Shabbat Parashat Tzav | 5770
Tzav | 12 Nissan 5770 | 3/27/2010
The mishna and gemara are clear that the telling of the story of the Exodus on the night of the Pesach seder progresses from the negative (“We were slaves to Pharaoh”) to the positive. Rabban Gamliel also stresses that the story must include mention of the maror, the bitter herbs that we eat that night. What is the significance of the maror in this story?
At our seder, during the meal, some people start dozing off, and some have considered taking a nap so that they will have strength to finish the seder. Isn’t there a problem that if you fall sleep, you can’t eat the afikoman? Is there a way around that?
Blessed is the Place (Hashem), blessed is He; blessed is He who gave Torah to His nation, Israel, blessed is He. The Torah spoke corresponding to four sons: one is wise (chacham); one is evil (rasha); one is simple (tam); and one does not know how to ask.
The defendant (=def) was involved in putting out a book of articles. He was in discussions with the plaintiff (=pl), a niece of Rav S., to do the book’s layout. Rav S. took over the finances and rights to the book. He agreed orally to wages for pl of 25 shekels per page, received def’s permission to have X Publishing House publish, and had 2,000 copies made without pl’s approval. X refused to pay pl because she overcharged, according to def.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara (41b) deals with the question of when the latest time to make the blessing on the new moon is. Since the moon disappears and reappears at the beginning of each month, the Sages instituted a blessing on the new moon. The Gemara quotes a disagreement as to when the moon is still considered new, and the blessing can still be said.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving 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).