Shabbat Parashat Chayei Sara 5779
Chayei Sarah | 25 Cheshvan 5779 | 11/3/2018
When Avraham sent his servant to find a wife for Yitzchak, he instructed him to find her in “my land and my birthplace (moladty)” (Bereishit 24:4). While we know the servant went to Aram Naharayim, where Avraham’s brother Nachor lived, there is actually a dispute among commentaries as to where Avraham came from
I want to soon sell my semi-detached house, which, as is common, is officially owned by the Jewish Agency and rented by me. Do the halachot of giving precedence to buy to adjacent property owners (bar metzra) apply in my case? If yes: does the owner of the other half of my building take precedence over the neighbor from an adjacent building? Do I have to allow my neighbors bargain with me? If they decline at my asking price and someone else bargains me down, do I have to return to the neighbors with that price?
[We begin with the piece of gemara discussed last time and continue with the new section, which ensues, regarding untying.] Where was tying done in the Mishkan [which would make it a melacha on Shabbat]? Rava said: They would tie things to the stakes that held the tent in place. Abaye said: That is tying while having in mind to untie it [as the Mishkan was periodically moved]?! Rather, said Abaye: It was when the weavers of the fabric sheets, upon a thread being broken, would tie it up. That explains [the origins of] tying; what can you say about untying. If you suggest that it was when two threads were accidentally tied together so that it was necessary to undo one of them, [this does not make sense]. After all, even when preparing something for a human king, one does not act in such [an unprofessional manner, to have to redo things], all the more so when it is done for the King, who is the King of kings.
The plaintiff (=pl) was a valued saleswoman for the defendant (=def), a storeowner, for over a year. During work two days before Rosh Hashana, she informed def that she would be unable to work the next day. Def said that she was not excused, and a heated dispute with threats by def ensued. Pl asked def if she would be fired for not coming in, and def said it would not be considered his firing but her quitting. Pl did not come in and did not contact def in the days after Rosh Hashana. Pl is now suing for severance pay (just over 5,000 shekels – her monthly salary) and for various other employee rights she claims to deserve. These include: payment for not giving sufficient warning of termination; payment for termination without an employer/employee hearing; making up missed payment for an extra day and hour of work. Pl claims that she could not come in the next day because of her child’s illness. She also claims that according to the contract, she is not required to work on Fridays and that Erev Rosh Hashana is equivalent to Fridays. According to def, she had admitted that she was not coming in because she wanted to cook for Rosh Hashana.
We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:
Meira bat Esther
Yair Menachem ben Yehudit Chana
Rivka Reena bat Gruna Natna
David Chaim ben Rassa
Lillian bat Fortune
Yafa bat Rachel Yente
Eliezer Yosef ben Chana Liba
Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra
Together with all cholei Yisrael
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of:
for our homeland
and Members of
Eretz Hemdah's Amutah
Tishrei 9 5776
Rav Carmel's father
Iyar 8 5776
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
Tamuz 10 5774
Kislev 9 5769
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
Rav Moshe Zvi (Milton)
Tammuz 19, 5778
Jack Levin –
R' George Weinstein
Gershon ben Yehudah Mayer
a lover of the Jewish Nation Torah and Land.
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).