Shabbat Parashat Vayikra 5772
Vayikra | 1 Nissan 5772 | 3/24/2012
The first two parshiyot of Sefer Vayikra deal extensively with korbanot that Bnei Yisrael are supposed to bring in the Mishkan and, later in history, in the Beit Hamikdash, both as individuals and nationally. Additional sections (in Pekudei and Shemini) describe the service at the time of the inauguration of the Mishkan. Without a doubt, sacrifices are one of the major topics of the Chumash, Mishnayot, and the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah. Therefore, the p’sukim in Yeshayahu 43:21-24, which would have been this week’s haftara if not for Parashat Hachodesh, are perplexing. Hashem complains of Bnei Yisrael’s failure to follow His way properly. One of the things the navi says in the name of Hashem is: “I did not make you work with a meal offering, and I did not toil you with levonah (a spice brought as incense on the inner altar).”
I am Ashkenazi and vegan. Many of the foods I normally depend on for my nutrition (e.g., soybeans, rice, corn, and other kitniyot) are prohibited on Pesach. This makes finding food to eat during Pesach very difficult and somewhat decreases my holiday joy. Is there any halachic allowance for vegans to eat kitniyot on Pesach?
One who spends a long time at his table [merits long life], for maybe a poor person will come along and he will provide him with something, as the pasuk says: “The altar of wood was three cubits high…” (Yechezkel 41:22) and the pasuk [continues]: “He said to me: ‘This is the table that is before Hashem.’” It opens with the altar and finishes with the table. Rabbi Yochanan and Rabbi Elazar both say: When the Beit Hamikdash existed, the altar would atone for Israel, and now a person’s table atones for Israel.
The plaintiff (=pl) rented out his apartment on a yearly basis to the defendant (=def) and his family. In the midst of the fourth year of renting, def left the apartment because he got divorced, and the wife and children needed to move close to her parents. Pl was unsuccessful in finding an alternative tenant. Pl claims that def should pay the remaining months of the rental, as the contract states that def must pay until the end of the period even if they leave under oness (extenuating circumstances). Def says he did not read all the conditions of the contract and should not be bound by such an irregular condition. He claims to have had no idea he was going to get divorced during the year.
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