Shabbat Parashat Terumah | 5770
Terumah | 6 Adar 5770 | 2/20/2010
This week we read about the call for the giving of a donation for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), which we pray will be renewed (in the form of a Beit Hamikdash). While the prophets, Chagai and Zecharia, urged the people of their generation to build the Beit Hamikdash, they also said that people should be involved in truthfulness and mishpat shalom (justice based on peace) (Zecharia 8:16). This type of approach is related to the concern for individuals that is behind tzedaka, a term that goes along with mishpat.
I sold an apartment to a ben Torah. There was a payment at the signing, and additional payments at different dates. As of Dec. 1, the apartment was ready to be transferred if all the payments could be made. This depended on getting the mortgage and certain legal issues cleared up by then. By no fault of either side, the final payment took place several weeks later. An uncommon thing that we did is that we wrote a clause allowing the buyers to move into the apartment well before Dec. 1, but they had to pay the same rent the outgoing renters did.
How do we know that a yachid (one davening not as part of a minyan) does not recite Kedusha?
The Rambam (Eidut 9:1) lists ten types of people who cannot serve as witnesses: women, slaves, minors, lunatics, deaf-mutes, the blind, wicked people, disgraceful people, relatives, and people with an interest in the case. This time, we will discuss relatives and wicked people
This week in the Daf Hayomi we begin to learn Masechet Sanhedrin, which deals mainly with the laws of judges. One of the issues the Gemara deals with is that of a judge who erred and ruled incorrectly. This issue is very complex and has many details, and we will only address a certain point.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated In memory of
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).