Shabbat Parashat Chukat 5772
Chukat | 10 Tamuz 5772 | 6/30/2012
How does Hashem describe Moshe’s failing, for which he was not allowed to enter the Land? “Since you did not believe in Me to sanctify Me before the eyes of Bnei Yisrael, therefore you will not bring this congregation into the Land that I gave to them” (Bamidbar 20:12). We see that the giant among giants did not stumble by violating an actual sin. Rather, Moshe’s failure to reach the level of kiddush Hashem that was expected of someone of his stature prevented him from entering the Land.
What are the rules in regard to teaching children how to observe mitzvot? For example, can Barchu, Kedusha and Kaddish be recited when children who are not yet bar mitzva daven together?
“The royal baker saw that he [Yosef] had interpreted the dream well” (Bereishit 40:16). How did he know? Rabbi Elazar said: This teaches us that They [the Heavens] showed each one his own dream and the interpretation of his friend’s dream.
The defendant (=def) photographs weddings and events. A few years ago he sought to expand his business and offered the plaintiff (=pl), a beginner photographer, to be a manager and partner, on condition of pl’s commitment not to compete with him in the future. Pl refused but did start working for def as a hired photographer. Months later, def again asked pl to be his partner, and they started the arrangement on a trial basis. Over the next two years, pl played a dominant role in the business, especially in terms of dealings with clients and suppliers. The relationship soured when def bought, against pl’s advice, expensive equipment that complicated the work, and soon thereafter pl started working on his own. Def lost money and closed the business, blaming pl’s competition in a saturated market. Pl is suing def for pay that was due to him from the time he worked with def, and def is counter-suing, claiming that money pl received was based on false pretenses, as pl had committed not to compete with def. Pl said that the second time the matter of not competing did not come up, whereas def is sure it did and says that anyway it was clear from the past that this was a condition of his. Def also claims that as a partner in the business, pl should assume some of the business’ losses.
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