Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei 5774
Vayeitzei | 6 Kislev 5774 | 11/9/2013
Our parasha tells of the building of Yaakov’s family, one child at a time. We will concentrate on a look at the history of the tribes that emanated from the two last of Leah’s six children, Yissachar and Zevulun. These two, born significantly later than their older four full brothers, went down through history as a pair.
Psychologists sometimes believe that a patient’s symptoms – depression, anger, poor functioning etc. – are a result of his parent’s destructive behavior toward him. Can we encourage a patient to express his resentment to the offending parent in a controlled, appropriate manner? The goals of these interventions are to help the patient reduce his symptoms and the suppressed hatred toward the parent. This can help improve the relationship, even though, on an immediate basis, the negative feelings are legitimized and brought to the fore.
“Hassket (literally, listen) and hear, Israel” (Devarim 27:9). [Read it as:] Hass (be silent) and afterward katet (break it down with critical analysis), as Rava said: A person should always study Torah first and then contemplate.
The defendant (=def) is the representative of a group of inheritors who, through a lawyer, entered negotiations to sell a property to the plaintiff (=pl). They agreed on a price, and pl paid app. 12% as a down payment. A contract was drafted, and requested emendations by def caused a delay in the signing of the contract. Eventually, def decided to return the down payment and not go through with the sale, which caused a loss to pl, who had already hired an architect to make building plans. Therefore, pl demands that the sale be upheld. Def says that the lawyer was instructed not to finalize a sale without def’s final agreement, which in turn required agreement from all the joint inheritors. (One of the inheritors decided to buy out the others and keep the property.) Def points out that the contract was never signed, and the property was not transferred in the Tabu (Land Registry).
amongst the sick
of Klal Yisrael
Rabanit Itah bat Chana
Mr. Eliyahu ben Sara Carmel
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
in memory of
Sara Rivka bat
Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”l
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