Shabbat Parashat Ki Tavo | 5769
Ki Tavo | 16 Elul 5769 | 9/4/2009
Our parasha opens with the discussion of the bringing of bikurim (first fruit) to the Beit Hamikdash. In this context, the Torah says: “You shall rejoice in all the good Hashem gave to you and to your household - you, the Levi and the newcomer in your midst” (Devarim 26:11).
I saw a situation on Shabbat in which, unexpectedly, a digital camera fell out of the carriage my friend was pushing, onto the sidewalk. The question arose whether she was allowed to move it or whether she had to leave it, with the likelihood it would being taken. If it is muktzeh machamat chisaron kis (= mmchk) an object that is so precious that its owner will use it only for its main purpose, one which is forbidden on Shabbat, then I assume there is no way to move it. However, if it is cheap enough that the owner would use it for other things, then as a kli shemelachto l’issur (= klshmli- a utensil whose main use is for forbidden activity), would it be permitted to make up a use for the camera at home (e.g., as a paperweight) that would enable it to be moved?
Gemara: [The prayer that this gemara focuses on is known to us as Birkat Hachodesh (as we declare the new month)]. It should be Your will … that we have … life that has in it the fear of sin …
Moshe Rabbeinu was the first dayan. When Yitro’s advice to appoint more dayanim was accepted, the chain of existing dayanim giving semicha to new ones began. These judges are called dayanim semuchim, whereas even a knowledgeable dayan who lacks authentic semicha is called a dayan hedyot. Some areas that can be dealt with only by semuchim include capital and corporal punishment, levying penalty payments, declaring the new month, and deciding on leap years.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara deals with the issue of dividing something owned by partners. The Mishna (11a) states that: if something can be divided and still be used for its original function, then one of the partners can demand that it be divided. However, if following the division it will not be able to be used for the original function, then one partner cannot force its division
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the head of the Kollel,
on the passing
of his mother,
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