Shabbat Parashat Vayeira | 5770
Vayeira | 20 Cheshvan 5770 | 11/7/2009
In the middle of our action-packed parasha sits an innocuous pasuk. "Avraham traveled from there to the Land of the Negev, and he lived between Kadesh and Shoor and dwelled in Grar" (Bereishit 20:1). Whenever someone as great as Avraham makes a decision to move, even if still within the Land, and the Torah decides to write about it, commentators (and hopefully we too) will want to know why he did so.
I know that one may not talk during kri’at hatorah, neither during the actual leining nor in between aliyot (bein gavra l’gavra = bglg). What I have not found in the Mishna Berura is when this halacha ends. After the seventh aliya? Maftir? Hagba? Haftara? Putting back the sefer Torah?
The following was a favorite saying of Rav: "The world to come is not like this world. The world to come does not have eating and drinking, or procreation, or commerce; it does not have jealousy, hatred, or competition. Rather, tzaddikim sit with their crowns on their heads, and they enjoy the aura of the Divine Presence."
We saw last time that national leaders need not be appointed by the Sanhedrin or a prophet but can be appointed by the will of the people, which could be established by consensus or even by majority vote. We will investigate details about majority decision in this regard.
This week in the Daf Hayomi the Gemara deals with the question of how one can transfer ownership of a shtar chov (proof of debt, promissory note). As opposed to most objects that have intrinsic value, the shtar's value is not intrinsic, since it is only proof of an existing debt, and thus its value lies in the ability to collect a debt with it.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
ben Yehudah Mayer
a lover of the Jewish Nation Torah and Land
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.