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Parshas VaYeilech (Vayelech)
It's Okay If The Little Kids Run Amuck
Hakhel Es HaAm HoAnashim VihNashim VihaTaf" - "Gather the nation, the men women and children" By the Mitzvah of Hakhel, the Torah commands the parents to even bring their small children to hear the Melech Lain different segments of Sefer Vayikra.
R' Nosson Adler (Rebbi of the Chasam Sofer) points out, although the small children might disturb the Laining, and the parents might not be able to concentrate as well, you should still bring them! The Torah is teaching us that the Chinuch of one's children is sometimes more important than the parents doing the Mitzvah on a higher level. Sometimes it is better to give up a bit of your "Shlaimus" of a Mitzvah for the sake of the Chinuch of your children!
Parshas Nitzavim-VaYeilech: One Parsha Or Two?
The Rishonim give a Siman to know when we read Parshas Nitzavim - VaYelech as 2 separate Parshios and when it is read together as one. "Bag HaMelech Pas VaYelech" (Daniel 1:5) - When Rosh Hashanah (which is known as HaMelech - because we start saying HaMelech HaKadosh in Shmoneh Esreh) falls on Bag - Bais or Gimmel - Monday or Tuesday, then Pas VaYelech - VaYelech is broken off in to a separate Parsha. Pas comes from the words "Pasos Oso Pisim" - that a Korban Micha must be broken in to pieces. When Rosh Hashanah starts on Monday or Tuesday, there are 2 Shabbosos (where we Lain a regular Sedra) between Rosh Hashanah and Sukkos. The Shabbos between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we read Parshas VaYelech, and on the Shabbos between Yom Kippur and Sukkos we read Haazinu.
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