Shabbat Parashat Vayishlach | 5768
Vayishlach | 14 Kislev 5768 | 12/12/2007
Parashat Vayeitzei focuses on Yaakov’s developing family, describing his relationships with his wives and, on the other hand, with his father-in-law and his children’s births. The end of the parasha moves over to a more national outlook. Yaakov assembled a whole camp; Lavan pursued with his own forces.
Case: A man wrote a will leaving some money to his daughters and granddaughters and the rest to tzedakah (but none to his sons). The will was left by his lawyer, who was the only person who knew it existed. The halachic inheritors questioned its validity.
According to the instructions of the Chief Rabbinate, even farmers who sold, under the Rabbinate’s auspices, their fields to non-Jews should refrain from actions to the field and/or produce that are forbidden by the Torah at the time when the laws of Shemitta apply from the Torah. Therefore, sowing the field should be done by non-Jews (or, under pressing circumstances, by gerama (indirect action)). What is the status of produce that came from sowing done improperly by Jews in a normal manner?