Shabbat Parashat Teruma 5774
Terumah | 1 Adar I 5774 | 2/1/2014
The Ramban, in his introduction to Sefer Shemot, calls the sefer the Book of Liberation even though only its first section deals with the Exodus from Egypt. The Ramban says that the title actually relates to the end of the sefer, in the context of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), in describing the Divine Glory that dwelled in the cloud during the day and in the fire at night. At that time Bnei Yisrael were considered liberated. This teaches us that while external liberation is a condition for internal liberation, the crowning glory is the internal liberation.
It has been a couple months since I had a baby. May I still say Birkat Hagomel? Answer (part I): [We sent the new mother our response that appeared in Pinchas 5773, in which we explained that a woman can recite Hagomel at least up to twelve months from the time of the birth.] Question (part II): Before I sent you the question, I followed a ruling I found on-line that if one is not sure whether he needs to recite Hagomel, he should have in mind during the morning beracha of “… hagomel chasadim tovim l’amo Yisrael” that it should also serve as thanks in lieu of the regular Hagomel. After doing that, can I still follow your ruling and recite the regular beracha or would that now be a beracha l’vatala?
One who does not allow the poor people to harvest the pei’ah, or he allows one but not another, or he helps one of them is considered to have stolen from the poor, and upon him the pasuk says: “Do not seize the boundary of eternity” (Mishlei 23:10).
Reuven died and left orphans and a sizable estate. Enemies from the king’s palace came to seize the estate. Shimon, who had been appointed a legal guardian, made a deal with the oppressors, whereby he would give them a precious jewel they desired, which belonged to the oldest orphan (Levi), and they would leave the rest of the property. In the presence of a relative of Shimon and another witness, Shimon promised the orphan that if he would give the jewel, Shimon would give him 1500 gold coins from what he would save from the estate. After this event, Shimon the guardian died. This story raises a few questions: Should Levi receive 1500 gold coins from the estate, in addition to his regular portion of the inheritance? Can witnesses to the matter be heard while the other orphans are minors? Are Reuven’s creditors who have claims on all of Reuven’s estate considered like litigants who also must be present at testimony on the matter, as according to the account that sacrificing the jewel saved the estate, Levi should be paid before the creditors?
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