Condolences on the passing of Michael Jacobs father of Cy Jacobs and Jason Jacobs     Condolences on the passing of Dr Errol Papert brother of Beverley Manning and Lana Nathan.     Condolences on the passing of David Suchard husband of Minette Suchard, father of Dean Suchard, Rowan Suchard and Debbie Zetisky, brother of Rabbi Suchard and Shelley Defries.     Mazeltov to Dina daughter of Rabbi Yossi and Tziporah Orkin on the occasion of her engagement to Yossi Zimbler and mazeltov to the Zimbler family.    Condolences on the passing of Rosalind Sherman mother of Russel Sherman     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Pierre Edery husband of Debbie Edery, father of Chad, Kyle and Chloe Edery, brother of Jack Edery     Condolences on the passing of Esther Blacher mother of Jodiv Davidowitz, Merle Kenner and Gilda Ayers.     Condolences on the passing of Lilie Singer mother of Elaine Fienberg.     Condolences on the passing of Michael Lakofsky brother of Barbara Wachsberger.     Mazeltov to Simon and Candice Kuper on the birth of son and mazeltov to grandparents Norman and Diane Geller.    Mazeltov to Lance and Erin Schapiro on the birth of a son.    Mazeltov to Jonathan and Michal Zinman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Harold and Aileen Zinman.    Condolences on the passing of Edilene Kantor mother of Beverley Brittany     Condolences to Selwyn Burstein on the loss of his Step-Mother Lorraine Mc Cauley.
Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

The Torah states: “And you shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:18).

What does this verse come to teach us?

The Ramban, Nachmanides, cites the words of our Sages who explain that this verse exhorts us to go beyond the dictates of the law in our dealings with our fellow human beings. The Ramban adds that this is a very great principle, since it is impossible for the Torah to actually list every last detail as to how a person should behave with his neighbours and friends.

The Talmud (Bava Metzia 30b) states that Jerusalem was destroyed because its inhabitants failed to go beyond the letter of the law. Rabbi Zalman of Volozhin explained that this alone was not the cause of the destruction, for they had other transgressions as well. However, had they gone beyond the letter of the law in dealing with others, God would have gone beyond the letter of the law in dealing with them. Consequently, Jerusalem would have been saved (Toldos Odom).

Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian used to cite this passage during the month of Elul (the month preceding Rosh Hashanah). He added that before Rosh Hashanah everyone tries to find extra merits. From here we see that the most effective merit is to go beyond the letter of the law in our dealings with others (Lev Eliyahu).

Rabbi Yosef Hurwitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Novardok, used to say, “Someone who is lax in fulfilling matters that are beyond the obligation of the letter of the law will eventually be lax in fulfilling laws that are explicitly expressed and self-evident” (T’nuas HaMussar). 

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