Shabbat Parashat Yitro | 5768
Yitro | 19 Shevat 5768 | 1/26/2008
Twice in our parasha we find the warning to be careful how to go upward. The first time is the one-time commandment to Moshe to make Har Sinai off limits to most of Bnei Yisrael during the giving of the Torah. This was necessary lest someone go up on the mountain or see what he should not, which could cause the falling of “rav” (which can mean many people or a great person) (Shemot 19: 12-22). Toward the end of the parasha the Torah instructs to build a ramp for the mizbe’ach (altar), for if one were to go up with steps, his private parts might be seen (ibid. 20:22).
Permissibility of Food Taken off the Fire on Shabbat On Friday night, I took the chulent off the fire, took some out while holding it, and returned it to the fire. While tasting the sampling, I found that it was not fully cooked (but was edible). How bad was what I did, and was it permitted to eat the chulent the next morning?
There are two approaches to learning mussar. One is to rile up the soul and purify one’s conception by impassioned speech or a sad tune that lowers his self-confidence. He can shake up his inner personality until the excitement in his heart makes his limbs carry out good actions whether of will or of self-coercion. A second approach is to devise techniques to lower the trials that arise before a person, by using natural characteristics to counteract problematic tendencies, and make it easier to contain one’s inclinations.
The Responsibility of a Landlord for Water Damage to the Tenant The plaintiffs (=pl) rented an apartment from the defendant (=def). Soon before the end of the rental, they traveled abroad for a few weeks and, when they returned, found the apartment flooded by a seriously leaking hot water tank, with the content of several boxes of their belongings damaged. They claim that since the tank belongs to def, he must pay for the damage and add that def accepted upon himself to pay for the damages and only afterward withdrew his commitment. Def claims that he is not responsible for damages that occurred to the apartment while it was rented to pl and that, in any case, the damage occurred because of pl’s extended stay abroad.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
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).