Questions for the Week of Parshas Va'eschanan
Food For Thought
Is one permitted to take a hot shower on Shabbos?
Is one permitted to take a cold shower on Shabbos?
May one warm ones wet hands next to a fire?
What is the halacha with regards to using a hot water bottle on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
Vort on the Parsha
The possuk tells us that Hashem did not choose Am Yisrael because they are many rather he chose them because they are small amongst the nations. The Sfas Emes asks that it is true that we are the smallest so how can one think that we might be chosen on account of our multitude?
He beautifully explains that Am Yisrael has two facets, one of greatness, which is represented by the name Yisrael and one of smallness, represented by the name Yaakov. Their greatness manifests itself in their ability to reach great heights far higher than any other nation. Their smallness manifests itself in their ability to lower themselves and be totally subservient to Hashems will, far more than any other nation of the world. It is for this humbleness that Hashem chose them from amongst the nations.
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