Shabbat Parashat Vayigash | 5764
Vayigash | | 1/2/2004
Before Yaakov’s descent to Egypt, Hashem reassured him: “Do not fear … there I will make you into a great nation. I will go down with you to Egypt and I will surely bring you up, and Yosef will place his hand on your eyes” (Bereishit 46:2-4). Many commentaries struggle with the ambiguous phrase, “Yosef will place his hand on your eyes.” The Rashbam explains that Hashem was reassuring Yaakov that Yosef would see to his needs while in Egypt.
Case: A rental agreement was signed, under whose conditions the renters could decide to leave before the end of the lease with three months notice. The renters indeed gave notice that they intended to leave but subsequently decided to continue with the rental. However, when they informed the landlord of their intention to stay, the landlord said he would allow them to stay only if the rent was significantly increased.
Although classically, it is forbidden for people to take money in order to heal others (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 336:2), there is room to say that these days the situation is somewhat different, as we will explain. The gemara (Kiddushin 58b) says that although one may not take money to sprinkle or sanctify the special water of the para aduma, as one may not demand money to perform mitzvot, he may take money to “bring and fill the water.
This edition of
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).