Shabbat Parashat Vaetchanan 5772
Vaetchanan | 16 Av 5772 | 8/4/2012
Both the haftara of Chazon and that of Nachamu come from the navi, Yeshaya. Yeshaya received the former prophecy in the times of Uziya, a time of extraordinary success in the material political realm. Yet, Yeshaya foretold untold horrors at the hands of the Assyrians, something that was still beyond the political and historical horizon. The purpose of Nachamu was much the opposite, giving a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel at the time of Menashe (as is evident from several elements of the prophecy) when the nation was suffering under Assyrian dominion. The same prophet whose prophecy of doom came through was asked to prophesy to stave off total despair.
Can I extend a wire from trees in my property to slats attached to my house to form an eiruv?
One who sees a place from which idol worship was uprooted should say: “Blessed … Who uprooted idol worship from our Land, and just as He uprooted it from this place, so shall He uproot it from all places of Israel and return the hearts of those (Rashi- Jews) who worship them to worship You.” Outside Israel, there is no need to say “return the hearts of those who worship them to worship You” because most of them are gentiles. Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar says: Even outside Israel one should say it, for in the future they will convert, as the pasuk says: “For then I will change the nations to a clear language to call out in the name of Hashem” (Tzefanya 3:9).
[In the last edition, we saw opinions in the poskim regarding the testimony of one who was paid for the testimony by one of the litigants. Now we will address an issue that is common in contemporary litigation: a professional’s ‘testimony’ on a matter in which he has particular expertise.]
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Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Ben Yehuda Leib Usdan a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the 29th of Av
memory of Gital Gila
Bat Eliyahu Michael a”h
on the occasion
of her yahrzeit,
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).