Shabbat Parashat Vayechi 5772
Vayechi | 12 Tevet 5722 | 1/7/2012
Chazal point out that our parasha begins (Bereishit 47:28) without the traditional break between sections in the Torah, a phenomenon called stuma (closed). Rashi cites the reason: “Since Yaakov died, the eyes and heart of Israel were closed due to the anguish of the enslavement.” Indeed, our parasha technically precedes the actual enslavement and describes a time when Bnei Yisrael still had the advantage of being the family of Yosef, the famous courtier. However, it contains harbingers of the enslavement, which is not formally introduced until Sefer Shemot.
I inherited a pair of tefillin from my grandfather, but I already have a pair of apparently more mehudar tefillin. May I sell the tefillin? (As a kollel student, I could use the money.)
Someone who sees a place where miracles happened to Israel recites: “Blessed is He who did miracles for our forefathers in this place.”
The plaintiff (=pl) served for two years as a Torah studies teacher. Toward year’s end, the school sent all the teachers letters of dismissal and a note that they should discuss with the principal the possibility of reinstatement for the next year. Pl says that a few weeks later, the principal (=def) told him he could return, but on the last day of school, def told him that he would not be allowed to return. Pl claims that, as a very dedicated and successful teacher, he should continue on staff. Def cites the following complaints about pl’s functioning within the staff: he does not cooperate with the school psychologist; he mills around with the students at inappropriate times, such as during davening and meals; one day, he did not show up; another day, he gave out cookies during teaching time. In general, he does not feel a need to conform to def’s educational directions. On the other hand, pl is a dedicated teacher, with a fair share of educational success, especially regarding connection to students.
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Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
This edition of
Rabbi Shlomo Merzel o.b.m,
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).