Shabbat Parashat B'ha'alotcha 5772
Beha'alotcha | 19 Sivan 5772 | 6/9/2012
Our parasha contains a description of Bnei Yisrael’s encampment in the desert, with the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in its center (Bamidbar 9:15-23). The Torah describes how the Mishkan was covered with a special cloud during the day and special fire at night. The presence of the cloud was a sign that Bnei Yisrael were to stay where they were, and its removal from above the Mishkan was a sign that they were to move on to a new encampment. It moved before the moving camp, settling at their next place of encampment. It is clear from the presentation that the cloud and the fire served the role of indicating to the people that the Divine Presence was dwelling at that place. This is also evident from the description of the initial erecting of the Mishkan (see Shemot 40:33-35): “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Hashem filled the Mishkan. And Moshe could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud had dwelled upon it, and the glory of Hashem filled the Mishkan.”
Sometimes my tallit katan (=tk – the garment part, which we usually call tzitzit) rips a little around what would be the collar area and I don’t know if it is still kosher. If I sew it back up, do I have to undo and retie the tzitzit?
One who saw a dream and does not know what he saw should get up before the kohanim when they lift up their hands [to bless] and say: “Master of the Universe, I am Yours, and my dreams are Yours. I dreamed a dream, and I do not know what it is … If [the dreams] are good, strengthen them … and if [the dreams] need healing, heal them …”
The plaintiff (=pl) and the defendants (=def) are neighbors on the same floor of an apartment building. There was an area of air space in between their apartments that was used by both of them to extend their apartments. Def put a window in their extension’s wall, from which one can see into pl’s kitchen. They claim that pl gave them permission to do so, but pl denies it and began complaining during the window’s construction. Def conjecture that pl gave permission when she was not fully aware of its ramifications. They also point out that pl’s kitchen can also be seen from a window that existed from the original construction of the building. Def made the window non-transparent and is willing to make the window unable to be opened. However, pl says that having the window so close to her kitchen makes her uneasy, and that once a window exists, it is hard to stop it from being opened.
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