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Heel vs Head


This week’s Torah portion is Parshas Eikev, which means the sole. Commentaries explain that the explanation behind the usage of this word is to tell a Jew that all Mitzvot are equally important. You can think that some Mitzvot are minor, lowly and inconsequential ones, like the sole of the foot is at the very bottom of the body. One can tell oneself that he will only do the big Mitzvos and the smaller ones will wait. This mindset is like a man putting on his pants and shirts, without putting on a tie, who thinks that only the shirt and pants are necessary. The Torah is reminding us that all Mitzvot are the same in the eyes of Hashem (G-d). We need to keep them all and not judge whether they are bigger or smaller. We do them all because we were commanded to by Hashem. And the Torah promises that during the current times of עקבתא דמשיחא (the soles of Moshiach), all Jews will have the added strength to fulfill the Torah and Mitzvot in this manner.

This week, we went out with our 3 tanks and our new trailer and were told by a lot of people that they put on Teffilin at home! We sat and learned with a few of them. We also celebrated our first Bar Mitzvah in our new trailer!

To help cover the costs of our new trailer, or to sponsor a specific section, please check out mitzvahtank.nyc/trailer. Thank you!

Candle lighting for Shabbat this week is at 7:59 PM in Greenwhich village.

Shabbat Shalom!