Shabbat Parashat Devarim| 5768
Devarim | 8 Av 5768 | 8/9/2008
Sefer Bamidbar ends with the pasuk: “These are the laws and the statutes that Hashem commanded Moshe to Bnei Yisrael…” We might have thought that at this juncture, with Bnei Yisrael about to enter Eretz Yisrael, the Torah would be complete. However, the Lawgiver gave us an “additional” chumash, Sefer Devarim, during the last month of the last year in the desert.
Could you please explain how to handle the transition from Shabbat into Tisha B’Av (which falls on Motza’ei Shabbat) regarding Seuda Shlishit, Havdalah and removing shoes?
Rav Yitzchak bar Shmuel said in the name of Rav: There are three mishmarot (“watches”= sections of time) to the night, and for every mishmar Hashem sits and roars like a lion, and says: “Woe on the sons that because of their sins I destroyed My house and burnt My hall and exiled My sons among the idol worshippers.
Fundamentally, a worker who is unable to show up to work due to a cause that was unexpected to both sides loses his salary (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 334:1). However, sometimes the ruling differs, if the preventing factor is of a general nature (i.e., affect many people).
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
Yitzchak Eizik Ben Yehuda Leib a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the
29th of Av
as well as
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory 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).