Shabbat Parashat Tetzaveh | 5768
Tetzaveh | 10 Adar I 5768 | 2/16/2008
One might look at our parasha’s careful description of the articles of clothing of the kohen gadol (High Priest) and the regular kohanim as a verbal display of special but archaic fashion. Actually, wherever one turns, there are concepts and moral and spiritual lessons.
I was at a Shabbat bar mitzva at a hotel in Israel. We davened in a makeshift shul (with an aron and sefer Torah) near the room we ate, which is often used when separate parties are going on. Should we have recited Me’ein Sheva (Magen Avot) at the end of Maariv?
The Mishneh Lamelech says that there is no mitzva of burial on a k’zayit (olive-size piece) of a body. Rather the mitzva refers to the head and majority of the body. The Ohr Hameir says that this is so only when the body will be buried in parts, but if the body as a whole is being buried, every part of it must be included. The Gesher Hachayim (I, 16:2) also says that if one finds a limb or a k’zayit of flesh of a body that was one buried, he must bury that as well.
The plaintiff (=pl) invented a game and entered an equal partnership with the defendant (=def) to sell its rights to a company. Def was to market the game to a specific international company, whose CEO is a friend of his. The company ended up rejecting the game. In light of the failure, pl wants to end the partnership and market the game to a smaller Israeli company which requires less marketing for a smaller profit. He is willing to pay def only 20% of profits, as his special value was in regard to that one company. Def responded that he is not responsible for the failure and wants to continue under the original conditions, marketing the product to other large companies.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in memory of Yehoshua ben Yaakov z”l (Egon Mayer)
by Ernest & Judith Gottdiener
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is also 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).