Shabbat Parashat Ki Tavo| 5770
Ki Tavo | 18 Elul 5770 | 8/28/2010
The bringing of bikurim (first fruit) to the Beit Hamikdash is accompanied by a unique declaration that the Torah mandates with the command “v’anita va’amarta” (you shall call out and say) (Devarim 26:5). The declaration includes not only a short description of Jewish history from the exile in Egypt, as they were becoming a nation, but also goes back to the roots of the nation at the time of the forefathers (“Arami oved avi”).
We have a local goy shel Shabbat (Shabbos goy). I do not know how and when I am supposed to use him for things other than emergencies. Is it sufficient just to hint to him, and then he can do whatever I want?
Vayechal Moshe” (he prayed; [the unusual root hints at other meanings]) – Abayei said: This teaches us that Moshe prayed until he “made Hashem sick (choleh).” Rava said: …until Moshe nullified Hashem’s oath (Rashi- to destroy them).
A woman (=pl) lost her husband in the Yom Kippur War without having children. The deceased’s oldest brother (=def) refuses to do chalitza and says that the same is true of his younger brothers, unless pl gives a significant sum of money to carry out the process....
This week in the Daf Hayomi we continue learning the halachot of idolatry. One of the prohibitions listed in the Gemara is mar'it ayin (the appearance) of idolatry. For example, if one dropped coins before a statue of idolatry, it is prohibited to bend down to pick them up, because it will appear as though one is bowing down to the idol.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
the beloved friend of
Doris (Doba) Moinester
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).