Shabbat Parashat Pinchas 5771
Pinchas | 14 Tamuz 5771 | 7/16/2011
The daughters of Tzlufchad introduced their request to inherit their father’s portion in the Land of Israel with an explanation of his death, stressing the negative: “He was not within the group that gathered against Hashem in the assemblage of Korach” (Bamidbar 27:3). Let us deal with the obvious question: what difference does the reason for Tzlufchad’s death make in regard to his daughters’ ability to inherit his portion?
I have a business in which my workers and I go to clients’ homes to provide a service. Sometimes a client wants the visit on Shabbat or Yom Tov. May I assign a non-Jewish employee to go? In general, our workers receive a set salary plus a commission per time they meet a client.
The host breaks the bread so that he will cut generous pieces, and the guest blesses so that he can bless the host.
The person in charge of someone else’s funds sometimes has a special status. The Shulchan Aruch (Choshen Mishpat 37:9 and 290:12, respectively) says that a gizbar (person in charge of tzedaka funds) and an appotropus (legal guardian of orphans) can testify on behalf of the funds they handle. Similarly they are not personally sides to the dispute, as far as their responsibilities before the court are concerned. However, the status of a person or group of people who together start an NPO (non-profit organization) does not allow for these halachot. Rather, they have the status of owners or parties to the dispute. This is not to take away from their philanthropic intentions; it is just that their level of involvement is higher.
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