Shabbat Parashat Vayechi 5774
Vayechi | 11 Tevet 5774 | 12/14/2013
In our parasha, Yaakov promises his son Yehuda that the kingdom in Israel will not leave the Tribe of Yehuda (see Bereishit 49:10 with Rashi). Many deal with the question: how, then, could it be that Shaul (from the Tribe of Binyamin) was anointed by Hashem’s decree as the first king of Israel? Our approach to this question and in general (as cited many times in the past) is that even a divine decree for a king’s rule does not take effect until the people accept his candidacy. Thus, Yaakov’s promise only took effect after David was accepted by the people.
My minyan for Shacharit was short one person. Someone who had already davened agreed to join us until the end of chazarat hashatz. Could we recite Kaddish Shalem, like when a regular davener leaves? Was it permitted to complete the minyan with someone who had to leave before the end?
The pasuk says: “Hashem shall answer you in a day of troubles, the Name of the G-d of Yaakov shall strengthen you” (Tehillim 20:2). It says the “G-d of Yaakov” and not “the G-d of Avraham and Yitzchak.” From here we learn that the owner of the beam should enter the thickness of the beam (Rashi – when a beam is moved, its owner should carry its thickest part; so too, Yaakov had the most toil raising the children and prayed extensively for them).
The plaintiff (=pl) rented a wedding hall from the defendant (=def) for 27,000 shekels and paid in full a month before the wedding. Two days before the wedding, the groom’s father died, and the wedding was pushed off by shiva. The hall was booked for several weeks after shiva, and so the wedding was held elsewhere. Pl wants his deposit returned since he was not able to benefit from the reservation through no fault of his own. Def responds that since they were unable to find an alternative use of the hall, they should not have to lose under the circumstances.
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).