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Remember Zachor

This Shabbos we will read Parshas Zachor. Rav Moshe Shternbuch [Moadim Uzmanim 2/165] says that in order to properly fulfill your obligation you must understand every word of what is being read. For example, what does it mean when it says "Vayizanev bicha kol hanecheshalim acharecha"? If your answer ranges from "I haven't the foggiest" to "Beats me" then you have some homework to do! What about "Vi'atah ayayf viyagaya vilo yarei Elokim" - Who wasn't yarei Elokim, us or them?

I must point out that his point is debatable and not everyone agrees with him but it is certainly the best way to do it.

Another point: Normally it is praiseworthy to read the Torah along with the Ba'al Koreh [S.A. and M.B. 146/15] but for Parshas Zachor one should remain silent and listen [Tshuvos Vi'hanhagos 1/399].

What about Shnaim Mikra Vi'echad Targum for Zachor and the other Parshiyos we read during Adar? Not necessary.

What about women and Shanaim Mikra. Must they do it every week? No. They give birth to our children. Let us be grateful.

What about women hearing Parshas Zachor. Must they? BIIIIIIIIIG argument. Some say that they must because it is not a time bound mitzva. Others say that they don't have to because the mitzva is to remember what Amalek did to us in order to wage war against them and women aren't warriors, so they don't have to hear it. The prevalent custom is that they do hear it.

One authority brought up an interesting point. If only those who wage war must hear Parshas Zachor then Kohanim should be exempt because they don't go to war either. In fact Kohanim must hear it. But why?

You can mull that one over on Shabbos.

Have a sweet one!

Love and Blessings to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
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  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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