Shabbat Parashat Beshalach 5773
Beshalach | 15 Shvat 5773 | 1/26/2013
“Amalek came and battled with Israel in Refidim” (Shemot 17:8). The midrash says that the word Refidim hints at the fact that Isarel had weakened their hands from involvement in Torah (Tanchuma 25). The next section of the Torah is that they left Refidim and traveled to Sinai (Shemot 19:2), where they, of course, prepared themselves for receiving the Torah. As Rashi (ad loc.) comments, “Just as they came to the Sinai Desert with repentance, so did they leave Refidim with repentance.”
May one wear a reflective armband on Shabbat where there is no eiruv so cars will be better able to see him at night?
[At the time that Rabbi Akiva was dying a torturous death at the hands of the Romans], the angels said before Hashem: “This is Torah, and this is its reward?” The angels cited the pasuk (Tehillim 17:14): “To die by Your hand, to die at an old age.” Hashem answered [by citing the continuation of the pasuk]: “Their place is in [eternal] life”
A student was expelled in the middle of the year from a yeshiva for not living up to the minimum expectations of its staff. The yeshiva refused to return any tuition because of a clause in the contract between the parents and the yeshiva that states that if the student leaves the yeshiva after a certain date, the parents are not entitled to a refund. The two sides disagreed as to whether this condition applies even to a student who leaves because he is expelled or only to one who leaves of his own volition.
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
Reuben M. Rudman
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).