Shabbat Parashat Vayikra| 5767
Vayikra | | 1/1/2006
Last week we discussed the juxtaposition of Shabbat and the Mishkan. This week, this writer is perplexed not about why a section appears here, but about why it appears only here. The Torah commands: “Should a soul sin and commit treachery against Hashem and lie to his friend about … or a theft … and denied it and swore falsely. And it will be should he sin and be guilty, he should return the stolen object that he stole …and he should return its principal and add on its fifth … and he should bring a [korban] asham” (Vayikra 5: 23-25).
Case: The defendant has not paid the fee set by the va’ad bayit (residents’ council) for the joint expenses of the apartment building’s operations for several months. He also has not paid for the special payment decided upon to finance two one-time projects. The two projects are the tarring of the roof and the legal costs of suing one of the building’s tenants for expanding his apartment at the expense of the joint property of the building without receiving permission from all of its residents. The defendant refuses to pay because some of the decisions were made at the end of a meeting when not all residents were present. He also does not feel there is justification to help finance the legal proceedings against one of the residents, which he views as pointless.
Several midrashim compare the liberation from Egypt, which was led by Moshe, and the future liberation, in which Eliyahu will be involved. They both highlight the word, “anochi (I)” (Shemot Rabba 3). The midrash (Devarim Rabba 3) understands the pasuk,“Hashem’s way is in a storm and a tempest” (Nachum 1:3) as a reference to Moshe (storm) and Eliyahu (tempest). What is the connection between the first and last liberation and between the two holy leaders?
Question: I grew up in a standard Orthodox house in which we scrubbed and cleaned for a month before Pesach, but, on the night of bedikat chametz, we did a ceremonious bedika,which was unlikely to uncover chametz. After learning the relevant gemarot, I understand that the bedika on the night of the 14th of Nisan should be a serious search for chametz. What should we really be doing?