The Magen Leadership Program is a 3 week experience of friendship, discovery and awareness in Israel. With an emphasis on Sephardim, Judaism, its’ people, language, history, traditions, heroes, places and values will all be brought to life through meaningful excursions filled with a sense of adventure. MLP participants will enjoy the best that Israel has to offer, with full access to Israel’s most sought after attractions. They will stay in fine accommodations and be treated to Kosher Israeli food and guided luxury transportation throughout the trip. Rabbi Yitzchak Sakhai of S.T.A.R., in addition to adult chaperons and an armed security guard/Medic, will accompany MLP participants. MLP participants will fly from LAX with Israel’s official airline El Al (non stop) to and from Tel Aviv.
- Va’Etchanan July 31, 2015
S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:
- Friday Candle Lighting: 7:35 pm
- Shabbat Ends: 8:46 pm
Drawing by Numbers
“Hear O Yisrael…” (6:4)
The first verse of the “Shema” is like “Drawing by Numbers”.
At one time, we must have all followed the numbers on a seemingly inscrutable page of dots, and watched as a perfect picture slowly emerged.
There are really three elements to drawing by numbers: The numbers themselves, the connection of the numbers one-by-one by lines, and the final emergence of the picture from the lines.
In the first verse of the Shema there are three Names:
“Hashem” – the Tetragrammaton – the ineffable four-letter Name of G-d.
“Elokeinu” — literally, “Our G-d.”
And then the Name “Hashem” again. However, this second mention of the Name is different to the first, as it is connected to the last word of the verse, “Echad” — One.
The Arizal explains that the three Names represent chochma, bina, and da’at — three distinct concepts that are variously translated into English by the catch-all (and not very illuminating) word: “Wisdom.”
Ethereal and Kabbalistic as chochma, bina, and da’at normally sound, they all originate in a verse in Proverbs: “Hashem, with chochma founded the Earth, established the Heavens with tevuna(synonymous with bina); with His da’at the deep was made permanent.” (Proverbs 3:19-20)
Let us explain.