Shabbat Parashat Nitzavim Vayeilech | 5769
Nitzavim Vayeilech | 23 Elul 5769 | 9/13/2009
“Life and death I have placed before you, blessing and curse, and you shall choose life so that you and your offspring will live” (Devarim 30:19). This pasuk is somewhat puzzling. When Hashem offers you to choose life and you choose it, then isn’t it obvious that you will live?
Question: Someone locked his bike to the banister next to the steps leading to our building. The wheel blocked a third of the steps. This created a significant inconvenience (especially to an old, sick man) and caused a couple of people to trip (it was not easy to notice the protruding wheel). After waiting several weeks when apparently no one moved the bike and being unable to ascertain the owner’s identity, we broke the chain and moved the bike nearby to a place where it does not disturb. Must we buy a new chain to lock up the bike to prevent its theft? (In our safe neighborhood, carriages and (often) bikes are left unlocked, and they can remain many months without being stolen.)
May it be Your will, Hashem … that you shall put peace in your legions above and below and between the students who are occupied with Your Torah, whether those who do so with proper intentions (lishma) or those who do so not lishma. And may it be Your will that they will occupy themselves lishma.
We saw last time that in order to force someone to adjudicate, it is necessary to have dayanim who have authentic semicha that was passed on from the time of Moshe Rabbeinu. Considering that the chain of transmission has been broken, how does the beit din system work nowadays?
This week in the Daf Hayomi, we begin to learn the second chapter of Baba Batra, which deals with the obligation to take preventative measures in order to avoid causing damage to neighbors. Even when a person is doing something in his private property, he must take certain precautions so as not to cause damage to his neighbors. For example, when a person lights a fire in an oven, the Mishna (20b) states a certain safety distance that must be kept in order to prevent the fire from breaking out.
The Eretz Hemdah family expresses its condolences to
Rabbi Yosef Carmel,
the head of the Kollel,
on the passing
of his mother,
With great sorrow we inform the passing of
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of
R' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
Hemdat Yamim is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker of Chicago, Illinois in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker
and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.
Hemdat Yamim is dedicated
to the memory of the
beloved friend of Eretz Hemdah
Doris (Doba) Moinester
whose Yahrtzeit is 23rd of Elul
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).