Shabbat Parashat Tzav | 5768
Tzav | 15 Adar II 5768 | 22/03/2008
The parasha begins with Hashem telling Moshe to command (tzav) Aharon and sons about the laws of the olah (burnt offering). However, instead of detailing the korban’s laws, the Torah mentions only the fact that the animal’s body remained on the mizbeach all night and that one would remove ashes in the morning. Rashi cites Chazal’s statement that the strong word tzav is used when there is a prospect of loss of money, which people have trouble overcoming. Why were the kohanim so charged, considering that they did only the service but did not pay for the korban?
How should teens be treated regarding different kibudim (honors) in shul? In some shuls, they receive only “less desirable” kibudim like peticha and gelila.
Contradictions Between Torah and Exact Sciences Are Impossible Hamadah V’Hadat, ch. 2 (Dr. Y. R. Holtzberg) The concept of “proof” is known, but not everyone recognizes the simple definition of the concept and the conclusions that emanate from it. Proof is affirming a statement by means of other statements accepted as truths. In order to prove the other statements, yet other statements are needed and so on. At the end of the chain are statements whose truth we accept as givens without proof; we call these axioms. From a certain set of axioms, for example, the scientific basis of geometry is set, and such a set of axioms is necessary for every field
Who Pays for Damages That a Hired Driver Causes to a Third Party (based on Halacha Psuka, vol. 40, condensation of a p’sak of Beit Din Gazit, Tzfat)The plaintiff (=pl) at times drives a vehicle for the defendant (=def ). Once he caused an accident, for which he was charged for both a criminal violation and a monetary suit for damages. He was offered a plea bargain according to which, he would admit fault in the monetary case and be spared of the criminal claim. Pl demands that def reimburse him because def did not tell him that he wasn’t insured for third party damages as is customary. Def responds that it is sufficient that he had the minimum insurance and that, in any case, pl may not make an admission to def’s detriment just to protect pl from criminal prosecution.
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).