Shabbat Parashat Behar Bechukotai | 5769
Behar | 22 Iyar 5769 | 5/16/2009
The Torah commands many times to give special treatment and love to gerim (converts). Many instances apply even to a ger toshav, for example in our parasha: “If your brother’s status is lowered and his means of support falter, you shall strengthen him, whether he is a convert or a resident (toshav) and lives among you” (Vayikra 25:35). Who is this toshav? Rashi explains: “It is someone who has accepted upon himself not to worship idols, yet he still eats neveilot (improperly slaughtered animals).”
I have seen many customs for bentching after zimun: 1) everyone bentches to himself; 2) the mezamen does the beginning out loud; 3) he waits for people to finish before saying beracha endings out loud so that people answer amen. What are the issues and what is the proper method?
One who prays should place his legs together, as the pasuk says: “Their legs were a straight leg” [a pasuk referring to angels that the prophet saw] (Yechezkel 1:7).
The plaintiff (=pl) ran a private nursery in a yishuv (=def). Pl had a worker (=#3) who also ran a crafts club on the yishuv. #3 suggested to pl to order supplies based on a budget def promised for her club’s supplies, with remaining funds going to her club. Pl acquired supplies, two thirds of which went for the nursery. Pl wants def to reimburse her as #3 promised, saying that she wouldn’t have bought the extra supplies from her own funds. Def responds that #3 was not authorized to share her budget. However, since there were good intentions, def agreed to pay for two thirds of the promised budget, with pl and #3 carrying the other third. After paying its share and pl’s refusal to pay the other third, def now wants to recover the two thirds.
This week in the Daf Hayomi (17a), the Gemara states that one cannot reuse a shtar, whose debt was already paid off, for a new loan. The Gemara explains that if the new loan is being given at a date later then the one written in the shtar, it is obvious that one cannot reuse the shtar. The problem with this is, as we explained last week, a loan with a shtar creates a lien on the real-estate of the borrower, and if he sells land, the lender can collect it from the buyer to pay off the debt.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
Leiser Presser ben R'Aharon Yitzhak and Bracha
on the occasion of his yahrzeit, 24 Iyar,
and members of his family who perished in the shoah Al Kiddush Hashem.
As well as
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
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).