Shabbat Parashat Shemini | 5769
Shemini | 24 Nisan 5769 | 18/04/2009
Before the Mishkan began normal operation, Aharon and Bnei Yisrael were commanded to bring special korbanot. Aharon had to bring a calf as a chatat (sin offering) (Vayikra 9:2). Bnei Yisrael had to bring a goat as a chatat in addition to a calf (ibid.:3). The midrash (Sifra, Shemini 1) relates the following exchange between Moshe and Aharon. Moshe told him the calf was needed for atonement for his part in the sin of the Golden Calf. Bnei Yisrael required not only atonement for the calf but also for that which the goat represents, the selling of Yosef, which was concealed when the brothers dipped his coat in goat blood.
I spent time in Hong Kong in the fall of 2007 and, planning to return the next summer, I left some things there, including a bottle of scotch. I forgot about it until I returned in May 2008. Is it chametz she’avar alav haPesach (=chshaalhap; chametz owned by a Jew over Pesach)? While I did not include it in my mechirat (sale of) chametz, did my bitul (nullification of) chametz help?
What [did Chizkiya] mean by saying: “I did that which was good in Your eyes”? Rav Yehuda said in Rav’s name: he put liberation next to prayer. Rabbi Levi said: he buried the book of medical remedies.
A student was expelled from a yeshiva (=def) soon after the year’s half-way point for failure to attend classes and davening consistently, after he and his father (=pl) were warned. Pl wants the yeshiva to return the year’s tuition, as they did failed in teaching his son, or at least for the half year after he was expelled. Def responds that the contract stated that tuition would not be returned if the student left and that at an established yeshiva which uses this clause applies it even if a student is kicked out. Def did not fail in teaching the student, who is to blame for insufficient effort.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is
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).