Shabbat Parashat Matot Masei 5773
Matot | 28 Tamuz 5773 | 7/6/2013
The tribes of Reuven and Gad said: “We will build pens for our livestock here [east of the Jordan] and cities for our children” (Bamidbar 32:16). Moshe responded: “Build cities for your children and pens for your livestock, and that which comes out of your mouth you shall do” (ibid. 24).
I work for a Jewish institution doing important work with Jewish groups from a range of religious and political affiliations. There are periodic Shabbatons (of sorts), which provide positive religious exposure for many participants who need it, although that is not the organizer’s main interest. My boss told me I can report and receive pay for “overtime hours” over Shabbat. Is it permitted to do so? A negative ruling may encourage them to mold the pay arrangement to obviate the problem.
He expounded on the pasuk (Divrei Hayamim I 29:11): “To you, Hashem, are the greatness, the strength, the grandeur, the eternity, and the glory.” “To you, Hashem, is the greatness” – this refers to creation. And so the pasuk says (Iyov 9:10): “He does great things to the point that it cannot be investigated.”
The plaintiff (=pl) is a non-profit organization that provides an important service for certain Israeli communities. Def, an acquaintance of one of pl’s leaders, had a connection with a certain community that was serviced by pl. Pl claims that the community did not meet their normal criteria, and pl provided the service (costing $30,750) only because def promised to raise (or donate) a large portion to cover the costs. Def claims that he did not ask pl to provide the service to the community but that in response to pl’s request that he raise money for the project, he had promised to try. Def says that he has only limited contacts he could ask for donations for pl, which he exhausted, and he never obligated himself to do more than that.
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