The distinguished mechanech Rabbi Yaakov Haber, of Ramat Bet Shemesh, was guest speaker at the annual conference of the Federation of Synagogues for its Rabbonim. It took place at the Prince Regent Hallmark Hotel in Chigwell, and was organised by Director of Education, Rabbi Dovid Roberts. This year’s theme was ‘Nurturing people, families, kehillos’. In keeping with the Federation’s stated objective, to serve as a premier, frum, kehillahfocused organisation, the conference was aimed firmly at supporting the kehillah rabbonim in their avodas hakodesh
And (Bilaam) said to them (the Elders of Midyon and the Elders of Moav), stay the night, and I’ll give you an answer, as Hashem speaks to me. And the officers of Moav stayed with Bilaam’. The Gemorah in Sanhedrin דף ק’’ה . asks why the Posuk only mentions that the Elders of Moav stayed the night, but not the Elders of Midyon? The Gemorah explains, that once Bilaam explained that he was only able to curse Klal Yisroel with the approval of Hashem, they realised it was a lost cause, as ‘A Father would never hate his son’.
A number of years ago there was a painful tragedy that had a great impact on the talmidim of Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim. The untimely death of the young mashgiach of the Yeshivah - Rabbi Dovid Spier zt”l. Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt”l was maspid this very special individual and quoted from Rashi in this week’s sedra: