Shabbat Parashat Vayeishev | 5770
Vayeishev | 25 Kislev 5770 | 12/12/2009
“He [Yaakov] said to him [Yosef]: Go now and observe the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and return me davar (a report), and he sent him from the valley of Chevron, and he came to Shechem” (Bereishit 37:14). Yaakov’s use of Yosef as a messenger service was strange considering not only the hatred Yosef’s brothers had for him but also the hatred for the family in the Shechem area, where Shimon and Levi had carried out a slaughter.
I always forget whether on Motzaei Shabbat of Chanuka, we are supposed to light the Chanuka candles before or after Havdala.
Ein Ayah: Perceptions of Life after Death for the Righteous and Others; The Legacy of the Righteous that Continues Thorugh Their Children“For the living know that they will die” (Kohelet 9:5) – this is referring to tzaddikim (righteous people), who, in their death, are called living.
There are distressing scenes from time to time, when a company is in great debt and its few remaining assets will not suffice to pay all of the creditors, people who entrusted the company with hard-earned money, which can be lost forever. We saw such a case regarding many hundreds of people who paid the Heftziba building company for homes whose construction may never be completed. Some of them decided to take unilateral steps and squat in company-owned apartments, in lieu of the home they were to receive. Does such an action work or in any way improve the legal status of the creditor in relation to other creditors who did not take active physical steps?
This week in the Daf Yomi we begin the chapter Yesh Nochlin, which deals with the laws of inheritance. The Gemara states that the distribution of an inheritance is considered to be an act of judgment, and the procedures of judging monetary cases apply. The Gemara mentions two ramifications to this. One is that three judges are required, and the second is that it must be done during daylight.
This week’s Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
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).