Shabbat Parashat Ki Tavo 5772
Ki Tavo | 21 Elul 5772 | 9/8/2012
There is a special mitzva with special conditions – to bring bikkurim (the first fruit of the crop) to the Beit Hamikdash and make a declaration of thanks to Hashem for the fruit and the plot of land within the Land He gave us (see Devarim 26:2-4). If one does not have complete ownership of the land from which the fruit was nourished, the mitzva does not apply to its fruit.
I inherited a sefer Torah from my father, who had lent it to a shul with certain conditions, especially that it remained his personally. In order to ensure the sefer Torah is properly taken care of, I want to transfer ownership of the sefer to a trust, in which I will retain decision making power during my life, but ultimately trustees will determine what’s best for it. Is the transfer akin to selling a sefer Torah, with all the halachic questions it raises?
One who sees the Great Sea recites the blessing … when he sees it periodically. How long a break constitutes periodically? Rami bar Abba says in the name of Rabbi Yitzchak: thirty days.
The plaintiff (=pl) pulled out of his driveway and banged into the defendant’s (=def) car, as the latter was driving in reverse on a one-way street, causing damage to both cars. Pl claims that since def drove against the traffic rules, def is responsible for the accident. Pl claims to have pulled out slowly and says that he had no reason to suspect a car would be coming from the wrong direction. Def counters that since pl anyway had to look in both directions due to pedestrians, he was at fault for not seeing and avoiding def’s car. [Last week we discussed why def is responsible for damages to pl’s car and not vice versa.] Def offered to pay pl for his damages using an auto garage that he knows. Pl refused, based on the advice of his insurance agent, and had the damage professionally appraised, after which he took the car to an expensive garage. The cost was 15,000 shekels, including the appraisal. Def says that he could have had it fixed for 4,000 shekels, had pl agreed to his garage.
This edition of
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of
the beloved friend
of Eretz Hemdah
Doris (Doba) Moinester
whose Yahrtzeit is 23rd of Elul
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).