Shabbat Parashat Vaeira 5772
Va'eira | 26 Tevet 5722 | 1/21/2012
When Hashem appeared to Moshe and told him to begin his mission to prepare the way for Bnei Yisrael’s liberation, Moshe asked what proof he would have that Hashem had appeared to him. Hashem involved Moshe in a miracle he could carry out for Bnei Yisrael so that they would believe him. He told Moshe to take his staff and throw it to the ground, whereupon it turned into a snake (Shemot 4:3). Moshe ran away in fear because he thought that the snake, which represents evil, was independent. The fact that he was able to turn the staff into a snake and then back into a staff proved that Hashem controlled even that which we see as bad in the world. This miracle also convinced the nation that Moshe could lead the nation to liberation (ibid. 30-31).
I have come from England, where avocados are available all year long, to Israel, where it is primarily a winter-spring fruit. Do I recite Shehecheyanu upon eating it in Israel?
He who sees the Passageway of the Sea (i.e., the place where Bnei Yisrael crossed the Red Sea) and the Passageway of the Jordan (where they entered Eretz Yisrael) … All who see them should give praise and thanks to Hashem.
The plaintiff (=pl) has claims against the defendant (=def) on issues of employment. When he felt that def was not taking him seriously, pl sued him in secular court, and def responded with a ktav hagana (the defendant’s anwer); no hearing has taken place. Pl realizes that he was wrong in taking the matter to secular court and now wants to adjudicate before beit din. Def is not willing to switch the venue at this point, especially after he hired a lawyer to write the ktav hagana. Is def required to agree to go to beit din?
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