Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar 5772
Bamidbar | 5 Sivan 5772 | 26/05/2012
One of the better known Rashis in the Chumash tells us that the creation of the world was waiting for completion on the sixth day of Sivan, when the Torah was to be given to Israel. One would think that this date is extremely significant. However, the date is never mentioned in the Torah. When going through the dates of the holidays in Emor and in Pinchas, the date for Shavuot is omitted, needing to be extrapolated from the date of Pesach. As a matter of fact, Chazal argue whether the giving of the Torah was done on the sixth day or the seventh and we assume that it was, indeed, on the seventh of Sivan (Shabbat 86b). This is because Moshe suggested that the giving be delayed one day in order for Bnei Yisrael to be better prepared. How could Moshe alter the critical timing due to a matter that Hashem had apparently not required?
What do we do about lighting a havdala candle on Motza’ei Shabbat when it is also Yom Tov?
Rav Chisda said: A bad dream is harsher than lashes, as the pasuk says, “Hashem made that they should have fear of Him” (Kohelet 3:14), and Rabba bar bar Chana explained that this is referring to a bad dream.
The plaintiff (=pl) is a shul that is located in a courtyard off the street, and people must enter by passing through a walkway that goes through the defendant’s (=def, a store) property, which is also used by workers and customers. The Land Registry has the area registered as owned by def but slated for the use of pl as well. The walkway had been roofed for years with a semi-transparent plastic material. Because of leaks in the roof of def’s store, def redid the roof and extended it over parts of the walkway. Pl complains that the new roof damages their rights in a few ways. It restricts light and air. It is also lower, thereby preventing bringing large items in. It also makes it harder to see who is coming the other way, which causes problems of modesty when a man and a woman enter the area from different sides. Therefore, pl wants the new roof removed. Beit din visited the site and saw that the additions are only a few centimeters lower, and while there is some darkness, one does not feel a lack of air or crowdedness.
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