Shabbat Parashat Toldot| 5763
Toldot | | 1/13/2002
One of the most vexing questions regarding the tricky way which Ya’akov received his father’s blessing involves Rivka’s behavior. We understand that she had a prophesy that Ya’akov must be the dominant carrier of the family legacy and deserved the blessing. What is hard to understand is why she couldn’t confront Yitzchak and invoke Hashem’s word to correct his view on the matter.
Those who are not able to testify on monetary issues because of g’zeirat hakatuv (Divine decree) are able to testify about the death of a man to allow his wife to remarry. Those who are not believed for fear of incorrect testimony are believed under certain circumstances.
While, traditionally, a doctor was quite limited regarding the services for which he could charge a fee (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 336:2), there is a possibility to say that nowadays he has more leeway. The gemara (Kiddushin 58b) brings an apparent contradiction regarding the question whether the workers involved in the para adumah purification process may receive a salary.