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Dear  Naaleh Friend,

We hope you have had a meaningful week and are preparing to step into Shabbat with some inspiration.  Naaleh offers you this NEW class from Mrs. Shira Smiles called Reuven's Reality which discusses this week's Parsha- Parshat Vayeitzei.  This class is featured in Mrs. Smiles newest series Living the Parsha 5778.

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Shabbat Shalom!

-Ashley Klapper and the Naaleh Crew
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Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Mrs. Shira Smiles

The prophet Jeremiah encapsulates the greatness of Rachel. While our patriarchs and matriarchs  beseeched God for mercy as the Jews were led into exile, only Rachel received a positive response: "Keep your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears. For there is reward for your work..." What  was the essence of Rachel's deed that left such a powerful impact?
           
Leah could not have married Yaakov without both Rachel's consent and complicity. The Medrash tells how Rachel, sensing her sister's impending humiliation, revealed to her the secret signs and codes that Yaakov had taught her. This was truly a selfless act of  ahavas chinom , love based on the concern for one's fellow. She may have thought that now her destiny and that of Leah would be reversed, and she would marry Esau, as some commentators suggest. Even if she knew through prophecy that she would still marry Yaakov, she now would become the second wife, a role she would have to live with for the rest of her life. As the first wife, she would have remained the soul mate to the spiritual essence of Yaakov, the future Yisroel. This role she relinquished to Leah, who became the mother of priests and teachers. Her role now became to be the wife of Yaakov as he had absorbed the character of Esau. As such, she gave birth to Yosef, the one destined to be the provider and sustainer of the family through their sojourn in Egypt.
 
But Rachel had another son, Benjamin. By exploring his character and the essence of his descendants, Saul and Esther, much can be revealed about the enormity of Rachel's benevolence. Benjamin knew that Yosef had been sold and not killed. Yet for twenty one long years, he did not reveal this secret. When the prophet Samuel came to anoint Saul as king, he hid in the equipment room eschewing public fanfare. Finally, Esther, the paradigm of discretion and silence, never told Achashverosh who she was and what nation she came from until Mordechai gave her permission to do so to save the nation. This characteristic of discretion and silence came to Saul and Esther almost genetically.  They learned it in their families not just by observing the actions, but by also observing the demeanor and continuing behavior after an act of kindness, was performed.  
 
When Reuven presented Leah with mandrakes, childless Rachel, sitting alongside her sister asked Leah for some of the flowers. Leah's answer appears to be insensitive, given the great chesed that Rachel had done for her. "Was your taking my husband insignificant? - And now to take even my son's  dudaim?"  Rachel remained silent seemingly agreeing to the idea that Leah should always have been Yaakov's wife. Only after this incident did Hashem remember her and allow her to conceive. Here was proof positive that Rachel's selfless act was truly selfless. The  Lev Shalem  concludes that although Rachel gave Leah the signs, she never told her that this was a code between herself and Yaakov. In essence, the signs were the manual for being a good Jewish wife, the laws of ritual impurity, separating challah, and lighting Sabbath candles. As far as Leah knew, Rachel was teaching her how to be a Jewish wife, not giving away the secrets that could now seal her own fate.
 
Rachel could easily have said, "You ingrate! Do you know what I did for you?" Instead, it is obvious that Leah did  not  know what Rachel did for her. In all this time, Rachel never made Leah feel inferior. Instead, she treated her sister as  the mainstay of the house. Rachel did not do chesed , she was chesed personified.
 
The beauty of Rachel was that her chesed was done privately; no one except she and Hashem knew what she had done. Therefore, when Rachel validates Leah's position and effaces her own role, Hashem remembers her and gives her a son. Now more than ever, she merited this loving kindness from Hashem.
 
This indeed is the lesson for us all. The Second Holy Temple was destroyed for unfounded hatred among the Jews. Hashem listens to the voices of those who cry out to Him. He will especially listen to the voices of those who cry out to Him for others, and in the merit of this undeserved love we display for each other, may He bring the full redemption soon, in our day, and may Rachel's children return to their border.


The First Night Of Chanukah

Chanukah is a unique yom tov in that there are no work restrictions except for half an hour after candle lighting. This teaches us that the holiday is about balancing structure and order along with vitality and passion in our everyday lives. There is a lot of benefit to having a schedule and clear boundaries. But there's also the danger of falling into the mindset of mitzvat anashim melumada , where one may be doing everything right but one's heart is far from Hashem. The word Chanukah is related to chanukat habyit . It's a fresh burst of renewal, bringing the hallel (praise) and hodaah (thanks) into the mundanity of life.

Why do we have Chanukah for eight days if there was enough oil for the menorah to burn naturally on the first day?  In truth, we are obligated to say hallel even for the fact that oil can burn. Teva (nature) is spelled tes veis ayin which can be read as l'tvoa , to sink. A person can easily sink into routine and lose his passion and drive. In Shir Hashirim it says, " Ani yesheina vlibi er ," I am sleeping but my heart is awake. Chanukah is an auspicious time to arouse ourselves to serve Hashem with renewed vigor.

The letter for the month of Kislev is samech and the letter for Cheshvan is nun. Together they spell nes . Chodesh Kislev is the month of miracles. When the maccabim entered the beit hamikdas h and searched for some pure oil, they miraculously found one small jug. Isn't it a miracle every day that we find things? Isn't our entire existence a miracle? Klal Yisrael sang hallel when they realized that Hashem had saved the jug of oil especially for them. When a person recognizes what Hashem does for him personally, it ignites the desire to praise and thank Him. This is the essence of Chanuka on a national and individual level.

The Midrash Socher Tov says that in the future all prayers will be nullified except hodaah .
Leah imeinu taught us to thank when she named her son Yehuda. Her hodaah transcended the idea of gratitude and brought it to a new level. Rashi in Gemara Brachos says that when Leah saw that she had been given a fourth children beyond her expected portion, she thanked Hashem. Hodaah i s recognizing what was uniquely given to us by Hashem for our personal mission. It's the ability of the individual to express his inimitable self in praise to Hashem. It's no coincidence that the numerical value of Leah is 36, parallel to the 36 lights of Chanukah.
 
When Hashem created the ohr haganuz , the primordial light on the first day of creation, He allowed it to shine for 36 hour and then hid it away for the tzadikim . A spark of this light remains hidden within our souls and can be found in the Chanukah candles. Halel comes from the root word yahel, light. L'hodot ulehalel is to light up the world from one's innermost place of self -expression. It's thanking Hashem for uniquely designing the world especially for us.  

The Ben Ish Chai tells us that there is a segulah to recite Chapter 30 in Tehilim while looking at the Chanukah candles. They have a tremendous power to heal the nefesh (soul). The first letters of nefesh stand for, ner , p'til , shemen ( candle, wick, oil). The Chida suggests that one say Chapter 67 which contains of 49 words. In the beit hamikdash , 7 candles were lit over 7 days for a total of 49 lights corresponding to the 49 sefirot (attributes) of Hashem. On Chanukah we tap into the power of those lights. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov points out that the first letters of mashiach is madlikin shemone yemei Chanukah . In the merit of lighting the menorah on all eight days of Chanukah may we bring the light of mashiach into the world.  

Money Matters: Copyrights

An author of a book or a singer who puts out a CD owns all rights to his work. However he can sell the rights to others as is the custom in the business world today.  The Chofetz Chaim allowed some of his books to be printed for resell by others and some not. We see that according to halacha, one may stop others from copying their creation for business purposes. The source for this can be found in the Talmud where it says that someone who benefits monetarily from someone else's efforts is considered a gazlan d'rabanun .  This applies to copying something in order to sell it. However if you were to copy it just for yourself, beit din can't force you to return it or to stop using it although this is what you should do.  

If you copied someone's book or song is it considered as if you caused the owner damage? Damage is defined as an act that destroys. However where it only prevents someone from earning profit it is not considered damage and beit din cannot make you pay for it. However an upright Jew should not do it. In certain cases one would have to compensate a person for preventing him from earning profit. For example, if one hired a worker to do a job and he didn't complete it causing his employer a loss, the employee must pay for it. If an employer hires a worker and the worker gives up other work for this and then the employer decides to send him away he must compensate him for damages.  

The Gemara teaches that business men are allowed to come to an arrangement between themselves. For example a group of shochtim can agree between themselves on which day each shochet will work so that all can earn equally. This pact is binding and they can decide between themselves on penalties if one of them reneges on the agreement. So too among many publishers, there is an agreement that they won't copy works from each other. This is valid in the business world. Anyone who copies something without permission for profit is liable and can be made to pay for what can be proven that they damaged.

Is there a way for a person to protect himself so that an individual doesn't copy his creations even for private use? The only way is not to sell the item but rather to rent it with conditions. The renter can say, "I'm renting it to you on condition that you don't copy it." If someone does copy it without permission for resale he must pay damages. If the author is no longer alive, is one allowed to copy his book for business purposes? A copyright can be inherited but if one doesn't know who the descendants are, one cannot be stopped from copying it.

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