Shabbat Parashat Toldot | 5770
Toldot | 5 Kislev 5770 | 11/21/2009
When a “tired” Eisav asked Yaakov for food and Yaakov responded that he wanted the rights of the firstborn in return, Eisav said: “Feed me na this red, red food” (Bereishit 25:29). Among the various explanations one could give to some of the episodes involving Eisav, Chazal often presented negative ones.
I often see people getting aliyot who lean on the bima during their aliya. Isn’t that a problem? Shouldn’t I tell them to stop?
Ein Ayah: Personality Traits that Ruined Important People’s Lives; Dangerous Broadening of the Torah“There should be no breeches” (Tehillim 144:14) – this refers to the idea that our group should not be like Shaul’s group, out of whom came Do’eg Ha’adomi (who massacred the kohanim of Nov); “and nothing going out” (ibid.) – that our group should not be like David’s group, from whom came Achitofel (who plotted unethically in support of Avshalom’s rebellion); “and no screaming” (ibid.) – that our group should not be like Elisha’s, from whom came Geichazi; “in our streets [rechovoteinu- literally wide places]” (ibid.) – that we should not have a son or a student who burns his food (i.e., who acts in a manner that demonstrates his religious lacking) in public.
We have seen that the normal way to decide civic matters is by majority vote, but that this majority may consist only of those who pay the local tax and that the people should be urged to cast their votes with noble intentions. We finish off this topic with the latter factors.
This week in the Daf Hayomi the Gemara (90a) states that in a case where the buyer and the seller agreed upon a purchase of a certain measurement, weight, or amount of merchandise, and the merchandise supplied was lacking or in excess even a small amount, we do not consider the difference to be forgiven. This is in distinction to the case where the price agreed upon was different from the real price of the merchandise, in which case the Halacha is that a difference of less than a sixth is considered to be forgiven. However for a difference of measurement, weight, or amount, even a small difference is not considered to be forgiven.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
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).