Shabbat Parashat Korach | 5769
Korach | 28 Sivan 5769 | 20/06/2009
Our parasha and haftara deal with leaders who are great role models: Moshe, Aharon, and Shmuel. The psalmist praises them as a threesome: “Moshe and Aharon with his priests and Shmuel with those who call out in His Name; they call out to Hashem, and He answers them” (Tehillim 99:6). Let’s focus on the siyata dishmaya (Divine Assistance) they received when calling out to Hashem, something that made them unique leaders.
If I eat half a k’zayit of a food that gets a Me’ein Shalosh (the long beracha acharona that summarizes Birkat Hamazon; it is often called Al Hamichya, for one of its possible openings) and half a k’zayit of a food that gets Borei Nefashot, what beracha acharona do I make, if any?
[At the time of Mashiach we will mention the exodus from Egypt but less prominently than we will discuss the end of enslavement to the kingdoms.] Similarly, when the Torah says: “Your name will no longer be called Yaakov, but rather your name will be Yisrael” (Bereishit 35:10), this does not mean that the name Yaakov will be uprooted, but that Yisrael will be the main name and Yaakov will be secondary to it.
The plaintiff (=pl) rented a house from the defendant (=def). Later the two negotiated pl’s purchase of the house. Pl claims that they agreed on terms; he admits that no contract or letter of intent was signed. Subsequently, def decided not to sell the house and raised the rent after the rental period ended. Pl wants the sale upheld and, if not, that def pay for damages, as he lost the chance to buy other homes that have since gone up in price. Def denies there was ever a firm agreement on such a sale. Also, pl was supposed to have vacated the premises at the end of the rental period, and thus, based on a clause in the rental agreement, pl is to pay $50 a day for not vacating the house.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara deals primarily with the prohibition of ona'ah. Ona'ah is a prohibition against buying or selling an object not at its market price. The Gemara (61a) understands ona'ah to be a form of theft. The reason for this is that a sale is considered a deal in which the buyer gives the seller the value of the object he is selling. Thus, if the buyer receives a price higher than the market price of the object, he is stealing from the buyer the difference, because he didn't give the buyer an object of matching value. Likewise, if the buyer paid less then the price of object, he is stealing that part of the value of the object for which he did not pay.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
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).