Shabbat Parashat Miketz| 5771
Miketz | 27 Kislev 5771 | 12/4/2010
One of the most famous questions on the stories of Chumash is why Yosef put his brothers through the mental anguish of not knowing whether this powerful leader would kill them or spare them and why delay informing Yaakov that his dear son was still alive and well. The most famous answers are along the lines that Yosef felt a need to have the dreams carried out, as this was his prophecy of sorts to fulfill, or that the brothers needed to have atonement for their horrible sin.
I know that some people have begun being careful to daven Mincha before lighting Chanuka candles on Erev Shabbat, but shuls continue to have minyanim at the regular time as if it is not a requirement. Should one or should he not daven Mincha first?
There are three things regarding which a large quantity is damaging and a small amount is good: sourdough, salt, and obstinacy. Rav Kook apparently understood that the significance of this statement is specifically in regard to obstinacy, whereas the sourdough and salt serve to help define the context of the obstinacy, as we will see...
The plaintiff (=pl) signed a memorandum of understanding with the defendant (=def) for the latter to build an aron kodesh. The price of 22,800 shekels was to include assembly and V.A.T. (Value Added Tax= Ma’am - the Israeli sales tax). After the work was done and the money paid, pl requested a detailed receipt, including for the V.A.T paid. Def responded that there was no V.A.T. payment because the workshop belongs to a non-profit organization, which is exempt...
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).