Shabbat Parashat Ki Tisa 5772
Ki Tisa | 16 Adar 5772 | 3/10/2012
After a very sad and emotionally draining report of the Sin of the Golden Calf, our parasha ends off on some positive notes: forgiveness for Bnei Yisrael and Moshe’s descent from the mountain with new luchot habrit (tablets of the covenant). Both Jews and non-Jews have misconceptions in regard to the Torah’s description of that special moment: “And it was when Moshe descended from the mountain and two tablets of testimony were in Moshe’s hand, and Moshe did not know that the skin of his face was “karan” when He spoke to him” (Shemot 34:9-30).
We are a school whose policy is to confiscate objects that disrupt the running of the school. Recently, someone broke into safes and stole confiscated cell phones, and parents are demanding that we pay for them. Are we halachically required to pay?
There are three things that lengthen a person’s life: One who lengthens his prayers, one who lengthens his [stay at the] dinner table, and one who lengthens [his stay] in the toilet.
A Talmud Torah (elementary school that focuses on Torah studies) (=def) has been operating, from the beginning of the year, in an apartment building, which shares a large play area together with another apartment building. The plaintiffs (=pl) are neighbors who do not object to the presence of def but to the “unbearable noise” made during recess, when the children play in the outside play area. This is especially troublesome for one of pl, who is on maternity leave and needs the morning for catching up on sleep and regaining strength. Pl demand that the children go to some public playground for recess. Def says that it is not feasible to go to another playground, primarily because it would take extra time and would include crossing streets to get there. Since the halacha is that they are allowed to operate wherever they desire, this must include the ability to give normal recesses to the children, without which it is impossible for them to learn.
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