Shavuos arrives Tuesday night, May 30. One of the ways that Jews all over the world prepare for the Giving of the Torah is to stay awake all night in order to show Hashem that we are deserving of and ready to receive it. In keeping with that tradition, Congregation Toras Chaim is pleased to offer it’s 9th Annual All-Night Shavuos Learning for men, 12:00-5:00 AM, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
Luchos HaBris Patrons for the merit of all the Torah studied throughout the night are Ben & Lauren Nise.
- First Hour of Torah study is sponsored by Irwin & June Harris in memory of their parents Dr. Harold and Mildred Harris and Harold and Queenie Golden.
- Second Hour of Torah study is sponsored by the Rich Children in memory of their grandparents, Harold Linder (Chaim Issar ben Moshe Leib) and Rosalie Rich (Shoshana bas Tzvi Eliezer). Thank you to Eliyahu Rich for raising the money from his siblings.
- Third Hour of Torah study is by Yehudah & Raizel Palmer.
- Fourth Hour of Torah study is sponsored Anonymously.
The Food and Beverage Station is sponsored by Josh & Lisa Rothstein.
Yasher Koach to our supporters.
Stand Your Ground
One of the most hotly-debated criminal trials in recent years was that of George Zimmerman, a resident of Sanford, Flordia who killed Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, on the night of February 26, 2012. Zimmerman, who was the head of his gated neighborhood’s volunteer watch group, was in his car when he saw Martin, who appeared suspicious. He called the Sanford police and escribed Martin’s suspicious conduct. When the police arrived at the scene, they found Martin fatally shot in the chest and Zimmerman badly bloodied and bruised. Zimmerman, who was bleeding from his nose and from two lacerations in the back of his head, claimed that Martin had assaulted him, and he felt compelled to shoot in self defense.
Several months later, on April 11, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder by the Florida State Prosecutor. The trial began on June 24, and less than a month later, on July 13, the jury issued a not guilty verdict.
What does the Torah have to say about this controversy? The famous rule of “Rodeif” allows one to kill a pursuer who can be presumed to be bent on killing another person, but what means must be taken by the pursued individual before resorting to violent self-defense?
Discuss this topic in full detail with insights and chavrusa study on Shavuos, from 12-5 AM, Tuesday May 30.