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Parshiyos Netzavim/Vayelech - Aderes HaTorah

In this week's Parsha Hakadosh Baruch Hu expresses his disappointment with Klal Yisroel and says: "V'Anochi haster astir panai "- Hashem will hide His face from us. The passuk references the word 'aster' twice. This begs the obvious question - What is the reason for the double usage?

When the Jewish people behave inappropriately, Hakadosh Baruch Hu hides His face from us, and His Presence is not obvious to the world. That is the standard "hastaras panim". Under those circumstances, even in the darkness there are small sparks of light to remind us that Hashem is still with us. 

 However when Hashem says: "haster astir panai ", perhaps it means that the darkness will be so intense, we wont even have the smallest indications that Hashem is really with us.

Even in the darkest times, when Hashem is in a "Hastara betoch hastara", we still have to remember the words "Ani Omed"- Hashem is certainly near us, standing by and waiting to bring out the light of the Geula Shleima, B'mheira B'yameinu Amen!

Does Your Selichos Chazzan Fit the Guidelines?

One should carefully choose a chazan  to say the Selichot, and the High Holiday (prayers),  a person who is (highly) respectable,  a great Torah (scholar), and good deeds,  to the extent that it is possible to find.  He should also be (at least) thirty years old,  for by then, his youthful hot-blooded passions will be at rest,  and his personal desires1 will have been subdued.  He should also be married,  with children,  for then he will pour out his heart,  and beg for mercy from the bottom of his heart.2  Similarly, one should carefully choose a person to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana,  and the one who prompts the shofar blower,  who are Torah scholars and G-d fearing,  to the extent that it is possible for them to find.  However, any (male) Jew is eligible to (carry out) all (these functions),  provided he is acceptable to the congregation.  If one sees that there are disagreements from this (one's appointment),  one should withdraw oneself,  even though there may be then (for the position) someone unsuitable. (KSA 128:7)
 1) lit; his heart.
 2) If there is a choice between a G-d fearing, Torah scholar, who is single and less than thirty, and a married man above thirty, who is not a Torah scholar, the job should be given to the Torah scholar (Mishna Berurah 581:13).