Shabbat Rosh Hashana | 5770
Rosh Hashana | 1 Tishrei 5770 | 9/19/2009
This Rosh Hashana, we will be without the mitzva from the Torah that is so central to the experience of the day, the blowing of the shofar. Not only do we miss the opportunity to do a mitzva, but it also makes us somewhat apprehensive going into our judgment without the protection it provides. How are we supposed to feel about missing the shofar?
After finishing blowing or hearing shofar blowing on Rosh Hashana, is the shofar muktzeh from that point on?
These nine [berachot of the Amida] of Rosh Hashana correspond to what? Rabbi Yitzchak from Kartignin said: They correspond to the nine references to Hashem that Chana said in her prayers, as it was said: It was on Rosh Hashana that Sarah, Rachel, and Chana were remembered [with the children they prayed for].
The interplay between the laws of the Torah and those of the civil government can be ground for tension and disagreement due to their differences. We will concentrate on municipal regulations in regard to people’s rights to build, specifically, the law that neighbors must agree to the building expansion even when the building plan does not violate any halachic limitations.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, we begin to learn the third chapter of Baba Batra, which discusses when a person attains a chazaka on real-estate. A chazaka is a form of proof of ownership on an item. Regarding movable objects, the assumption is that the one holding them is the owner, even if someone else was previously known to be the owner. However, regarding real-estate, the opposite is true: the original owner is assumed to be the true owner, even if someone else is currently using the property. Therefore, if the person currently using the property claims to have bought it, he must show the shtar (purchase deed) as proof.
With great sorrow we inform the passing of
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).