Shabbat Parashat R'ei | 5768
R'ei | 29 Av 5768 | 8/30/2008
Among the mitzvot discussed in our parasha is one that is soon to apply (albeit, rabbinically): the releasing of debts at the end of Shemitta. “At the end of seven years shall you make a shemitta”(Devarim 15:1). What is the connection between this element of Shemitta and those we know better?
[The gemara tells how Rav Huna was punished for a mildly improper business dealing, when 400 barrels of his wine turned into vinegar. After he repented and rectified the situation, he was rewarded.] “There are those who say that the vinegar returned to being wine. There are those who say that the price of vinegar rose to be the same as the price of wine.”
Last time we saw that while all agree that an eved ivri who was sick for up to three years does not have to make up time missed, a machloket Rishonim exists regarding a regular worker who is paid for a certain amount of time and missed a significant part of it due to illness. The Tashbetz distinguished between one who works for a long time, in which case, the employer has to expect some illness, to which he apparently relinquishes his claims if he did not stipulate, and a short-term worker.
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Yitzchak Eizik Ben Yehuda Leib a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the 29th of Av
as well as
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory 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).