Shabbat Parashat Vayechi 5773
Vayechi | 16 Tevet 5773 | 12/29/2012
Yosef, as his death approached, instructed Bnei Yisrael: “Hashem will certainly redeem you, and you shall take my bones out of here with you” (Shemot 13:19). In addition to the purpose of getting his remains out of Egypt and into Eretz Yisrael, there is a point hinted at by an added word [in Parashat Beshalach, not Vayechi] – “itchem (with you).” Yosef, the great dreamer, wanted his bones and memory to accompany the people, so that the redeemed nation might learn from him.
Someone came into shul very late for Shacharit. He put on tefillin and started Shemoneh Esrei right away with the tzibbur. He asked me afterwards whether he should make up Psukei D’zimra and Kri’at Shema afterward. What should I have told him?
Rava said: A person knows about himself whether he is a tzaddik (righteous person) or a rasha (evil person).
The plaintiff (=pl) and defendant (=def) are neighbors in an apartment building who jointly planned the expansion of their apartments. Due to legal and technical considerations, it was possible for def to expand more than pl, but a disagreement arose regarding rights to a certain area. In the midst of negotiations, def presented his plans for the two of them to the municipal regulatory board, with the area in question apportioned to him. Pl raised an objection to the plans. At a meeting at the municipality, an official warned pl that if he did not sign on to the plans that def submitted, his building expansion would not be approved, and it takes significant time until it would be considered again. Pl signed the plans, but later he claimed that he did so under duress and presented witnesses that he said in advance that he would sign only under duress.
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