Shabbat Parashat Miketz 5772
Miketz | 28 Kislev 5772 | 24/12/2011
One of the basic early discussions (Shabbat 21b) regarding the proper commemoration of Chanuka is whether the number of candles we light increases as the days of Chanuka progress (Beit Hillel) or decreases (Beit Shammai). Both give their reason. Beit Shammai model the commemoration, of rabbinic origin, after the Torah precedent on Sukkot: the bulls that are sacrificed on Sukkot decrease daily. Beit Hillel counter with an idea: we go up in sanctity, and we do not go down.
We live in Jerusalem but will be visiting in NY. Our return flight is scheduled to leave NY 1:15 PM on the day before Chanuka and arrive in Israel on Chanuka morning. How can we fulfill the mitzva of Chanuka candles? (Requested background information – all our kids live out of the house; we live on a secluded street.)
Rabba bar bar Chana was travelling in a caravan. He ate and forgot to bentch. [After they departed] he said [to himself]: What shall I do? If I tell them that I forgot to bentch, they will tell me that wherever I bentch I am blessing Hashem. He said to them: “Wait for me because I have forgotten a dove of gold.” He went back, bentched, returned, and found a dove of gold.
The defendant (=def), a teacher and respected member of a community, found two boys, including the plaintiff (=pl), in a heated argument. Pl threatened to hit the other boy, who told def that pl had already hit him. Def demanded that pl leave the area. After pl refused several times, def shoved him. Pl, who it turns out, had surgery on his inner ear a week earlier, sustained damage to his ear as a result of def’s rough contact and required substantial medical care. Pl and his parents demand payment for direct and indirect expenses and for pain.
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