Shabbat Parashat Tazria Metzora| 5770
Tazria | 3 Iyar 5770 | 4/17/2010
“This is the Torah of the metzora” (approximately, the leper) (Vayikra 14:2). The language indicates that the leper, who is expected to be one who speaks lashon hara (negative speech about others), is one who violates all of the five books of the Torah (Vayikra Rabba 16:6).
I give a handyman a lot of work and pay him at a generous hourly rate, trusting him to report the hours. It has now come to my attention that he charges me for things that I do not think are right. This includes the time he spends asking experts how to do things and the time and “wear and tear” on the car when he picks up things for me. I told him that I thought those things, which are not his work itself should be on his account, yet he keeps on charging me. Can he do that after I told him that he should not be charging?
The guard to the entrance of the beit midrash (study hall) was removed, and permission was given to students to enter, for Rabban Gamliel would announce: “Whoever’s inside is not like his outside should not enter the beit midrash”…. On that day, they studied Eidiyot (Testimonies).
The plaintiff (=pl) rented an apartment to the defendant (=def) and later extended the rental for about a year. The two agreed that def could leave early and end the contract, but they differ if that was conditional on pl finding a renter to take over.
This week in the Daf Hayomi, the Gemara deals with the halachot of idolatry. Amongst the halachot mentioned in the Gemara (63b) is the prohibition to enter into a partnership with an idol worshiper. The reason for this is that, in partnerships, it is common that one partner is suspicious of the other, and the other partner is required to swear to clear the suspicion.
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).