Shabbat Parashat Beshalach 5778
Beshalach | 11 Shevat 5778 | 1/27/2018
Last time we started discussion of the apparent contradiction between the depictions of the exile in Egypt as 400 or 430 years and the indications that it was only 210 years. This condensed piece finishes our discussion. The Rashbam understands the pasuk (Shemot 12:40) as referring to the inhabitance of Bnei Yisrael in Egypt finishing a period of 430 years that began with Brit Bein Habetarim. It did not mean that the whole period had to do with Egypt. The Alshich arrives at a novel explanation based on the fact that the pasuk refers to Mitzrayim and not Eretz Mitzrayim. He says that Mitzrayim does not refer only to Egypt but to all different types of difficulties, based on the etymological associations of the word. The Malbim picked up on the fact the pasuk refers to the exodus of “all the bands of Hashem” and says that since there were heavenly beings that were with Bnei Yisrael in Egypt and since Bnei Yisrael were worked day and night, the time that they needed to stay in Egypt only needed to be, from a calendar perspective, half of the 430 mentioned by the pasuk.
May I use a salad slicer (approximately, a hand-operated food processor) on Shabbat?
Rav was told: A great and tall man, who limps and teaches that it is permitted to wear a crown, has come. Rav said: Who is a great and tall man who limps? Levi. It is clear, then, that Rabbi Affes has died, Rav Chanina has taken on the role of the head of the central rabbinical academy, so that Levi had no one to study with and came here. Maybe Rav Chanina died, Rabbi Affes remained as he was, and Levi had no one to sit with, and therefore he came here? If Rav Chanina would have died, Levi would have made himself subservient to Rabbi Affes.
The plaintiff (=pl) sold his house. The final payment consisted of four checks, including a transferable one for 21,000 shekels that the buyer had received from the defendant (=def), a construction-related company. Pl lost the checks, reported it to the police, and called all those who wrote the checks to tell them to cancel them. Def does not accuse pl of lying, and the check was not cashed in the bank. However, sometimes def pays cash to those who hold their checks, and it is therefore possible that they already gave money to someone who presented the check. (There was disagreement as to whether def found out the check was lost within a day or more than a week after it was lost.) Therefore, even though pl is willing to provide guarantees in case someone who finds the check will cash it, def still does not want to pay pl the 21,000 shekels.
We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:
Rivka Reena bat Gruna Natna
David Chaim ben Rassa
Lillian bat Fortune
Yafa bat Rachel Yente
Eliezer Yosef ben Chana Liba
Yehoshafat Yecheskel ben Milka
Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra
Together with all cholei Yisrael
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of:
for our homeland
and Members of
Eretz Hemdah's Amutah
Tishrei 9 5776
Rav Carmel's father
Iyar 8 5776
bat R’ Moshe Zev a”h.
Tamuz 10 5774
Kislev 9 5769
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l
Chana bat Yaish & Simcha
Sara Rivka bat Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z"t
15 Tevet 5768
Her smile and warmth are sorely missed. Rav Benzion Grossman z"l
Her smile and warmth are sorely missed.
Rav Benzion Grossman z"l
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).