Shabbat Parashat Acharei Mot | 5768
Acharei Mot | 14 Nisan 5768 | 4/19/2008
In the past, we have discussed the “four sons” of the seder based on the passages in the Torah that relate to them. We explained that the rasha asks about the Korban Pesach’s relevance because he is unwilling to renew the covenant with Hashem. The chacham is an intellectual, who investigates everything with his logic and is willing to accept only that which makes sense to him. He is only one step above the rasha. The meaning of tam in the Torah is of one with complete righteousness.
What do you suggest we do on Erev Pesach this year, which is on Shabbat, regarding when and what to eat?
However, these technical answers do not explain the gemara in Pesachim, that once chametz is assur b’hana’ah, one cannot do bitul on it. After all, an owner can do bitul on something that is not worth a peruta. The matter of mekach ta’ut is certainly not related to the possibility of bitul.
The plaintiff rented an apartment from the defendant and paid in advance for a long period of rental. The contract states that the plaintiff is responsible for repairs of the apartment, which is in poor condition. The plaintiff says that given that she paid so much for the apartment in advance, she would not have agreed to pay for all repairs (she is prepared to pay half). She claims to have signed the contact as is because she is illiterate. The defendant counters that she received three days to show the contract to an advisor and, therefore, she is responsible for signing it.
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).