Shabbat Parashat Yitro | 5770
Yitro | 22 Shevat 5770 | 2/6/2010
At the center of Parashat Yitro is the story of the giving of the Torah, which changed the history of the world and transformed Bnei Yisrael into the am segula (roughly, the chosen nation). “If you listen to My voice and guard My covenant, you shall be for Me a segula from all of the nations, for all the land is Mine” (Shemot 19:5).
My infant has conjunctivitis. A pediatrician I saw in shul on Shabbat morning suggested expressing mother’s milk directly into the eye over standard eye drops (although he was totally fine with either system or beginning treatment at night). Is that permitted on Shabbat? [Ed. note- this was answered orally on Shabbat and transcribed afterward.]
One who finds sha’atnez in his clothing should remove the clothing even in the market place. What is the reason? “There is no knowledge and no wisdom and no ideas against Hashem” (Mishlei 21:30). Wherever there is a desecration of Hashem’s name, we do not give honor to the master.
We have discussed the culpability of people who gave bad financial advice, seeing the distinctions in their levels of proficiency in the field at hand and the matter of whether they were paid for their services (which makes one more culpable). The rules, though, are somewhat different regarding medical mistakes (malpractice, as we call it).
This week in the Daf Hayomi we are learning the Halachot of shtarot. One type of shtar that is mentioned in the Mishna (167b) is a "shtar berurin." The Mishna states that a shtar berurin can be written only with the agreement of both sides. The Gemara (168a) offers two explanations as to what the role of this shtar is. One explanation is that it is a shtar in which the claims of both litigants are recorded. According to this, the claims of the litigants cannot be written without their agreement. We will try to explain what the significance of writing down the claims is.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in memory of
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).