Shabbat Parashat Shemot 5772
Shemot | 19 Tevet 5722 | 1/14/2012
After Moshe leaving the Egyptian palace to join his enslaved brethren, killing an Egyptian to save a Jew, and trying to break up a fight between two Jews, one of the latter said: “Who made you an officer and judge over us? Are you going to kill me, like you killed the Egyptian?” (Shemot 2:14). Moshe responded: “Indeed, the matter was discovered,” which the midrash explains as follows: “There is lashon hara among them. How will they be worthy of redemption?”
I have heard that if one spills red wine on a tablecloth, it is good to put salt on it to absorb the wine. Is that permitted on Shabbat, since the salt is only absorbing, not cleaning?
We make a blessing on a miracle that occurred to many people, but not to one that occurred to an individual. But didn’t Rava tell a person who … was saved from a lion to make the blessing, “… Who did a miracle for me in this place”? On a miracle that happened to many people, everyone is required to recite the blessing; on a miracle that occurred to an individual, only that person is required to recite the blessing.
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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