Shabbat Parashat Vayeishev 5772
Vayeishev | 21 Kislev 5772 | 12/17/2011
In our parasha, Yosef is called the “man of dreams” (Bereishit 37:19). We have discussed in the past that all the dreams in Sefer Bereishit are prophecies. By means of his dreams, Yosef declared himself the next leader and in essence turned the special cloak that his father made for him into royal clothes. These dreams played a major role in Yosef’s downfall, being thrown into a pit by his brothers. When he got out and worked his way up the ladder in Potiphar’s house, his visibility landed him in the pit that was an Egyptian jail. Only when he stopped dreaming and instead started interpreting the dreams of others (Pharaoh’s officers and then Pharaoh) did he actually become lifted into leadership.
There were two students: one accidentally [left the place of eating and returned] like Beit Shammai, and he found a purse of gold. The other intentionally [left the place of eating in order to bentch elsewhere] like Beit Hillel, and he was eaten by a lion.
The defendant (=def), a teacher and respected member of a community, found two boys, including the plaintiff (=pl), in a heated argument. Pl threatened to hit the other boy, who told def that pl had already hit him. Def demanded that pl leave the area. After pl refused several times, def shoved him. Pl, who it turns out, had surgery on his inner ear a week earlier, sustained damage to his ear as a result of def’s rough contact and required not insubstantial medical care. Pl and his parents demand payment for direct and indirect expenses and for pain.
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Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
Hemdat Yamim is
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).