Shabbat Parashat Vayeishev| 5771
Vayeishev | 20 Kislev 5771 | 11/27/2010
Our parasha opens: “Yaakov lived in the land of his father’s dwelling” (Bereishit 37:1). Rashi (ad loc.:2) comments famously that Yaakov desired to live in tranquility. Ostensibly, who could blame him after the difficulties with Eisav, Lavan, and Dina? However, our forefather, who served as a forerunner for our nation, was not able to have his wish granted.
Ask the Rabbi: When is it permitted for a gabbai to speak in performing his various responsibilities?When is it permitted for a gabbai to speak in performing his various responsibilities, such as choosing and informing people about aliyot, finding out their names, and discussing who should be chazan? Specifically, I was wondering about during chazarat hashatz, Kaddish, and Kri’at Hatorah.
The true shleimut (completeness) is to resemble Hashem to the extent humanly possible. A prerequisite of shleimut is total freedom, which is a sign of full ability. If there is something that is forcing someone, then he is not free and capable.
A divorced wife (=def) had beit din issue a restraining order against her ex-husband (=pl) from leaving the country out of fear that he would not continue child support. However, def did not inform pl of the restraining order, and he found out only at the border crossing to Sinai, causing his planned and paid trip to be lost. Since def signed an agreement to pay damages when she did not give him three days warning about such a restraining order, pl is suing for his lost reservation expenses and for the aggravation of having his vacation ruined.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
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).