Shabbat Parashat R'ei 5771
R'ei | 27 Av 5771 | 8/27/2011
“The blessing – that you will listen” (Devarim 11:27). The way in which this pasuk is written indicates that the blessing is not something external that comes if we listen to Hashem’s commands of us found in the Torah. Rather, the main blessing is the listening itself. If a person actually realizes this, he is very fortunate, because then his whole life turns into a Garden of Eden.
I (an Ashkenazi) accidentally cooked meat in the pan I use for pareve eggs. Can I still use the pan for pareve eggs I plan to eat at a milchig meal?
King Yannai and his wife were sitting and eating bread together. Since he had killed out the Rabbis, he didn’t have anyone to recite Birkat Hamazon for him. Yannai asked his wife: “Who will provide us a man who can make the beracha for us?” She said to him: “Swear to me that if I bring you a man, you will not torment him.” He swore, and she brought Shimon ben Shetach, her brother. The king placed him in between the king and the queen and said to Shimon: “Do you see how much honor I am giving you?” Simon answered: “It is not you who is giving me honor but the Torah, as the pasuk (Mishlei 4:7) says: ‘Caress it, and it will elevate you; it will bring you honor when you embrace it.’” Yannai said [to the queen: “You see that [the Rabbis] do not accept authority.” They presented Shimon ben Shetach with a cup of wine over which to recite Birkat Hamazon. He said: “What am I supposed to say in the beracha: ‘Blessed is He from whom Yannai and his friends ate’?” He drank that cup of wine and then they brought out another cup upon which to recite [Birkat Hamazon].
A husband (=def) left his wife (=pl) and is living with another woman. He wants to give pl a get but she refuses it (which Rabbeinu Gershom enables her to do) and wants him to return. Since def has abandoned her, pl wants to receive her ketuba, claiming that abandonment is equivalent to divorce.
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