Shabbat Parashat Ki Teitzei 5772
Ki Teitzei | 14 Elul 5772 | 9/1/2012
When you go out as a camp against your enemy, you shall be careful about all bad things” (Devarim 23:10). The Torah goes on to discuss regulations of purity and of hygiene and explains, “For Hashem, your G-d, is going in the midst of your camp to save you and to hand your enemy over to you, and your camp shall be holy, and He shall not see in you an unseemly thing and abandon you” (ibid. 15).
A neighbor of mine (Reuven) was having problems providing for his family, and stores, including a grocery store (Shimon) were unwilling to sell him on credit. I gave him personal post-dated checks to solve the problem, so they could periodically draw on my account. Reuven would pay me the money by the time the check was to be drawn. When I saw that Reuven stopped paying me, I cancelled the remaining checks and told him not to use them. Shimon has called me, demanding that I reimburse him for cancelled checks. I told Shimon why I cancelled them and that, since Reuven received his products, he should demand payment of Reuven. Am I right?
Rabbi Shmuel bar Yitzchak said: The clouds of the morning have no essence to them, as the pasuk says: “Your kindness is like a morning cloud” (Hoshea 6:4). Rav Pappa asked Abayei: Don’t people say that if when you open the door in the morning there is rain, you can tell the donkey driver to fold up his bag and sleep on it? It is not a question. It depends if the cloud is thick or flimsy.
The plaintiff (=pl) pulled out of his driveway and banged into the defendant’s (=def) car, as the latter was driving in reverse on a one-way street, causing damage to both cars. Pl claims that since def drove against the traffic rules, def is responsible for the accident. Pl claims to have pulled out slowly and says that he had no reason to suspect a car would be coming from the wrong direction. Def counters that since pl anyway had to look in both directions due to pedestrians, he was at fault for not seeing and avoiding def’s car.
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