Shabbat Parashat Behar| 5771
Behar | 10 Iyar 5771 | 5/14/2011
Our parasha begins with the commandment of the Shemitta (Sabbatical) year and the laws of returning fields to their owners during Yovel (Jubilee). In the middle of the discussion on Yovel, the Torah warns: “When you sell a sale to your counterpart or buy from your counterpart, a man should not wrong (al tonu) his brother. According to the number of years after Yovel he shall buy … and a man should not wrong his counterpart” (Vayikra 25: 14-17).
Is it permitted to heat up challa or to defrost sliced bread or challa on a hotplate on Shabbat in a manner that it can or does becoming crisp?
There are six things that are negative for a talmid chacham to do: …He should not enter the beit midrash (study hall) at the end [on a regular basis], for people will call him a posheia (usually translated as negligent).
A woman (=pl) who is in the process of divorce wants to collect her ketuba, which has a very high shekel sum in it. The husband (=def) claims that he wrote such a large sum in exchange for his receiving half of the apartment she owned. He says that when he later decided to give her back full ownership of the apartment, she relinquished her rights to the special ketuba. She denies this claim. There are two noteworthy elements to the ketuba: the large element of the ketuba is written in the section that deals with property she brought into the marriage for him to keep (nichsei tzon barzel); there are two blank lines between the end of the body and the signatures.
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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).