Shabbat Parashat Terumah | 5768
| 3 Adar I 5768 | 2/9/2008
During these days, when the future of the site of and around the Beit Hamikdash hangs in the balance and our enemies and the world at large want to see us leave it, it is important to clarify our connection to it. We must raise the value we place on the “good mountain and the Lebanon,” which we pray will be built soon, by learning about it and in other ways.
Can one fulfill the mitzva of tosefet Shabbat (extending Shabbat) by deciding a few minutes before that she is accepting Shabbat?
[Last time we raised the question if one’s permission to delay burial is valid (to not bury is not).] The Radvaz (I, 313) says that the mitzva to bury on the same day applies only to those who were executed; others must be buried but not necessarily on the same day. The logic is that one might die near nightfall, making it impossible to bury him in time, whereas beit din can plan things so that the burial of one who is executed can take place the same day. While this position fits the Rambam’s wording in Mishneh Torah, in the Sefer Hamitzvot he says that bal talin (delaying burial) applies to all. The Radvaz apparently believed that the Rambam changed his mind and that his two positions correspond to two opinions in the gemara on whether or not we learn from “you shall certainly bury him” that all deceased people should be buried right away.
The plaintiff (=pl) rented an apartment to the defendant (=def). When the contract was signed, def gave pl checks for the entire rental period. However, before handing over the contract, pl demanded a security deposit and refused to hand over keys to the apartment, prompting def to back out of the whole agreement. Pl demands that the agreement should stand.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, 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).