Shabbat Parashat Bamidbar| 5768
Bamidbar | 26 Iyar 5768 | 5/31/2008
In this week’s haftara, Hoshea makes a deep, elusive statement: “The Sons of Judah and the Sons of Israel will gather together and appoint one head and go up from the Land, for the day of Jezre’el is great” (Hoshea 2:2). R. Yochanan attributes the great day to the ingathering of exiles (Pesachim 87b-88a). Rashi identifies the head as King David, and the Radak as Mashiach.
Question: My friend borrowed chairs for a Purim seuda. One of his “happy” guests jumped on a chair and broke it. Does one have to pay for damages he makes during mitzva-sanctioned reveling?
We saw last time that there is a machloket among the Tannaim on whether a non-Jew has a kinyan (ability to acquire) Eretz Yisrael in regard to removing the kedusha that enables the obligation of terumot and ma’asrot to take effect.
Case: The plaintiff (=pl) was hired to rent hotel rooms and organize an English language program at a hotel (=def) for a certain season for a base salary of $12,000 for 500 guests and a bonus for additional guests. The contract required pl to work a day and a half a week at the hotel offices and required def not to rent rooms independent of what pl brought in until a certain date. Pl did not work in the hotel offices and appeared to be behind schedule in finding guests. Def started renting rooms before the date they were supposed to and, at a certain point, informed pl that their deal was void. Nevertheless, the relationship went on, and pl ran a program for more than 500 guests, some of whom he solicited and some whom he did not. Pl demands payment of the full base salary.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated in loving memory of
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, 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).