Shabbat Parashat Shemini| 5771
Shemini | 20 Adar Beit 5771 | 26/03/2011
A powerful mix of positive and negative emotions rushed over Bnei Yisrael on the eighth day of the inauguration of the Mishkan. Moshe assured the people that this was the day when Hashem would appear to them with His glory (Vayikra 9:4), as the culmination and indeed the raison d’être of the construction of the Mishkan (Shemot 25:8). The hopeful wait was not easy, as the construction process was followed by seven days when Moshe did the right service, while the shechina (Divine Presence) did not yet appear.
We have a minyan of exactly ten men during the week, and everyone is committed to coming every day. Recently a tzaddik came to town, and three people went to daven with him, leaving us without a minyan. There are many shuls in town, but we are trying to keep our shul going and hope it will grow. Was it right for our members to leave us without a minyan?
Rav Zutra bar Tuvia said in the name of Rav: From where do you know that one makes blessings on good smells? It is from the pasuk, “All of the soul shall praise Hashem, may Hashem be praised” (Tehillim 150:6). What is it that the soul has benefit from and the body does not? It is from a good smell.
The defendant (=def) worked for an organization (=pl) and, after being terminated, sued for back pay and severance pay in the (secular) labor court and won the amount due along with interest payments and large fines for withholding pay. Subsequently, def went to hotza’ah lapo’al (=holp - the special semi-court that administers the payment of court-recognized debts) to extract the money, a process that is accompanied by ever-growing penalty and expense payments, including the selling at unfairly low prices of the debtor’s assets. Pl sued def in beit din to have def stop the process and disallow the extra payments. Def responds that since pl cooperated with the process, they cannot, after losing, decide to take the matter to beit din.
Nachum Eliezer Ra'anan
ben Chayim HaCohen
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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).