Shabbat Parashat Noach | 5768
Noach | 1 Cheshvan 5768 | 12/5/2007
After months of a harrowing experience inside the ark, Noach dared to open the ark’s window and try to check whether it was time to prepare to exit the ark. After the raven’s failure, he sent the dove out three times to scout out the situation on the ground (or was it still the water?). There were periods of seven days in between attempts. In describing these periods, the Torah writes: “Vayachelanother seven days” and a similar “Vayiyachelanother seven days” (Bereishit 8:10-12) [major part of root is bolded].
Case: A couple in the process of divorce dispute the relative ownership of their home. The wife’s family gave most of the money for the purchase, but the funds were first placed into a joint bank account. In the Tabu (the Land Registry) the husband and wife are listed as joint owners.
The mishna (Pesachim 50a) says that one should conform to the local minhag on the question of whether to refrain from work on Erev Pesach. The mishna continues that one who goes from one place to another must conform to the stringent practices of both locations.