Shabbat Parashat Vayetzei| 5766
Vayeitzei | | 01/01/2005
Upon arriving in Charan, Ya’akov engaged the shepherds at the well in conversation and ascertained that his cousin, Rachel, was coming with her flock to the well. In an apparent lack of manners, Yaakov commented: “There is much daytime left; it is still not the time to gather the flock; Give the flock to drink and lead them to graze” (Bereishit 29:7).
Case: The plaintiff summoned the defendant to beit din with a description of the reason for the summons and the amount of money he was demanding. The defendant said that he is willing to sign an arbitration agreement (needed to give beit din jurisdiction) only if the plaintiff presents him with further details about the alleged evidence against him.
How did the poskim extract from Tosafot that one can violate even Shabbat to save another? After all, Tosafot referred to violating the “light” aveira of releasing a slave. One can suggest that as long as the violation being obverted is greater than the one that is being violated, we make no further distinctions. Even so, what is the source to allow one to perform an aveira that he was not personally forced into?
Question: I was teaching the laws of meat and milk, including that one who is within six hours of eating meat should not eat pareve at a table with those eating milk without a reminder in place. One of the students asked if sitting around in a kumzitz where there are milchig refreshments on nearby tables is considered eating at one table.
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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).