Shabbat Parashat Shemot 5773
Shemot | 23 Tevet 5773 | 1/5/2013
Struggles between brothers are a recurring theme in Bereishit. Examples include Kayin and Hevel, Shem and Cham, Yitzchak and Yishmael, Yaakov and Eisav, and the rivalry among the sons of Yaakov. The latter rivalry was ostensibly decided at the end of Bereishit. Yosef’s prophetic dreams were fulfilled, as Yosef’s brothers were subservient to him. Yaakov confirmed Yosef’s special status in the blessings he gave at the end of his life (see Bereishit 49:27) and determined that Ephrayim would be dominant among Yosef’s children. Moshe Rabbeinu confirmed this a few generations later (see Devarim 33:16-17).
I cook rice in the microwave. On Shabbat, I want to heat it up on the hotplate. Besides the regular questions of reheating, is there a problem because the first cooking was irregular?
Rava also said: The world was created only for Achav ben Omri and Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa. This world was created for Achav, and the World to Come was created for Rabbi Chanina.
The plaintiff wanted to bring as a witness an agent who worked for the defendant. The defendant requested that beit din not allow the agent to testify because he is unfit to testify in this case for several reasons. Firstly, the agent is at odds with the defendant, and they are in the midst of adjudication. There is also a claim that the witness has been involved in criminal activity. He also is claimed to be a nogeiah badavar (one who has an interest in the outcome of the adjudication at hand), for if it is discovered that he acted without authority in this case, he may have to pay for that action.
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