Shabbat Parashat R'ei 5772
R'ei | 30 Av 5772 | 8/18/2012
Over the last couple of summers, people have joined together under the slogan: “The nation demands social justice.” Yet, it is still not clear exactly what is included in social justice. The main demand is that there needs to be a more fair distribution of national resources. In other words: give more to those who have been receiving less or lower the tax burden of the middle class. Due to the constant security needs of the country, the question arose: which needs will be given priority, the security needs or the social needs?
I have questions about the Kri’at Hatorah (Torah reading = laining) of Mincha of Shabbat regarding cases (common in the army) where we will not have access to a sefer Torah at the time we can daven Mincha. Can we read it in the morning after Mussaf? If we davened without Kri’at Hatorah and then we got access to a sefer Torah, can we lain at that point?
Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: One who sees his friend after thirty days [of not seeing him] says: “Blessed is He …, who let us live (shehechiyanu), and sustained us, and enabled us to reach this time.” After twelve months, he says: “Blessed is He … who brings the dead back to life.”
The plaintiff (=pl) is an amateur photographer, who often places his works on the internet, on a website called Wikimedia Commons, in which the public is permitted to use the materials, with two conditions: they must acknowledge the contributor of the art, and they must display the site’s license information so that the public knows that they too can use the material under the same conditions. The defendant (=def) is a business that, when using the site, usually mentions the name of the contributor. However, this is the second time that def has not credited pl. The first time, they settled on a payment of hundreds of shekels. This time, pl is asking for 40,000 shekels to teach def to take its copyright responsibilities seriously. Israeli law allows the courts to levy fines of up to 100,000 shekels for copyright violation without proof of damage.
This edition of
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
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
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).