Shabbat Parashat Chayei Sarah | 5770
Chayei Sarah | 27 Cheshvan 5770 | 11/14/2009
Our haftara speaks of two coronations that took place for the succession of David Hamelech, one done improperly by Adoniyahu, without his father’s permission, and one for Shlomo, at David’s instruction. Both were held by water, as was customary. Adoniyahu’s took place at Ein (the spring of) Rogel (Melachim I, 1:9); Shlomo’s took place at the Gichon, which is a famous spring in Yerushalayim. Indeed, the Rambam (Melachim 1:11) rules that the kings of the Davidic dynasty are to be anointed only by a spring.
What can I do when I take off my head covering on Shabbat and find hairs that are detached from my scalp and are lying on the rest of my hair? May I remove them by hand or in another manner?
Ein Ayah: Ever Growing Spiritual Aspirations; The Parts of the Body as a Parable for Spiritual CompletenessWhen the rabbis would take leave of the house of Rabbi Ami … they would say the following to him: "Your world shall you see in your life, your end in the life of the world to come, and your hope for generations to come. Your heart shall contemplate with wisdom, your mouth shall speak wisdom, and your tongue shall utter songs of praise. Your eyelids shall be straight before you, your eyes shall see the light of the Torah, and your face shall shine from the glow of the heavens. Your lips shall express knowledge, your kidneys shall be joyous in straight ways, and your feet shall run to hear the words of the atik yomin (One Who has existed for an infinite number of days.
We saw last time that a community can accept majority rule as binding even regarding civic decisions that are not mandated by Torah law. What is to be done when some of the constituency that is supposed to vote does not exercise this right?
This week in the Daf Hayomi the Mishna (83b) deals with the question of when a sale can be cancelled on the basis of the claim that the merchandise turned out to be different from what was agreed upon. The Mishna differentiates between a case where the merchandise was of the same kind agreed upon, but only of a different quality, and a case where the merchandise turned out to be totally different.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving 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.
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).