Shabbat Parashat Korach 5771
Korach | 23 Sivan 5771 | 6/25/2011
Korach posited: “For the entire nation is holy” (Bamidbar 16:3). The Jewish outlook is that unity emanates from the fact that we all share one Father. However, the outlook is not complete if one does not recognize that there are levels of status that Hashem placed into the world. Without that, the world is a confused mixture of creations with different natures, and, instead of having unity, one disturbs the other.
I learned that a hot water kettle is either milchig or fleishig. In other words, once one pours from it into a milchig kli (utensil) it may no longer be used to pour into a fleishig kli. Could you please remind me of this halacha’s source?
How do we know that the one who answers “amen” should not raise his voice above that of the one who made the beracha? It is from the pasuk, “Declare Hashem’s greatness with me, and we will extol Him together” (Tehillim 34:4).
A father has an obligation to support his children after the age of six at least as an obligatory form of tzedaka, and giving to his children who are in need has precedence over supporting people who are further removed (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 251:3). The Rashba (cited in Beit Yosef, YD 151) says that he can be forced before we ask the tzedaka disbursers to give them. The Maharach Algazi posits that even one who is not wealthy enough to be expected to give large amounts of tzedaka might be wealthy enough to have to support his children before communal funds are used.
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