Shabbat Parashat Toldot 5774
Toldot | 29 Cheshvan 5774 | 11/2/2013
How could Eisav have succeeded in fooling his father to think he was worthy of blessings? Considering the strong indications that Eisav’s respect for his father was genuine, as was his regard for the power of Yitzchak’s blessings, it is surprising that we consider him such a wicked man. It also doesn’t seem to make sense that a son of Yitzchak and Rivka would be fully evil.
I am a member of YU’s a cappella group, The Maccabeats. We recently made a clip of the zemer Dror Yikra, in which we use Kiddush cups, hands, and table as a means to create a beat. Someone suggested we are encouraging a forbidden action on Shabbat: using an instrument to produce music. Is it forbidden on Shabbat, and are we responsible for a viewer’s possible halachic mistake?
“Hasket (literally, listen) and hear, Israel” (Devarim 27:9). Smash yourselves (kitetu) over words of Torah, as Reish Lakish said: How do we know that the words of Torah are preserved only in one who “kills himself” over it? It is as the pasuk says: “This is the Torah – should a person die in a tent” (Bamidbar 19:14).
An Israeli family moved to Europe, leaving a home in Tel Aviv. The couple quarreled, and the wife (=pl) left with the children and is now in Tel Aviv. The wife is suing the husband (=def) in Israel for support, but he is willing to adjudicate only in a beit din in his city due to the trip’s expense and the danger to his job. Pl claims that since pl and def are Israeli citizens, their case should be heard in Israel and that since the local beit din is not a government court, its decisions are not enforceable.
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