahabbos.
Torah from Shabbos: I learned the first Kli Yakar on the Parsha.
נשא את ראש בני גרשון. היה לו למנות תחילה את בני גרשון הבכור, ומה שרצו לתקן זה במדרש הרבתי (ו א) לומר שלפי שנמסר משא הארון אל קהת ע”כ מנאו תחילה לכבוד הארון היא גופא קשיא למה לא מסר משא הארון אל הבכור לכבדו ביתר שאת ועוז התורה אשר לה משפט הבכורה.
והקרוב אלי לומר בזה, שרצה הקב”ה להראות שכבוד חכמים ינחלו the wise will inherit honor- כדי ללמד דעת את העם שיכבדו את לומדי התורה ולקרא לקדוש ה’ מכובד לקדשו בכל דבר שבקדושה, כדרך שמנה את קהת תחילה בעבור משא דבר ה’ אשר אתו ואילו היה נותן הארון לגרשון הבכור הייתי אומר שבעבור הבכורה מנאו תחילה ולא הייתי תולה החשיבות במשא הארון ע”כ מסר הארון אל קהת ומנאו תחילה וידעו הכל ליתן כבוד לתורה וללומדיה. אך מדסמך בעל המדרש ענין זה לפסוק יקרה היא מפנינים (משלי ג טו) she is more precious than rubies – כדאיתא ברבתי ודאי כוונתו להורות שכתר תורה הפקר לכל וע”כ לא ניתן הארון אל הבכור שלא יהיה תפארתו לומר אני ראוי לכתר תורה יתר מזולתי אלא הכל שוין בה לכך נאמר יקרה היא מפנינים. היינו מכ”ג שנכנס לפני ולפנים כי לכתר כהונה אין זוכה כ”א מי שהוא מזרע אהרן אבל כתר תורה הפקר לכל והכל זוכין אליו, ויקרה היא מפנינים, מכתר מלכות שיש לו זהב ורב פנינים ואין זוכה בו כ”א מי שהוא מזרע דוד אבל לכתר תורה הכל זוכין ומטעם זה דרש ברבתי יקרה היא מפנינים מן הבכורה כד”א וזאת לפנים בישראל, (רות ד ז) כי אל הבכורה אין זוכה כ”א מי שנולד ראשונה אבל לתורה הכל זוכין. ד”א לכן לא ניתן משא הארון אל הבכור שלא תזוח דעתו עליו ביותר. וי”א הטעם לפי שמן קהת יצאו משה ואהרן מקבלי התורה.
Take the count. The likely explanation for this is that the Holy One wanted to show that “the wise shall inherit honor.” The nation needed to be taught that they should honor those that study Torah, and that “the holy of Hashem should be honored,” to give them precedence in every matter of holiness. Thus, Kehos was counted first because they carried the Aron with the word of Hashem. If the Aron had been given to Gershon, the firstborn, and his family was counted first, we might have thought he was counted first because he was the firstborn and we would not have attached the importance to being the bearers of the Aron. Therefore, the Aron was given to Kehos and he was counted first. Thus, all would know to give honor to the Torah and those who study it. Another explanation: The task of carrying the Aron was not given to the firstborn so that he would not become haughty. Some say the reason Kehos was counted first is because of Moshe and Aharon, who received the Torah, and were descended from Kehos.
I asked from the Mishna in Pirkei Avos that says:
רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, הֱוֵי זָהִיר בַּתַּלְמוּד, שֶׁשִּׁגְגַת תַּלְמוּד עוֹלָה זָדוֹן. רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, שְׁלשָׁה כְתָרִים הֵם, כֶּתֶר תּוֹרָה וְכֶתֶר כְּהֻנָּה וְכֶתֶר מַלְכוּת, וְכֶתֶר שֵׁם טוֹב עוֹלֶה עַל גַּבֵּיהֶן:
Rabbi Judah said: be careful in study, for an error in study counts as deliberate sin. Rabbi Shimon said: There are three crowns: the crown of torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of royalty, but the crown of a good name supersedes them
What does it mean that the crown of a good name supersedes them? Is the crown of a good name a fourth crown. Most people are naturally nice and there is nothing special that he or she does, so what does it mean that the crown of a good name supersedes them. I agree that perhaps in the time of Chazal most people were nasty because life was tough. The Kli Yakur and the Medresh in Nasso does not talk about the crown of a good name? The Miforshim say that the Crown of a good name is not a separate crown, The Mishna means that the above three crowns mean nothing unless the king, Cohen, and Talmud Chachom are good people and do good deeds.
Can the Mishna be understood that a good name exceeds that of the crown of Torah or is it only good for speeches, “he is a good guy”? I do not know. I have to look up the Kotzker.