Shabbat Parashat Tzav 5772
Tzav | 8 Nissan 5772 | 31/03/2012
Chazal have taught us in several interesting ways how the story of the warrior/judge, Gidon, is parallel to the story of the seder. The navi (Shoftim 6:2-12) tells us that the Midianites were oppressively dominating Israel, who called out to Hashem for help. Gidon was, at the time his involvement began, dealing with the wheat in the field, when an angel appeared to him and called to him, “Hashem is with you, man of valor.” Gidon replied: “Hashem is with us?! Why did all of these events happen to us? Where are all of His miracles that our fathers told us about, when they told us that Hashem took us out of Egypt, but now He has forsaken us and given us over to the hands of Midian?” The angel responded: “Go with this strength and save Israel from the hands of Midian, for I have sent you.”
This year, with the seder being on Shabbat night, is there a need for any special preparations?
There are three things that require [asking for] mercy: a good dream, a good year, and a good king.
The plaintiff (=pl) rented out his apartment on a yearly basis to the defendant (=def) and his family. In the midst of the fourth year of renting, def left the apartment because he got divorced, and his ex-wife and children needed to move close to her parents. Pl was unsuccessful in finding an alternative tenant. Pl claims that def should pay the remaining months of the rental, as the contract states that def must pay until the end of the period even if they leave under oness (extenuating circumstances). Def says he did not read all the conditions of the contract and should not be bound by such an irregular condition. He claims to have had no idea he was going to get divorced during the year.
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