Shabbat Parashat Pinchas | 5768
Pinchas | 16 Tammuz 5768 | 7/19/2008
Pinchas’ actions, to kill Zimri for publicly engaging in relations with a foreign woman, were greatly rewarded. He received a “covenant of peace … [and] an eternal covenant of priesthood” (Bamidbar 25: 12-13). On the other hand, Chazal tell us that he required special Divine protection in a few realms to avoid being harmed by his zealotry.
I am an older man who recently underwent a series of health crises, including a heart attack. I usually take a cell phone with me outside the home in case I need to call for help. On Shabbat, I feel uneasy going out alone without a phone, as in my building’s stairwell or late at night people may not be around. May I carry the cell phone in my pocket (we have an eiruv), or is it a problem of muktzeh? (My nervousness is not enough to be unhealthy itself, and I will not refrain from going out if your answer is “no.”)
Let us briefly introduce the structure of Ein Aya and our presentation of it. The text begins with the Talmudic source (usually a gemara, but in this case, a mishna). Below is Rav Kook’s passage from Ein Ayah, which elucidates the text. It is important, while reading the Ein Ayah, to remember the content and wording of the Talmudic text. The numbering system is as follows. The passages start from 1 at the beginning of each chapter of the Talmudic tractate.
There is a law in Israel that is called “The Obligation of One Who Requests the Services of a Contractor for the Rights of Workers.” The law’s main idea is that the one who hires a worker through a temporary employment agency has the obligation to ensure that the worker receives the rights that are due to him by law. We will evaluate the law from a halachic basis.
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).