Shabbat Parashat Vayeira 5777
Vayeira | 18 Cheshvan 5777 | 11/19/2016
In describing Avraham’s building of a spiritual legacy, the Torah says: “He planted an eshel in Be’er Sheva and called out there in the name of Hashem, the eternal G-d” (Bereishit 21:33). With the help of this pasuk and a difficult and extremely harsh one in Yeshaya, we will discover an unknown element of worship of Hashem practiced at the time of the forefathers.
May a child ride a bicycle on Shabbat in a place that has an eiruv?
[Rav Shimon and Rav Elazar left the cave and were distressed by people occupied with agriculture.] Everyplace that they looked was consumed by fire. A bat kol (Heavenly voice) called out: “Have you come out to destroy My world? Return to your cave.” They went back in and lived there for twelve months. After twelve months, they said: “The verdict for the evil in Gehinom is twelve months.”
The plaintiff (=pl) placed a vending coffee machine in a shul (=def) with the gabbai’s permission. It was agreed that he would pay 80 shekels a month for water and electricity. Over time the gabbai became opposed to the business, claiming that there were multiple complaints from shul-goers over coins lost in the machine and the product’s poor quality. First, it was decided to raise the charge to 100 shekels a month. Later, def demanded pl to give up the business. Pl demands compensation for lost revenue and also for effectively voiding his sale of the machine/business to Reuven, with the latter now demanding a return of 7,400 shekels. Pl claims that the gabbai wanted to replace him with Shimon, who would pay more money than he was. Pl claims that the gabbai exaggerated problems with the machine, which pl tended to promptly. Shimon is a professional in the field of coffee machines. He came to look into the complaints and eventually took over the business after pl was asked to leave. He described the consequences of pl’s lack of proper upkeep of the machine and what should be done. After using the old machine for a month, after paying pl 2,600 shekels for it, Shimon installed a new machine, as def required. His reported sales during the time of his operation were four times that of pl’s.
Refuah Sheleymah to
Orit bat Miriam
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).