Shabbat Parashat Yitro 5773
Yitro | 22 Shvat 5773 | 2/2/2013
Our haftara opens with the proclamation that the very powerful and profound vision that Yeshaya saw took place in the year that King Uziyahu died (Yeshaya 6:1). We have discussed in the past the opinion in Chazal that this does not refer to Uziyahu’s biological death, but to the time that he became a leper and was forced to “retire.” At that time, his son Yotam became the de facto king. Yotam was well described by his name, which hints at completeness in righteousness. The first two letters of his name hint at Hashem’s name and the final two letters spell tam, meaning complete or righteous. In fact, Yotam is the only king, including the righteous ones, of whom there is no hint of sin or criticism. There is no mention of problematic behavior – not in Melachim, nor in Divrei Hayamim, nor in the words of the prophets who operated in his time (Hoshea, Amos, Yeshaya, and Micha).
I recently discontinued the practice of saying Hamapil because I don’t fall asleep quickly, and I find that I sometimes end up talking. Besides Rav Moshe Shternbach’s opinion not to recite Hamapil, am I justified?
Rabbi Tanchum bar Chanilai said: Whoever is modest in the bathroom will be saved from three things: snakes, scorpions, and demons. Some say that his dreams will also be orderly and pleasant for him.
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 demands full tuition because of a clause in the contract stating that if the student leaves the yeshiva after a certain date, he must pay in full. The sides disagree as to whether this condition applies to a student who was expelled
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