Shabbat Parashat Vayeishev 5778
Vayeishev | 21 Kislev 5778 | 12/9/2017
Are the miracles of Chanuka relevant in our generation? The answer is: more than ever. Let us start with this week’s parasha. Yosef’s sale into slavery, taking him from Eretz Yisrael to Egypt, could be described as the beginning of a period of exile – a long, painful path stemming from a loss of independence.
How can one tell when his tefillin shel rosh needs adjustment?
[If Shlomo did not sin, then] what does it mean that “It was when Shlomo grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods” (Melachim I, 11:3)? It is as Rav Natan said, as he brought a contradiction between the above and “His heart was not like that of his father David” (ibid.), which implies that he did not actually sin. The explanation is that they turned his heart toward following other gods, but he did not follow.
The plaintiff (=pl) bought an apartment in 1994. He and the seller used the defendant (=def) as a lawyer, and def is referenced in the sales contract. In 2007, def’s office, in an effort to clear space, sent pl and many others their files. In 2014, the seller informed a startled def that he just found out that the apartment is still in the seller’s name; it later surfaced that the tax authorities had also not been notified. After a meeting between def and pl, whose details are quite disputed, def did not take responsibility to complete what was missing. The tax authority demanded 44,000 shekels, most of which was due to very late payment. Pl had a new lawyer finish the processes and negotiate a reduction of late payment (to 7,166 shekels). The new lawyer is charging a total of 7,700 shekels for his services, and pl is suing def to pay for both fees that became needed due to his negligence. Def responds that he had indications that pl had not paid and there is no old record of payment, and so he was not responsible to finish the legal processes. The contract anyway says it is the parties’ obligation to ensure the processes are finished. Def also wants to invoke the statute of limitations, which has long passed.
We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:
David Chaim ben Rassa
Lillian bat Fortune
Yafa bat Rachel Yente
Eliezer Yosef ben Chana Liba
Yehoshafat Yecheskel ben Milka
Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra
Together with all cholei Yisrael
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of:
for our homeland
and Members of
Eretz Hemdah's Amutah
Tishrei 9 5776
Rav Carmel's father
Iyar 8 5776
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
Tamuz 10 5774
Kislev 9 5769
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
Rav Benzion Grossman z"l
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).