Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot Kedoshim 5772
Acharei Mot | 6 Iyar 5772 | 4/28/2012
Allow me to start with a personal note. One of my rabbinic responsibilities is to sit periodically as a dayan. On a day that I sit in a hearing or render a decision, I feel a certain tension in the air. My davening tends to be more serious. There are ‘butterflies in my stomach.’ What is special about this activity? While sometimes the issues involved can change the life of one or both of the litigants, that is not always the case, and the feeling exists either way. While I cannot define it exactly, it has to do with the imminence of Hashem’s involvement. We have learned that Hashem is present where there is judgment (Berachot 6a) and that rendering judgment is a Godly act (Devarim 1:17). One feels that when He is present and he, as a simple human being, is imitating his Maker, he better be on his best behavior.
There are opinions that a ladle that was put into a pot of soup becomes a kli rishon. Is this true only for a metal ladle? What if the ladle is put into the soup only after it was taken off the heat source? At what point does the pot or ladle stop being a kli rishon? May one put the ladle back into the soup without wiping it off?
Betzalel was named for his wisdom. When Hashem told Moshe: “Make a mishkan (the tent where the Divine Presence would dwell), an ark, and vessels,” Moshe went and said [in] the opposite [order]: “Make an ark, vessels, and a mishkan.” [Betzalel] said: “Our teacher, Moshe, the normal way of the world is for a person to build a house and afterward bring the vessels into them … The vessels you have commanded me to make, where shall I place them? Perhaps Hashem told you to make a tent, [followed by] an ark and vessels?” Moshe responded: “Maybe you were b’tzel (k)el (in the shadow of Hashem), and you knew.”
The defendant (=def) wanted to do major renovations in her home and asked the plaintiff (=pl), a contractor, for an estimate. After presenting a detailed price estimate, pl was chosen and began working; def never signed the estimate. During the course of the work, many changes were made to the original plan, without additional estimates being made. There is now a dispute over payment. Def feels that pl overcharged for many of the elements of the job and that she should not be bound by charges to which she never agreed. She feels this is true not only regarding the changes but even regarding some of the originally stated prices. She explains that this is why she did not sign the estimate. Pl says that not only is def bound by his price estimates, but since he can prove that the prices for the new elements of the job are his standard prices, she is bound by them since she did not ask for a new estimate. Additionally, some of the new elements were just additional units of work included in the original estimate.
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