Shabbat Parashat Bereishit l 5767
Bereishit | | 16/02/2007
After going through the High Holy Days period when we were involved in the process of teshuva (repentance), it is still appropriate to view the topic from its roots, in our parasha. Chazal tell us that teshuva predated the world, as the pasuk says: “Before mountains were created … you said: ‘Repent, sons of man’” (Tehillim 90: 2-3).
As a sports fan, I was wondering whether Shawn Green, or any other Jewish baseball player, can play a game without violating Shabbat?
The last mishna in Kiddushin mentions that the forefathers kept the laws of the Torah before they were given. Rav also repeated this concept in Yoma 28. On this, the Makneh asks how Avraham could marry Hagar, as she was a first generation Egyptian (see Devarim 23:9). He suggests an answer that the prohibition is only to marry an Egyptian through formal kiddushin, whereas Hagar was only a pilegesh (concubine). This works out according to the Rambam that a pilegesh does not have kiddushin.
The plaintiff has a kosher restaurant in New York, which has a registered corporate name in New York. Subsequently, the defendant opened a restaurant with the same name in Israel. The plaintiff claims that the defendant’s use of the name he chose for his restaurant causes him damage. Customers are likely to think that the two stores form a chain. Since the plaintiff cannot control the quality of the defendant’s restaurant, he claims that he has the right to be concerned that his reputation and business will be hurt by the defendant.
This edition 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).