Shabbat Parashat Vayishlach| 5771
Vayishlach | 13 Kislev 5771 | 11/20/2010
Last week’s parasha ends with Yaakov asserting his independence from Lavan, with the assistance of Hashem who forbade Lavan from imposing his will on Yaakov. Yaakov emerges as the leader of a fledgling nation, able to negotiate, make treaties, and set international boundaries.
Is it necessary to tovel equipment used in food production (e.g., restaurant, factory)? Some equipment is impossible to tovel; some equipment is too big to tovel anywhere but a natural body of water. What if the factory is far away from any mikveh other than an ocean? Must one shlep everything there?
Someone went down to daven in Rabbi Chanina’s presence and said: “… the Lord Who is great, powerful, awe-inspiring, wonderful, full of strength …” Rabbi Chanina waited until he finished, upon which he said to him: “Have you completed all of the praises of your Master? Why did you say so much? For us, even the three adjectives that we use (great, powerful, awe-inspiring), we would not say if it were not written in the Torah and instituted in prayer by Anshei Knesset Hagedola (Men of the Great Assembly), and you praise Him so much!”
Determining the halachic status of the directors of non-profit organizations impacts on several halachic questions. Are they considered like the owners of the operations so that they can be summoned on behalf of the institution and are invalid to testify on behalf of the organization like a party to the conflict, or do they have the status of a gabbai or apputropus (legal guardian) who can separate himself from the conflict in those regards?
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This week’s Hemdat Yamim
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).