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Shabbos, 16 Kislev, 5776 - November 28, 2015
Summary of Today's Chumash
At the end of the previous aliyah, and continuing with the seventh aliyah, the descendants of Esav are enumerated. It once happened, that at a Torah reading of this portion a mistake was found in the Torah. A Taf in the word "Bat", when naming a daughter of Esav, was misspelled. The Torah was put away and a new one taken out, and the reading was completed. Later, the rabbi (Rabbi Schochet of Los Angeles) spoke and said that even when the mistake in the Torah is in the names of the most evil people mentioned in the Torah, the Torah cannot be used without it, and the whole Torah is considered unkosher. Similarly, the Jewish people, who are often compared to the letters of the Torah, are considered complete only if all its members are accepted and loved, no matter whom they are.