Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Eikev

As mentioned in prior summer posts, since there are no Rabbi Frand shiurim until Chodesh Elul, I would like to substitute a vort from other Rabbanim each week, rather than leaving the blog without a vort for shabbos. This week, I am attempting to repeat a vort heard from R' Eli Mansour as recorded on, Same rules as usual apply - I have attempted to reproduce the vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to the maggidei shiur.

The parsha begins with a statement "V'haya Eikev" - that in the event that you keep all of Hashem's mitzvos, there will be great blessings in both this world and the world to come,

R' Mansour quoted the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (1:15) which states that a person should have a fixed time for learning. R' Mansour mentioned a personal story which illustrated this point. When R' Mansour was in high school he had a set night for mishmar - after school learning of Torah. One week there was a "very important baseball game" and he had obtained tickets for the game. R' Mansour said to his principal that he knows that he was supposed to go to mishmar but he wanted to go to the game. So he proposed that he would skip recess, lunch and gym and in so doing would have more learning time than had he gone to mishmar.

The principal responded to R' Mansour that he appreciated how respectful he was in asking for permission, rather than just skipping out on school. The principal also said that the analysis of the learning time was also thoughtful. However he added that it is very important to have a fixed time for learning and that Hashem comes to listen to a person learn when the person has a daily fixed time to learn.

The principal concluded - I am not telling you what to do, just keep in mind that one who has a fixed time for learning will not lose out as a result.

R' Mansour decided to stay and learn, while his friends went to the game. However they did not wind up seeing a game as it poured that night and the game was cancelled after they had sat in the stadium in the rain.

R' Mansour concluded by citing back to the first pasuk of the parsha which states "V'haya Eikev." But the letters of Eikev can be rearranged to read Keva - fixed. Hashem promises that if a person makes his observance of the laws of Hashem "fixed" he will gain, both in this world and the world to come.

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