Shabbat Parashat Devarim | 5769
Devarim | 4 Av 5769 | 7/25/2009
In this week’s parasha, Moshe recounts some of the major events that transpired during Bnei Yisrael’s stay in the desert, including the sending of the spies. There are differences between Moshe’s presentation of the events (in Sefer Devarim) and the narrative’s (in Sefer Bamidbar), when the event took place. The most famous one is that Moshe relates the initiative for the mission to the people (Devarim (1: 22-23), whereas Hashem (in Bamidbar 13: 1-3) presents it as His idea. What actually happened?
We are doing remodeling work on our kitchen. My wife ordered and signed a contract for work to be done on cabinets and other things that is supposed to start on July 15. May work continue during the Nine Days [before and including Tisha B’Av] or must it be stopped?
He saw that he was dragging out [the saying of the word “echad” in Kri’at Shema] to an extreme. He said to him: “Since you have declared His kingship above, below, and to the four directions of the Heaven, you do not need to do any more.”
In general, when an object is damaged or disappears under the watch of a shomer, if it occurred due to an oness (extenuating circumstances) all types of shomrim except for a sho’el (borrower) are exempt. The gemara (Bava Metzia 42a) deals with the case of a shomer who put a sum of money and in a wooden structure so that the money was well protected against thieves but not against fire. Because of the possibility of fire, the shomer was guilty of p’shi’ah, which could obligate him to pay. Instead of fire destroying the money, thieves stole it. The gemara brings an opinion (which we accept) that the shomer must pay because in a case techilato b’p’shi’ah v’sofo b’oness (=tbpvsb) (the makings of negligence that end up with damage of oness), one is obligated.
Hemdat HaDaf HaYomi: Obligation to Pay "Latzet Yedei Shamayim"(to fulfill one's obligation toward Heaven)This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara deals with the prohibition of preventing an animal from eating while it is working. This prohibition states, that if the animal is doing work which involves something edible, one may not keep it muzzled but must instead allow the animal to eat. The punishment for transgressing this prohibition, as for most prohibitions, is lashes. What happens if one rented an animal and kept it muzzled while working with it?
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.
Hemdat Yamim of this week
is dedicated in memory of
Yitzchak Eizik ben Yehuda Leib a"h,
whose Yahrtzeit is the 29th of Av
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).